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Herman Melville Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Herman Melville

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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.
- Herman Melville

Truth uncompromisingly told will always have its ragged edges.
- Herman Melville

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

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

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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

Whatever fortune brings, don't be afraid of doing things.
- Herman Melville

A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.
- Herman Melville


 

To be hated cordially, is only a left-handed compliment.
- Herman Melville

The march of conquest through wild provinces,
may be the march of Mind; but not the march of Love.
- Herman Melville

There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method.
- Herman Melville

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.
- Herman Melville

Toil is man's allotment; toil of brain,
or toil of hands, or a grief that's more than either,
the grief and sin of idleness.
- 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

I am, as I am; whether hideous, or handsome,
depends upon who is made judge.
- Herman Melville

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

Truth is in things, and not in words.
- Herman Melville

To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom,
and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.
- Herman Melville

It is impossible to talk or to write without apparently
throwing oneself helplessly open.
- Herman Melville

At sea a fellow comes out.
Salt water is like wine, in that respect.
- 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

Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs,
and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope.
- Herman Melville

A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.
- Herman Melville

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

There is sorrow in the world, but goodness too;
and goodness that is not greenness,
either, no more than sorrow is.
- Herman Melville

Old age is always wakeful; as if, the longer linked with life,
the less man has to do with aught that looks like death.
- Herman Melville

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
- Herman Melville

A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.
- Herman Melville

They talk of the dignity of work.
The dignity is in leisure.
- Herman Melville

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

There is a touch of divinity even in brutes,
and a special halo about a horse, that should forever
exempt him from indignities.
- Herman Melville

There are certain queer times and occasions in this
strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes
his whole universe for a vast practical joke.
- Herman Melville

Yet habit - strange thing!
what cannot habit accomplish?
- Herman Melville

There are times when even the most potent governor
must wink at transgression,
in order to preserve the laws inviolate for the future.
- Herman Melville

There are hardly five critics in America;
and several of them are asleep.
- Herman Melville

Let America first praise mediocrity even,
in her children, before she praises...
the best excellence in the children of any other land.
- Herman Melville

Heaven have mercy on us all - Presbyterians and Pagans alike -
for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head,
and sadly need mending.
- Herman Melville

There is one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea,
whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.
- Herman Melville

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

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

Where do murderers go, man!
Who's to doom, when the judge himself is dragged to the bar?
- Herman Melville

He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great.
- Herman Melville

Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight,
is said to be the only truth.
- Herman Melville

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.
- Herman Melville

Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.
- Herman Melville

To be called one thing, is oftentimes to be another.
- Herman Melville

Art is the objectification of feeling.
- Herman Melville

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.
- Herman Melville

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.
- 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

There are some persons in this world,
who, unable to give better proof of being wise,
take a strange delight in showing what they think they
have sagaciously read in mankind by uncharitable suspicions of them.
- Herman Melville

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,
in which you can walk with love and reverence.
- Henry David Thoreau

For some of us, the world appears to provide
only a fixed quantity of each resource -
a limited amount of food, of money,
of love, of success, of appreciation.
For others, life is unlimited.
Their world expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that they contribute.
In this world-view, money that is spent
or given away returns multiplied.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Some days are simply meant for playing.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A sense of humor... is needed armor.
Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips
is a sign that the person down deep
has a pretty good grasp of life.
- Hugh Sidey

Every time you hear a bell ring,
it means that some angel's just got his wings.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

I have always held firmly to the thought
that each one of us can do a little
to bring some portion of misery to an end.
- Albert Schweitzer

God gives some more than others
because some accept more than others.
- Ernest Holmes

A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting
on his past actions and their motives -
of approving of some and disapproving of others.
- Charles Darwin

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive
is devoid of the power to love.
There is some good in the worst of us
and some evil in the best of us.
When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Since it is not granted to us to live long,
let us transmit to posterity some memorial that we have at least lived.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Do you feel stuck?
Whether in a project, a job, a relationship,
or some other situation,
there is a time for perseverance,
and a time for letting go and moving on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our grandchildren's grandchildren will shake their heads in shame
at some of the beliefs that we hold most dear today -
the question is, which ones?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies;
but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and,
as the magnet finds the iron,
so it will find, in every hour,
some heavenly blessings!
- Henry Ward Beecher

There is a good ear, in some men,
that draws supplies to virtue
out of very indifferent nutriment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people stay for awhile,
and move our souls to dance.
They awaken us to a new understanding,
leave footprints on our hearts,
and we are never, ever the same.
- Flavia Weedn

Be a yardstick of quality.
Some people aren't used to an environment
where excellence is expected.
- Steve Jobs

Why, I'd like nothing better than to achieve
some bold adventure, worthy of our trip.
- Aristophanes

No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny
without leaving some mark on it forever.
- Francois Muriac


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