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Herman Melville Quotes & Quotations
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    A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities. Herman-MelvilleHerman Melville
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    Art is the objectification of feeling. Herman-MelvilleHerman Melville
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    At sea a fellow comes out. Salt water is like wine, in that respect. Herman-MelvilleHerman Melville
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    Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian. Herman-MelvilleHerman Melville
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    Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian. Herman-MelvilleHerman Melville
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    Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope. Herman-MelvilleHerman Melville
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    Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight, is said to be the only truth. Herman-MelvilleHerman Melville
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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. Herman-MelvilleHerman Melville
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    He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great. Herman-MelvilleHerman Melville
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    Hope is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity. Herman-MelvilleHerman Melville
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    It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. Herman-MelvilleHerman Melville
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    It is impossible to talk or to write without apparently throwing oneself helplessly open. Herman-MelvilleHerman Melville
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    It is not down in any map; true places never are. Herman-MelvilleHerman Melville
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    Know, thou, that the lines that live are turned out of a furrowed brow. Herman-MelvilleHerman Melville
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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. Herman-MelvilleHerman Melville
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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. Herman-MelvilleHerman 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-MelvilleHerman Melville
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    The march of conquest through wild provinces, may be the march of Mind; but not the march of Love. Herman-MelvilleHerman Melville
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    There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody's expense but his own. Herman-MelvilleHerman Melville
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    There are hardly five critics in America; and several of them are asleep. Herman-MelvilleHerman Melville
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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. Herman-Melville/">Herman Melville
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    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/">Herman Melville
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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. Herman-Melville/">Herman Melville
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    There is nothing namable but that some men will, or undertake to, do it for pay. Herman-Melville/">Herman Melville
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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. Herman-Melville/">Herman Melville
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    There is sorrow in the world, but goodness too; and goodness that is not greenness, either, no more than sorrow is. Herman-Melville/">Herman Melville
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    They talk of the dignity of work. The dignity is in leisure. Herman-Melville/">Herman Melville
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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. Herman-Melville/">Herman Melville
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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. Herman-Melville/">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/">Herman Melville
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    We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. Herman-Melville/">Herman Melville
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    Where do murderers go, man! Who's to doom, when the judge himself is dragged to the bar? Herman-Melville/">Herman Melville