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Herman Melville

Read through the most famous quotes from Herman Melville

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

— Herman Melville

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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


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

— Herman Melville

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

— Herman Melville

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Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed.

— Herman Melville

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I would prefer not to.

— Herman Melville

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I try all things, I achieve what I can.

— Herman Melville


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

— Herman Melville

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Call me Ishmael.

— Herman Melville

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I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.

— Herman Melville

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About Herman Melville

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At first his progress on Moby-Dick moved swiftly. In June he described the book to his English publiHerman Melviller as "a romance of adventure founded upon certain wild legends in the Southern Sperm Whale FiHerman Melvilleries" and promised it would be done by the fall. Melville also wrote Billy Budd White-Jacket Israel Potter Redburn Typee Omoo Pierre The Confidence-Man and many short stories including "Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street" and "Benito Cereno" and works of various genres.

In 1919 the unfiniHerman Melvilled manuscript for his novella Billy Budd was discovered by his first biographer. It was not until the "Melville Revival" in the early 20th century that his work won recognition especially Moby-Dick which was hailed as one of the literary masterpieces of both American and world literature. Herman Melville (August 1 1819 – September 28 1891) was an American novelist short story writer essayist and poet.

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