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10 top quotes by herman melville

10 top quotes by herman melville

  • I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.
  • I do not think I have any uncharitable prejudice against the rattlesnake, still, I should not like to be one.
  • 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.
  • As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.
  • For there is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men.
  • A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.
  • 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.
  • Think not, is my eleventh commandment; and sleep when you can, is my twelfth.
  • It is the easiest thing in the world for a man to look as if he had a great secret in him.
  • Real strength never impairs beauty or harmony, but it often bestows it, and in everything imposingly beautiful, strength has much to do with the magic.
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