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Herman Melville Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Dec 2020
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I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing.
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
So philosophers so throughly comprehend us as horses.
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
Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.
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.
Yet habit - strange thing! what cannot habit accomplish?
Where do murderers go, man! Who's to doom, when the judge himself is dragged to the bar?
Whatever fortune brings, don't be afraid of doing things.
Truth uncompromisingly told will always have its ragged edges.
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.
Truth is in things, and not in words.
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.
To be hated cordially, is only a left-handed compliment.
To be called one thing, is oftentimes to be another.
They talk of the dignity of work. The dignity is in leisure.
There is sorrow in the world, but goodness too; and goodness that is not greenness, either, no more than sorrow is.
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.
There is one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.
There is nothing namable but that some men will, or undertake to, do it for pay.
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