Herman Melville Quotes

Herman Melville

US novelist & sailor (1819 - 1891)

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A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.

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He who has never failed somewhere. . . that man can not be great.

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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.

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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.

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From without, no wonderful effect is wrought within ourselves, unless some interior, responding wonder meets it.

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It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

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Where does the violet tint end and the orange tint begins? Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the one first blending enter into the other. So with sanity and insanity.

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