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 :: 1819-1891, American Author

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Let us speak, though we show all our faults and weaknesses, --for it is a sign of strength to be weak, to know it, and out with it -- not in a set way and ostentatiously, though, but incidentally and without premeditation.
~ Herman Melville - [Speech]

 

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The consciousness of being deemed dead, is next to the presumable unpleasantness of being so in reality. One feels like his own ghost unlawfully tenanting a defunct carcass.
~ Herman Melville - [Survival]

 

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Let America first praise mediocrity even, in her children, before she praises... the best excellence in the children of any other land.
~ Herman Melville - [Patriotism]

 

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Why, ever since Adam, who has got to the meaning of this great allegory -- the world? Then we pygmies must be content to have out paper allegories but ill comprehended.
~ Herman Melville - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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People think that if a man has undergone any hardship, he should have a reward; but for my part, if I have done the hardest possible day's work, and then come to sit down in a corner and eat my supper comfortably --why, then I don't think I deserve any reward for my hard day's work --for am I not now at peace? Is not my supper good?
~ Herman Melville - [Rewards]

 

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When I think of this life I have led; the desolation of solitude it has been; the masoned, walled-town of a Captain's exclusiveness, which admits but small entrance to any sympathy from the green country without -- oh, weariness! heaviness! Guinea-coast slavery of solitary command!
~ Herman Melville - [Leaders and Leadership]

 

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They talk of the dignity of work. The dignity is in leisure.
~ Herman Melville - [Leisure]

 

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For whatever is truly wondrous and fearful in man, never yet was put into words or books.
~ Herman Melville - [Literature]

 

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The lightning flashes through my skull; mine eyeballs ache and ache; my whole beaten brain seems as beheaded, and rolling on some stunning ground.
~ Herman Melville - [Madness]

 

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He says NO! in thunder; but the Devil himself cannot make him say yes.
~ Herman Melville - [Obstinacy]

 

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But it is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
~ Herman Melville - [Originality]

 

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He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great.
~ Herman Melville - [Failure]

 

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Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope.
~ Herman Melville - [Faith]

 

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In our own hearts, we mold the whole world's hereafters; and in our own hearts we fashion our own gods.
~ Herman Melville - [Heart]

 

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Hope is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity.
~ Herman Melville - [Hope]

 

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I feel that the Godhead is broken up like the bread at the Supper, and that we are the pieces. Hence this infinite fraternity of feeling.
~ Herman Melville - [Human Fellowship]

 

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Let me look into a human eye; it is better than to gaze into sea or sky; better than to gaze upon God.
~ Herman Melville - [Humankind]

 

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We may have civilized bodies and yet barbarous souls. We are blind to the real sights of this world; deaf to its voice; and dead to its death. And not till we know, that one grief outweighs ten thousand joys will we become what Christianity is striving to make us.
~ Herman Melville - [Insensitivity]

 

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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 - [Death and Dying]

 

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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 courses, and they come back to us as effects.
~ Herman Melville - [Action]

 

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