Herman Melville Quotes (38 quotations)

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

2. Art is the objectification of feeling. - Herman Melville

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

4. Death is only a launching into the region of the strange Untried; it is but the first salutation to the possibilities of the immense Remote, the Wild, the Watery, the Unshored..." - Herman Melville

5. Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shores our bed and eats at our own table. - Herman Melville

6. For all men tragically great are made so through a certain morbidness. - Herman Melville

7. For as this appalling ocean surrounds the verdant land, so in the soul of man there lies one insular Tahiti, full of peace and joy, but encompassed by all the horrors of the half known life. God keep thee! Push not off from that isle, thou canst never return! - Herman Melville

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

9. God help thee, old man, thy thoughts have created a creature in thee; and he whose intense thinking thus makes him a Prometheus; a vulture feeds upon that heart for ever; that vulture the very creature he creates. - Herman Melville

10. 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

11. He pressed his forehead against mine, clasped me round the waist, and said that henceforth we were married... Thus, then, in our hearts' honeymoon, lay I and Queequeg - a cosy, loving pair. - Herman Melville

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

13. He's a grand, ungodly, god-like man. - Herman Melville

14. How wondrous familiar is a fool! - Herman Melville

15. I am madness maddened! That wild madness that's only calm to comprehend itself! - Herman Melville

16. 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

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

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

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

20. Life's a voyage that's homeward bound. - Herman Melville

21. Men may seem detestable as joint stock-companies and nations; knaves, fools, and murderers there may be; men may have mean and meagre faces; but man, in the ideal, is so noble and so sparkling, such a grand and glowing creature, that over any ignominious blemish in him all his fellows should run to throw their costliest robes. - Herman Melville

22. Miserable man! Oh! most contemptible and worthy of all scorn; with slouched hat and guilty eye, skulking from his God; prowling among the shipping like a vile burglar hastening to cross the seas. - Herman Melville

23. 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

24. So man's insanity is heaven's sense; and wandering from all mortal reason, man comes at last to that celestial thought, which, to reason, is absurd and frantic; and weal or woe, feels then uncompromised, indifferent as his God. - Herman Melville

25. The beauty myth moves for men as a mirage; its power lies in its ever-receding nature. When the gap is closed, the lover embraces only his own disillusion. - Herman Melville

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