110 Total Quotes

Herman Melville Quotes

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

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
#Heaven

People think that if a man has undergone any hardship, he should have a reward; but for my part, if I have done the hardest possible day's work, and then come to sit down in a corner and eat my supper comfortably --why, then I don't think I deserve any reward for my hard day's work --for am I not now at peace? Is not my supper good?
Herman Melville
#Rewards

The lightning flashes through my skull; mine eyeballs ache and ache; my whole beaten brain seems as beheaded, and rolling on some stunning ground.
Herman Melville
#Madness

It is not down in any map; true places never are.
Herman Melville
#American Novelist #Map

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

So man's insanity is heaven's sense; and wandering from all mortal reason, man comes at last to that celestial thought, which, to reason, is absurd and frantic; and weal or woe, feels then uncompromised, indifferent as his God.
Herman Melville
#Insanity

Thrusted light is worse than presented pistols.
Herman Melville
#Light

I feel that the Godhead is broken up like the bread at the Supper, and that we are the pieces. Hence this infinite fraternity of feeling.
Herman Melville
#Human Fellowship

Grab your oars and clutch your souls!
Herman Melville
#Clutch

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

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
#American Novelist #Men

. . . these are the times of dreamy quietude, when beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean's skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not willingly remember, that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless fang.
Herman Melville
#Beauty

They talk of the dignity of work. The dignity is in leisure.
Herman Melville
#American Novelist #Dignity

Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight, is said to be the only truth.
Herman Melville
#Friends Or Friendship #Quote of the Day

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
Herman Melville
#American Novelist #Imitation

Art is the objectification of feeling.
Herman Melville
#American Novelist #Art

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
#American Novelist #Books And Reading

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
#Forgiveness

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
#Heart

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
#Faults

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