The best Quotes by Herman Melville

The best Quotes by Herman Melville

Herman Melville (born Melvill; August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet of the American Renaissance period. Among his best-known works are Moby-Dick (1851); Typee (1846), a romanticized account of his experiences in Polynesia; and Billy Budd, Sailor, a posthumously published novella.

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
There is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of man.
I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing.
It is not down on any map; true places never are.
Ignorance is the parent of fear.
Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the sun if it insulted me.
See how elastic our prejudices grow when once love comes to bend them.
It is only when caught in the swift, sudden turn of death, that mortals realize the silent, subtle, ever-present perils of life.
Top-heavy was the ship as a dinnerless student with all Aristotle in his head.
Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunk Christian.
In this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely and without a passport; whereas Virtue, if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers.
It is the easiest thing in the world for a man to look as if he had a great secret in him.
They talk of the dignity of work. The dignity is in leisure.
We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.
Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight, is said to be the only truth.
There is no dignity in wickedness, whether in purple or rags; and hell is a democracy of devils, where all are equals.
I am, as I am; whether hideous, or handsome, depends upon who is made judge.

Quotes about Herman Melville

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Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain.
It is harder to crack a prejudice than an atom.
Christians who pray are like pillars that carry the world.
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