Herman Melville Quotes (38 quotations)

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26. 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 Melville

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

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

29. Thrusted light is worse than presented pistols. - Herman Melville

30. 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

31. 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

32. 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

33. Toward the accomplishment of an aim, which in wantonness of atrocity would seem to partake of the insane, he will direct a cool judgement, sagacious and sound. These men are madmen, and of the most dangerous sort. - Herman Melville

34. 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

35. Were this world an endless pain, and by sailing eastward we could forever reach new distances, and discover sights more sweet and strange than any Cyclades or Islands of King Solomon, then there were promise in the voyage. - Herman Melville

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

37. When beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean's skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not willingly remember that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless fang. - Herman Melville

38. Where does the violet tint end and the orange tint begins? Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the one first blending enter into the other. So with sanity and insanity. - Herman Melville

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