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Herman Melville Quotes

Herman Melville Quote: “I would prefer not to.”
Herman Melville Quote: “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
Herman Melville Quote: “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 Quote: “God’s one and only voice is silence.”
Herman Melville Quote: “I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.”
Herman Melville Quote: “It is not down in any map; true places never are.”
Herman Melville Quote: “Call me Ishmael.”
Herman Melville Quote: “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 Quote: “Ah, Bartleby! Ah, humanity!”
Herman Melville Quote: “Life’s a voyage that’s homeward bound.”
Herman Melville Quote: “The eyes are the gateway to the soul.”
Herman Melville Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “Who in the rainbow can draw the line where the violet tint ends and the orange tint begins? Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the one first blendingly enter into the other? So with sanity and insanity.”
Herman Melville Quote: “There’s magic in the water that draws all men away form the land, that leads them over hills, down creeks and streams and rivers to the sea.”
Herman Melville Quote: “Beneath those stars is a universe of gliding monsters.”
Herman Melville Quote: “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 Quote: “A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.”
Herman Melville Quote: “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 Quote: “Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight, is said to be the only truth.”
Herman Melville Quote: “Failure is the true test of greatness.”
Herman Melville Quote: “Only the man who says no is free.”
Herman Melville Quote: “Stay true to the dreams of thy youth.”
Herman Melville Quote: “Dream tonight of peacock tails, Diamond fields and spouter whales. Ills are many, blessing few, But dreams tonight will shelter you.”
Herman Melville Quote: “I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.”
Herman Melville Quote: “No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses.”
Herman Melville Quote: “We Americans are the peculiar, chosen people – the Israel of our time; we bear the ark of the liberties of the world.”
Herman Melville Quote: “All Profound things, and emotions of things are preceded and attended by Silence.”
Herman Melville Quote: “Where lies the final harbor, whence we unmoor no more?”
Herman Melville Quote: “To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be that have tried it.”
Herman Melville Quote: “We should, if possible, prove a teacher to posterity, instead of being the pupil of by-gone generations. More shall come after us than have gone before; the world is not yet middle-aged.”
Herman Melville Quote: “Ah, happiness courts the light so we deem the world is gay. But misery hides aloof so we deem that misery there is none.”
Herman Melville Quote: “A good laugh is a mighty good thing, a rather too scarce a good thing.”
Herman Melville Quote: “I try all things, I achieve what I can.”
Herman Melville Quote: “All wars are boyish, and are fought by boys.”
Herman Melville Quote: “The path to my fixed purpose is laid with iron rails whereon my soul is grooved to run.”
Herman Melville Quote: “I am, as I am; whether hideous, or handsome, depends upon who is made judge.”
Herman Melville Quote: “There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes his whole universe for a vast practical joke.”
Herman Melville Quote: “There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.”
Herman Melville Quote: “Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I’d strike the sun if it insulted me.”
Herman Melville Quote: “See how elastic our prejudices grow when once love comes to bend them.”
Herman Melville Quote: “Yea, foolish mortals, Noah’s flood is not yet subsided; two thirds of the fair world it yet covers.”
Herman Melville Quote: “He piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart’s shell upon it.”
Herman Melville Quote: “We cannot live for ourselves alone.”
Herman Melville Quote: “Niggards are oftentimes neat.”
Herman Melville Quote: “But I shall follow the endless, winding way, – the flowing river in the cave of man; careless whither I be led, reckless where I land.”
Herman Melville Quote: “I rejoice in my spine, as in the firm audacious staff of that flag which I fling half out to the world.”
Herman Melville Quote: “Youth is immortal; Tis the elderly only grow old!”
Herman Melville Quote: “As with ships, so with men; he who turns his back to his foe gives him an advantage.”
Herman Melville Quote: “There never was a great man yet who spent all his life inland.”
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