Herman Melville Quotes

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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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There are times when even the most potent governor must wink at transgression, in order to preserve the laws inviolate for the future.

Herman Melville

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.

Herman Melville

A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.

Herman Melville

Art is the objectification of feeling.

Herman Melville

In this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely, and without passport; whereas Virtue, if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers.

Herman Melville

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

Herman Melville

Truth is the silliest thing under the sun. Try to get a living by the Truth and go to the Soup Societies. Heavens! Let any clergyman try to preach the Truth from its very stronghold, the pulpit, and they would ride him out of his church on his own pulpit

Herman Melville

Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight, is said to be the only truth.

Herman Melville

Let America first praise mediocrity even, in her children, before she praises... the best excellence in the children of any other land.

Herman Melville

Is there some principal of nature which states that we never know the quality of what we have until it is gone?

Herman Melville

To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.

Herman Melville

Hope is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity.

Herman Melville

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

Herman Melville

He offered a prayer so deeply devout that he seemed kneeling and praying at the bottom of the sea.

Herman Melville

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.

Herman Melville