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    It is not down on any map; true places never are.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: true 
     
    Whatever fortune brings, don't be afraid of doing things.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: afraid 
     
    You cannot spill a drop of American blood without spilling the blood of the whole world.... We are not a nation, so much as a world.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: world  blood  american 
     
    But are sailors, frequenters of fiddlers' greens, without vices? No; but less often than with landsmen do their vices, so called, partake of crookedness of heart, seeming less to proceed from viciousness than exuberance of vitality after long constraint: frank manifestations in accordance with natural law.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: heart  law  manifestation 
     
    Nature is nobody's ally.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: nature 
     
    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
    tags: humanity  poor 
     
    There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: world  quality 
     
    Methinks we have hugely mistaken this matter of Life and Death. Methinks that what they call my shadow here on earth is my true substance. Methinks that in looking at things spiritual, we are too much like oysters observing the sun through the water, and thinking that thick water the thinnest of air. Me thinks my body is but the lees of my better being. In fact take my body who will, take it I say, it is not me.
    — Herman Melville
    I have no objection to any person's religion, be it what it may, so long as that person does not kill or insult any other person, because that other person don't believe it also. But when a man's religion becomes really frantic; when it is a positive torment to him; and, in fine, makes this earth of ours an uncomfortable inn to lodge in; then I think it high time to take that individual aside and argue the point with him.
    — Herman Melville
    And so, through all the thick mists of the dim doubts in my mind, divine intuitions now and then shoot, enkindling my fog with a heavenly ray. And for this I thank God; for all have doubts; many deny; but doubts or denials, few along with them, have intuitions. Doubts of all things earthly, and intuitions of some things heavenly; this combination makes neither believer nor infidel, but makes a man who regards them both with equal eye.
    — Herman Melville
    It is better to fail in originality, than to succeed in imitation. He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great. Failure is the true test of greatness.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: failure  men  greatness  true  fail 
     
    What is an atheist, but one who does not, or will not, see in the universe a ruling principle of love; and what a misanthrope, but one who does not, or will not, see in man a ruling principle of kindness?
    — Herman Melville
    tags: men  atheist  universe 
     
    There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: true 
     
    for there is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men
    — Herman Melville
    tags: men  earth  madness 
     
    We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: men  live 
     
    Meditation and water are wedded for ever.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: water  meditation 
     
    I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing.
    — Herman Melville
    A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: men 
     
    Ignorance is the parent of fear.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: fear  parent  ignorance 
     
    It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: fail 
     
    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
    tags: live  action 
     
    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
    tags: heart  hate  hell 
     
    A good laugh is a mighty good thing, a rather too scarce a good thing.
    — Herman Melville
    Dream tonight of peacock tails, Diamond fields and spouter whales. Ills are many, blessing few, But dreams tonight will shelter you.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: blessing  dreams  diamond 
     
    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
    tags: death  wild  possibility 
     
    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
    tags: beauty  heart  ocean 
     
    Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: world  thoughts  mind  money  year 
     
    Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the sun if it insulted me.
    — Herman Melville
    How it is I know not; but there is no place like a bed for confidential disclosures between friends. Man and wife, they say, there open the very bottom of their souls to each other; and some old couples often lie and chat over old times till nearly morning. Thus, then, in our hearts' honeymoon, lay I and Queequeg - a cosy, loving pair.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: time  men  heart  friends  lies  soul  loving  wife 
     
    For small erections may be finished by their first architects; grand ones, true ones, ever leave the copestone to posterity. God keep me from ever completing anything. This whole book is but a draught-nay, but the draught of a draught. Oh, Time, Strength, Cash, and Patience!
    — Herman Melville
    tags: time  true  god  book  strength 
     
    I try all things, I achieve what I can.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: achieve 
     
    Whatever my fate, I'll go to it laughing.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: fate 
     
    In this world of lies, Truth is forced to fly like a scared white doe in the woodlands; and only by cunning glimpses will she reveal herself, as in Shakespeare and other masters of the great Art of Telling the Truth, even though it be covertly, and by snatches.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: truth  world  lies  master 
     
    Heaven have mercy on us all - Presbyterians and Pagans alike - for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need mending.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: mercy  heaven 
     
    Genius, all over the world, stands hand in hand, and one shock of recognition runs the whole circle round.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: world  genius 
     
    The only true infidelity is for a live man to vote himself dead.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: men  live  true 
     
    For whatever is truly wondrous and fearful in man, never yet was put into words or books.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: men  book 
     
    Failure is the true test of greatness
    — Herman Melville
    tags: failure  greatness  true 
     
    Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: sleep  christian 
     
    A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: college 
     
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    herman melville
    Birth    : August 1, 1819
    Death  : September 28, 1891
    Occupation  : Novelist