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Herman Melville Quotes and Sayings

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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

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
- Herman Melville

It is impossible to talk or to write without apparently
throwing oneself helplessly open.
- 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

 

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

To be called one thing, is oftentimes to be another.
- Herman Melville

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

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

Art is the objectification of feeling.
- Herman Melville

Some dying men are the most tyrannical;
and certainly,
since they will shortly trouble us so little for evermore,
the poor fellows ought to be indulged.
- Herman Melville

A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.
- Herman Melville

They talk of the dignity of work.
The dignity is in leisure.
- Herman Melville

Truth uncompromisingly told will always have its ragged edges.
- 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

There is no dignity in wickedness, whether in purple or rags;
and hell is a democracy of devils,
where all are equals.
- Herman Melville

To be hated cordially, is only a left-handed compliment.
- 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

There is nothing namable but that some men will,
or undertake to, do it for pay.
- Herman Melville

Whatever fortune brings, don't be afraid of doing things.
- Herman Melville

There is something wrong about the man who wants help.
There is somewhere a deep defect, a want,
in brief, a need, a crying need, somewhere about that man.
- 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

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

Old age is always wakeful; as if, the longer linked with life,
the less man has to do with aught that looks like death.
- Herman Melville

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

There is all of the difference in the world between paying and being paid.
- 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

Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.
- Herman Melville

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

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

Where do murderers go, man!
Who's to doom, when the judge himself is dragged to the bar?
- Herman Melville

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

Truth is in things, and not in words.
- Herman Melville

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

There is sorrow in the world, but goodness too;
and goodness that is not greenness,
either, no more than sorrow is.
- Herman Melville

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

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

Yet habit - strange thing!
what cannot habit accomplish?
- Herman Melville

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

There are hardly five critics in America;
and several of them are asleep.
- Herman Melville

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

A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.
- Herman Melville

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

The march of conquest through wild provinces,
may be the march of Mind; but not the march of Love.
- Herman Melville

At sea a fellow comes out.
Salt water is like wine, in that respect.
- Herman Melville

There is one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea,
whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.
- Herman Melville

Know, thou, that the lines that live are turned out of a furrowed brow.
- Herman Melville

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

There are some persons in this world,
who, unable to give better proof of being wise,
take a strange delight in showing what they think they
have sagaciously read in mankind by uncharitable suspicions of them.
- Herman Melville

Let us speak, though we show all our faults and weaknesses,
- for it is a sign of strength to be weak,
to know it, and out with it - not in a set way and ostentatiously,
though, but incidentally and without premeditation.
- Herman Melville

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

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 bannister.
- Herman Melville

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely.
It is absolutely touch and go.
Each one of us could make the difference.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Love is like a beautiful flower
which I may not touch,
but whose fragrance makes the garden
a place of delight just the same.
- Helen Keller

Let us touch the dying, the poor,
the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received
and let us not be ashamed
or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

I live to experience something new each day -
to learn something new,
meet a new friend,
bring joy into someone's life,
feel the wind newly on my skin,
touch a new fear, a new anger,
and with focused intent and good fortune,
find an ample measure of my own joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May you taste, smell, and touch
your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

Most people give up just when
they're about to achieve success.
They quit on the one yard line.
They give up at the last minute of the game,
one foot from a winning touch down.
- Ross Perot

Only from the heart can you touch the sky.
- Rumi

What is our family?
We touch our full hearts and see ourselves
reflected whole in each other's eyes.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Be avid.
Create apart from perfection.
Risk failure.
Cover your words with sweat.
Run a little
Touch excruciatingly.
Laugh until you cry.
Dance with your eyes closed.
Care.
Understand you die a little in every moment.
Be Enlivened
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I will dance a little.
I will move with the wind.
I will give my body to my love and celebrate
that we have substance beyond the idea of ourselves.
We can move. We can touch. This is my physical exclamation point.
This is how I can awaken my mind to the possibilities in the day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Why live?
Adding one to my count of days, or postponing
a feared death by another day do not inspire me.
I live to experience something new each day -
to learn something new, meet a new friend,
bring joy into someone's life,
feel the wind newly on my skin,
touch a new fear, a new anger,
and with focused intent and good fortune,
find an ample measure of my own joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself,
and know that everything in life has purpose.
There are no mistakes, no coincidences,
all events are blessings given to us to learn from.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

When you lose touch with yourself,
you lose yourself in the world.
- Eckhart Tolle

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,
a smile, a kind word, a listening ear,
an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia

Friends share our pain and touch our wounds
with a gentle and tender hand.
- Henri Nouwen


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