Herman Melville

Herman Melville was an American novelist, essayist, and poet.
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He who has never failed somewhere. . . that man can not be great.

Herman Melville

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 causes, and they come back to us as effects.

Herman Melville

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

Herman Melville

From without, no wonderful effect is wrought within ourselves, unless some interior, responding wonder meets it.

Herman Melville

Is there some principal of nature which states that we never know the quality of what we have until it is gone?

Herman Melville

There is no dignity in wickedness, whether in purple or rags; and hell is a democracy of devils, where all are equals.

Herman Melville

It is not down in any map; true places never are.

Herman Melville

There is all of the difference in the world between paying and being paid.

Herman Melville

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.

Herman Melville

Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.

Herman Melville

If you can get nothing better out of the world, get a good dinner out of it, at least.

Herman Melville

Truth is in things, and not in words.

Herman Melville

There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.

Herman Melville

Yet habit - strange thing! what cannot habit accomplish?

Herman Melville

Art is the objectification of feeling.

Herman Melville

Know, thou, that the lines that live are turned out of a furrowed brow.

Herman Melville

To the last, I grapple with thee; From Hell's heart, I stab at thee; For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee.

Herman Melville

I am madness maddened! That wild madness that's only calm to comprehend itself!

Herman Melville

Life's a voyage that's homeward bound.

Herman Melville

Hope is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity.

Herman Melville

There is nothing namable but that some men will, or undertake to, do it for pay.

Herman Melville

Let us speak, though we show all our faults and weaknesses, - for it is a sign of strength to be weak, to know it, and out with it - not in a set way and ostentatiously, though, but incidentally and without premeditation.

Herman Melville

They talk of the dignity of work. The dignity is in leisure.

Herman Melville

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.

Herman Melville

Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.

Herman Melville
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