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Herman Melville
August 1, 1819 - September 28, 1891
Nationality: American
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: American Novelist

A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.


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.


Whatever fortune brings, don't be afraid of doing things.


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.


There is something wrong about the man who wants help. There is somewhere a deep defect, a want, in brief, a need, a crying need, somewhere about that man.


To be called one thing, is oftentimes to be another.


I am, as I am; whether hideous, or handsome, depends upon who is made judge.


There is all of the difference in the world between paying and being paid.


There is sorrow in the world, but goodness too; and goodness that is not greenness, either, no more than sorrow is.


He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great.


Hope is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity.


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


Toil is man's allotment; toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that's more than either, the grief and sin of idleness.


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


There are hardly five critics in America; and several of them are asleep.


There is nothing namable but that some men will, or undertake to, do it for pay.


Know, thou, that the lines that live are turned out of a furrowed brow.


It is not down in any map; true places never are.


There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method.


To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.


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