Herman Melville Quotes


64 Herman Melville quotes:



"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as courses, and they come back to us as effects."
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"Let America first praise mediocrity even, in her children, before she praises... the best excellence in the children of any other land."
"There is nothing namable but that some men will, or undertake to, do it for pay."
"Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight, is said to be the only truth."
"To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be that have tried it."
"It is not down in any map; true places never are."
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"There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method."
"Some dying men are the most tyrannical; and certainly, since they will shortly trouble us so little for evermore, the poor fellows ought to be indulged."
"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."
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"Art is the objectification of feeling."
"Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope."
"In this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely, and without passport; whereas Virtue, if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers."
"He piled upon the whale's white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart's shell upon it."
"A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard."
"There is something wrong about the man who wants help. There is somewhere a deep defect, a want, in brief, a need, a crying need, somewhere about that man."
"A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things."
"Where do murderers go, man! Who's to doom, when the judge himself is dragged to the bar?"
"There is sorrow in the world, but goodness too; and goodness that is not greenness, either, no more than sorrow is."
"At sea a fellow comes out. Salt water is like wine, in that respect."
"The march of conquest through wild provinces, may be the march of Mind; but not the march of Love."



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