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    Are not half our lives spent in reproaches for foregone actions, of the true nature and consequences of which we were wholly ignorant at the time?
    — Herman Melville
    Madman! Look through my eyes if thou hast none of thine own.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: eyes 
     
    So, when on one side you hoist in Locke's head, you go over that way; but now, on the other side, hoist in Kant's and you come back again; but in very poor plight. Thus, some minds for ever keep trimming boat. Oh, ye foolish! throw all these thunder-heads overboard, and then you will float light and right.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: right  poor  mind 
     
    For God's sake, be economical with your lamps and candles! not a gallon you burn, but at least one drop of man's blood was spilled for it.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: blood  god 
     
    To a sensitive being, pity is not seldom pain.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: pain 
     
    But the might-have-been is but boggy ground to build upon.
    — Herman Melville
    My body is but the lees of my better being.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: body 
     
    But as in landlessness alone resides the highest truth, shoreless, indefinite as God - so better is it to perish in that howling infinite, than be ingloriously dashed upon the lee, even if that were safety! For worm-like, then, oh! who would craven crawl to land!
    — Herman Melville
    tags: truth  alone  god 
     
    Aye, aye! and I'll chase him round Good Hope, and round the Horn, and round the Norway Maelstrom, and round perdition's flames before I give him up.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: hope 
     
    A good laugh is a mighty good thing, and rather too scarce a good thing; the more's the pity. So, if any one man, in his own proper person, afford stuff for a good joke to anybody, let him not be backward, but let him cheerfully allow himself to spend and be spent in that way. And the man that has anything bountifully laughable about him, be sure there is more in that man than you perhaps think for.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: men  people 
     
    But even so, amid the tornadoed Atlantic of my being, do I myself still for ever centrally disport in mute calm; and while ponderous planets of unwaning woe revolve round me, deep down and deep inland there I still bathe me in eternal mildness of joy.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: joy 
     
    The Past is the textbook of tyrants; the Future is the Bible of the Free.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: future  past  bible 
     
    I am a man who, from his youth upwards, has been filled with a profound conviction that the easiest way of life is the best.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: men  youth 
     
    I would prefer not to.
    — Herman Melville
    Thou wine art the friend of the friendless, though a foe to all.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: friends 
     
    Thus it often is, that the constant friction of illiberal minds wears out at last the best resolves of the more generous.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: mind 
     
    Struck dead by an angel of God! Yet the angel must hang!
    — Herman Melville
    tags: angel 
     
    The drama's done. Why then here does any one step forth? - Because one did survive the wreck.
    — Herman Melville
    In time of peril, like the needle to the loadstone, obedience, irrespective of rank, generally flies to him who is best fitted to command.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: time 
     
    It is-or seems to be-a wise sort of thing, to realise that all that happens to a man in this life is only by way of joke, especially his misfortunes, if he have them. And it is also worth bearing in mind, that the joke is passed round pretty liberally & impartially, so that not very many are entitled to fancy that they in particular are getting the worst of it.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: men  wise  mind  worth 
     
    Implacable I, the implacable Sea; Implacable most when most I smile serene- Pleased, not appeased, by myriad wrecks in me.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: smile 
     
    Man, in the ideal, is so noble and so sparkling, such a grand and glowing creature, that over any ignominious blemish in him all his fellows should run to throw their costliest robes.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: men  noble 
     
    Nothing may help or heal While Amor incensed remembers wrong.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: help  wrong 
     
    Amity itself can only be maintained by reciprocal respect, and true friends are punctilious equals.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: friends  respect  true 
     
    The terrors of truth and dart of death To faith alike are vain.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: death  truth  faith 
     
    To treat of human actions is to deal wholly with second causes.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: action  human 
     
    Everyone knows that in most people's estimation, to do anything cooly is to do it genteelly.
    — Herman Melville
    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.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: grief  brain  sin 
     
    Give me a condor's quill! Give me Vesuvius crater for an inkstand!
    — Herman Melville
    Stripped of the cunning artifices of the tailor, and standing forth in the garb of Eden - what a sorry set of round-shouldered, spindle-shanked, crane-necked varlets would civilized men appear!
    — Herman Melville
    tags: men  sorry 
     
    Many sensible things banished from high life find an asylum among the mob.
    — Herman Melville
    See how elastic our prejudices grow when once love comes to bend them.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: prejudice 
     
    Ah, Bartleby! Ah, humanity!
    — Herman Melville
    We cannibals must help these Christians.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: help  christian 
     
    Doesn't the devil live forever; who ever heard that the devil was dead? Did you ever see any person wearing mourning for the devil?
    — Herman Melville
    tags: people  live  devil 
     
    Thou saw'st the locked lovers when leaping from their flaming ship; heart to heart they sank beneath the exulting wave; true to each other, when heaven seemed false to them.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: heart  true  lover  heaven 
     
    Think not, is my eleventh commandment; and sleep when you can, is my twelfth.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: sleep 
     
    Top-heavy was the ship as a dinnerless student with all Aristotle in his head.
    — Herman Melville
    Who in the rainbow can draw the line where the violet tint ends and the orange tint begins?
    — Herman Melville
    A true military officer is in one particular like a true monk. Not with more self-abnegation will the latter keep his vows of monastic obedience than the former his vows of allegiance to martial duty.
    — Herman Melville
    tags: true  military 
     
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    herman melville
    Birth    : August 1, 1819
    Death  : September 28, 1891
    Occupation  : Novelist