Herman Melville Quotes

64 Herman Melville quotes:

"For whatever is truly wondrous and fearful in man, never yet was put into words or books."
"The lightning flashes through my skull; mine eyeballs ache and ache; my whole beaten brain seems as beheaded, and rolling on some stunning ground."
Author: Melville Quotes Category: Madness Quotes
"Why, ever since Adam, who has got to the meaning of this great allegory -- the world? Then we pygmies must be content to have out paper allegories but ill comprehended."
"He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great."
"To be hated cordially, is only a left-handed compliment."
"Truth is the silliest thing under the sun. Try to get a living by the Truth and go to the Soup Societies. Heavens! Let any clergyman try to preach the Truth from its very stronghold, the pulpit, and they would ride him out of his church on his own pulpit bannister."
"At last the anchor was up, the sails were set, and off we glided. It was a sharp, cold Christmas; and as the short northern day merged into night, we found ourselves almost broad upon the wintry ocean, whose freezing spray cased us in ice, as in polished armor."
Author: Melville Quotes Category: Christmas Quotes
"Do not presume, well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed, to criticize the poor"
"Let America first praise mediocrity even, in her children, before she praises... the best excellence in the children of any other land."
"How wondrous familiar is a fool!"
"Give me a condor's quill! Give me Vesuvius crater for an inkstand!"
"They talk of the dignity of work. The dignity is in leisure."
Author: Melville Quotes Category: American Novelist Quotes Dignity Quotes
"There are hardly five critics in America; and several of them are asleep."
"There is nothing namable but that some men will, or undertake to, do it for pay."
"There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method."
"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."
Author: Melville Quotes Category: American Novelist Quotes Imitation Quotes
"Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope."
"A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things."
"There is a touch of divinity even in brutes, and a special halo about a horse, that should forever exempt him from indignities."
". . . these are the times of dreamy quietude, when beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean's skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not willingly remember, that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless fang."
Author: Melville Quotes Category: Beauty Quotes

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