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Herman Melville Quotes: "A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities."

A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.




Herman Melville Quotes: "I am, as I am; whether hideous, or handsome, depends upon who is made judge."

I am, as I am; whether hideous, or handsome, depends upon who is made judge.




Herman Melville Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Dream tonight of peacock tails, Diamond fields and spouter whales. Ills are many, blessing few, But dreams tonight will shelter you."

Dream tonight of peacock tails, Diamond fields and spouter whales. Ills are many, blessing few, But dreams tonight will shelter you.




Herman Melville Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Meditation and water are wedded for ever."

Meditation and water are wedded for ever.



Herman Melville Quotes: "I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts."

I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.




Herman Melville Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "War should be carried on like a monsoon; one changeless determination of every particle towards the one unalterable aim."

War should be carried on like a monsoon; one changeless determination of every particle towards the one unalterable aim.



Herman Melville Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "There is a savor of life and immortality in substantial fare. Like balloons, we are nothing till filled."

There is a savor of life and immortality in substantial fare. Like balloons, we are nothing till filled.



Herman Melville Quotes: "No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses."

No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses.




Herman Melville Quotes: "We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men."

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



Herman Melville Quotes: "A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard."

A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.



Herman Melville Quotes: "Give me a condor's quill! Give me Vesuvius crater for an inkstand!"

Give me a condor's quill! Give me Vesuvius crater for an inkstand!



Herman Melville Quotes: "It is not down in any map; true places never are."

It is not down in any map; true places never are.



Herman Melville Quotes: "To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme."

To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.



Herman Melville Quotes: "for there is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men"

for there is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men



Herman Melville Quotes: "Let us only hate hatred; and once give love a play, we will fall in love with a unicorn."

Let us only hate hatred; and once give love a play, we will fall in love with a unicorn.



Herman Melville Quotes: "I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing."

I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing.



Herman Melville Quotes: "A book in a man's brain is better off than a book bound in calf - at any rate it is safer from criticism."

A book in a man's brain is better off than a book bound in calf - at any rate it is safer from criticism.



Herman Melville Quotes: "There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself."

There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.



Herman Melville Quotes: "A hermitage in the forest is the refuge of the narrow-minded misanthrope; a hammock on the ocean is the asylum for the generous distressed."

A hermitage in the forest is the refuge of the narrow-minded misanthrope; a hammock on the ocean is the asylum for the generous distressed.



Herman Melville Quotes: "Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope."

Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope.



Herman Melville Quotes: "Nature is nobody's ally."

Nature is nobody's ally.



Herman Melville Quotes: "Any appellative at all savouring of arbitrary rank is unsuitable to a man of liberal and catholic mind."

Any appellative at all savouring of arbitrary rank is unsuitable to a man of liberal and catholic mind.



Herman Melville Quotes: "Hope is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity."

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



Herman Melville Quotes: "There is a touch of divinity even in brutes, and a special halo about a horse, that should forever exempt him from indignities."

There is a touch of divinity even in brutes, and a special halo about a horse, that should forever exempt him from indignities.



Herman Melville Quotes: "All wars are boyish, and are fought by boys."

All wars are boyish, and are fought by boys.



Herman Melville Quotes: "Ignorance is the parent of fear."

Ignorance is the parent of fear.



Herman Melville Quotes: "There never was a great man yet who spent all his life inland."

There never was a great man yet who spent all his life inland.



Herman Melville Quotes: "Life’s a voyage that’s homeward bound."

Life’s a voyage that’s homeward bound.



Herman Melville Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the sun if it insulted me."

Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the sun if it insulted me.



Herman Melville Quotes: "Art is the objectification of feeling."

Art is the objectification of feeling.



Herman Melville Quotes: "For as this appalling ocean surrounds the verdant land, so in the soul of man there lies one insular Tahiti, full of peace and joy, but encompassed by all the horrors of the half known life."

For as this appalling ocean surrounds the verdant land, so in the soul of man there lies one insular Tahiti, full of peace and joy, but encompassed by all the horrors of the half known life.



Herman Melville Quotes: "The most mighty of nature's laws is this, that out of Death she brings Life."

The most mighty of nature's laws is this, that out of Death she brings Life.



Herman Melville Quotes: "There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method."

There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method.



Herman Melville Quotes: "Silence is the only Voice of our God."

Silence is the only Voice of our God.



Herman Melville Quotes: "They talk of the dignity of work. The dignity is in leisure."

They talk of the dignity of work. The dignity is in leisure.



Herman Melville Quotes: "Heaven have mercy on us all - Presbyterians and Pagans alike - for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need mending."

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 Quotes: "You know nothing till you know all; which is the reason we never know any thing."

You know nothing till you know all; which is the reason we never know any thing.



Herman Melville Quotes: "An utterly fearless man is a far more dangerous comrade than a coward."

An utterly fearless man is a far more dangerous comrade than a coward.



Herman Melville Quotes: "Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight, is said to be the only truth."

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



Herman Melville Quotes: "We are only what we are; not what we would be; nor every thing we hope for. We are but a step in a scale, that reaches further above us than below."

We are only what we are; not what we would be; nor every thing we hope for. We are but a step in a scale, that reaches further above us than below.



Herman Melville Quotes: "A man of true science... thinks, that by mouthing hard words, he proves that he understands hard things."

A man of true science... thinks, that by mouthing hard words, he proves that he understands hard things.



Herman Melville Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Why, ever since Adam, who has got to the meaning of this great allegory - the world? Then we pygmies must be content to have out paper allegories but ill comprehended."

Why, ever since Adam, who has got to the meaning of this great allegory - the world? Then we pygmies must be content to have out paper allegories but ill comprehended.



Herman Melville Quotes: "Immortality is but ubiquity in time."

Immortality is but ubiquity in time.