Herman Melville Quotes

Who the Hell is Herman Melville?

Herman Melville was an American novelist, best known for his book 'Moby Dick'.

Born August 01, 1819
Died September 28, 1891

Books by Herman Melville


Best 17 Quotes by Herman Melville

“A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.”

Herman Melville

“I do not think I have any uncharitable prejudice against the rattlesnake, still, I should not like to be one.”

Herman Melville

“It's better to fail in originality than succeed in imitation.”

Herman Melville

“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

"Moby Dick" Quotes

“As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.”

Herman Melville
Moby Dick

“Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunk Christian.”

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Moby Dick

“Call me Ishmael.”

Herman Melville
Moby Dick

“Human madness is oftentimes a cunning and most feline thing. When you think it fled, it may have but become transfigured into some still subtler form.”

Herman Melville
Moby Dick

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing.”

Herman Melville
Moby Dick

“I try all things, I achieve what I can.”

Herman Melville
Moby Dick

“Ignorance is the parent of fear.”

Herman Melville
Moby Dick

“It is not down on any map; true places never are.”

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Moby Dick

“Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the sun if it insulted me.”

Herman Melville
Moby Dick

"Pierre" Quotes

“A gentle sister is the second best gift to a man.”

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Pierre

“A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.”

Herman Melville
Pierre

“For in tremendous extremities human souls are like drowning men; well enough they know they are in peril; well enough they know the causes of that peril; – nevertheless, the sea is the sea, and these drowning men do drown.”

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Pierre

“This whole world is a preposterous one, with many preposterous people in it.”

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Pierre