Quotes by Herman Melville

Herman Melville

Herman Melville

American author

Alive from: 1819-1891

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    In our own hearts, we mold the whole world's hereafters; and in our own hearts we fashion our own gods.
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    But it is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
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    Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope.
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    For whatever is truly wondrous and fearful in man, never yet was put into words or books.
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    Give me a condor's quill! Give me Vesuvius crater for an inkstand!
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    He says NO! in thunder; but the Devil himself cannot make him say yes.
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    He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great.
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    Hope is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity.
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    I feel that the Godhead is broken up like the bread at the Supper, and that we are the pieces. Hence this infinite fraternity of feeling.
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    If some books are deemed most baneful and their sale forbid, how, then, with deadlier facts, not dreams of doting men? Those whom books will hurt will not be proof against events. Events, not books, should be forbid.
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    Let America first praise mediocrity even, in her children, before she praises... the best excellence in the children of any other land.
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    Let me look into a human eye; it is better than to gaze into sea or sky; better than to gaze upon God.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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