Herman Melville Quotes

Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope.
Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Moby Dick, ch. 7 (1851).
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There are doubts, sir, which, if man have them, it is not man that can solve them.
Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. The Confidence-Man (1857), ch. 45, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 10, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1984). Spoken by an old man.
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In social halls a favored guest In years that follow victory won, How sweet to feel your festal fame In woman's glance instinctive thrown: Repose is yours—your deed is known,
Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. poet, novelist. Commemorative of a Naval Victory (l. 10-14). . . Selected Poems of Herman Melville. Hennig Cohen, ed. (1991) Fordham University Press.
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Man lording it over man, man kneeling to man, is a spectacle that Gabriel might well travel hitherward to behold; for never did he behold it in heaven.
Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 60, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970).
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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 (1819-91), U.S. author. Moby Dick, ch. 29 (1851).
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What is an atheist, but one who does not, or will not, see in the universe a ruling principle of love; and what a misanthrope, but one who does not, or will not, see in man a ruling principle of kindness?
Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. The Confidence-Man (1857), ch. 28, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 10, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1984). Spoken by the cosmopolitan.
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But seldom the laurel wreath is seen Unmixed with pensive pansies dark; There's a light and a shadow on every man Who at last attains his lifted mark— Nursing through night the ethereal spark. Elate he never can be; He feels that spirits which glad had hailed his worth, Sleep in oblivion.—The shark Glides white through the phosphorus sea.
Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. poet, novelist. Commemorative of a Naval Victory (l. 19-27). . . Selected Poems of Herman Melville. Hennig Cohen, ed. (1991) Fordham University Press.
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'Tis right to fight for freedom, whoever be the thrall.
Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 162, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970). Spoken by Yoomy, the poet, about slavery.
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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 (1819-1891), U.S. author. Moby Dick, ch. 110 (1851).
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There is sorrow in the world, but goodness too; and goodness that is not greenness, either, no more than sorrow is.
Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. The Confidence-Man (1857), ch. 5, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 10, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1984). Spoken by the man with a weed.
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