Best Quotes by Herman Melville (Top 10)

  1. It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
  2. I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing.
  3. A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.
  4. 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.
  5. It is not down in any map; true places never are.
  6. 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.
  7. Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.
  8. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off - then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.
  9. Ignorance is the parent of fear.
  10. for there is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men

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