Herman Melville Quotes

contempt is as frequently produced at first sight as love.
Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Omoo (1846), ch. 20, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 2, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1968).
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That author who draws a character, even though to common view incongruous in its parts, as the flying-squirrel, and, at different periods, as much at variance with itself as the caterpillar is with the butterfly into which it changes, may yet, in so doing, be not false but faithful to facts.
Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. The Confidence-Man (1857), ch. 14, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 10, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1984).
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At sea a fellow comes out. Salt water is like wine, in that respect.
Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Letter, May 28, 1860, to Evert A. Duyckinck. Correspondence, vol. 14, The Writings of Herman Melville, ed. Lynn Horth (1993).
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There is a savor of life and immortality in substantial fare. Like balloons, we are nothing till filled.
Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 55, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970).
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To be hated cordially, is only a left-handed compliment.
Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Omoo (1846), ch. 50, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 2, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1968).
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It is with fiction as with religion: it should present another world, and yet one to which we feel the tie.
Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. The Confidence-Man (1857), ch. 33, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 10, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1984).
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Praise when merited is not a boon: yet to a generous nature, is it pleasant to utter it.
Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. letter, [between 7 Apr. and 21 July 1886?], to [W. Clark Russell?].. Correspondence, vol. 14, The Writings of Herman Melville, ed. Lynn Horth (1993).
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The dinner-hour is the summer of the day: full of sunshine, I grant; but not like the mellow autumn of supper.
Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 181, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970). Spoken by King Media.
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A thorough tar is unfit for any thing else; and what is more, this fact is the best evidence of his being a true sailor.
Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Omoo (1846), ch. 29, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 2, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1968).
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Where does any novelist pick up any character? For the most part, in town, to be sure.
Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. The Confidence-Man (1857), ch. 44, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 10, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1984).
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