Facts about Herman Melville

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Herman Melville was a famous Novelist from USA, who lived between August 1, 1819 and September 28, 1891.

Zodiac etc.

He/she is born under the zodiac leo, who is known for Ruling, Warmth, Generosity, Faithful, Initiative. Our collection contains 45 quotes who is written / told by Herman.

Related authors: Bill Sienkiewicz

Famous quotes by Herman Melville (45)


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"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"
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"There is no dignity in wickedness, whether in purple or rags; and hell is a democracy of devils, where all are equals"
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"There is one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath"
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"There is all of the difference in the world between paying and being paid"
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"Yet habit - strange thing! what cannot habit accomplish?"
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"Know, thou, that the lines that live are turned out of a furrowed brow"
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"It is not down in any map; true places never are"
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"It is impossible to talk or to write without apparently throwing oneself helplessly open"
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"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation"
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"Is there some principal of nature which states that we never know the quality of what we have until it is gone?"
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"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"
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"I am, as I am; whether hideous, or handsome, depends upon who is made judge"
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"Hope is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity"
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"Heaven have mercy on us all - Presbyterians and Pagans alike - for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need mending"
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"He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great"
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"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"
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"Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight, is said to be the only truth"
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"Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope"
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"Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian"
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"Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian"
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"At sea a fellow comes out. Salt water is like wine, in that respect"
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"Art is the objectification of feeling"
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"A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard"
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"A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities"
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"A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things"
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"Whatever fortune brings, don't be afraid of doing things"
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"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men"
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"Truth uncompromisingly told will always have its ragged edges"
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"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"
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"Truth is in things, and not in words"
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"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"
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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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"To be hated cordially, is only a left-handed compliment"
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"There are times when even the most potent governor must wink at transgression, in order to preserve the laws inviolate for the future"
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"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"
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"There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method"
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"There are hardly five critics in America; and several of them are asleep"
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"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"
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"The march of conquest through wild provinces, may be the march of Mind; but not the march of Love"
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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"
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"Old age is always wakeful; as if, the longer linked with life, the less man has to do with aught that looks like death"
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"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"
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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"


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