Herman Melville

(1 August 1819 – 28 September 1891 / New York City, New York)

Herman Melville Quotes

  • ''contempt is as frequently produced at first sight as love.''
    Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Omoo (1846), ch. 20, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 2, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1968).
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  • ''At sea a fellow comes out. Salt water is like wine, in that respect.''
    Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Letter, May 28, 1860, to Evert A. Duyckinck. Correspondence, vol. 14, The Writings of Herman Melville, ed. Lynn Horth (1993).
  • ''There is a savor of life and immortality in substantial fare. Like balloons, we are nothing till filled.''
    Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 55, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970).
  • ''To be hated cordially, is only a left-handed compliment.''
    Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Omoo (1846), ch. 50, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 2, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1968).
  • ''It is with fiction as with religion: it should present another world, and yet one to which we feel the tie.''
    Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. The Confidence-Man (1857), ch. 33, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 10, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1984).
  • ''Praise when merited is not a boon: yet to a generous nature, is it pleasant to utter it.''
    Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. letter, [between 7 Apr. and 21 July 1886?], to [W. Clark Russell?].. Correspondence, vol. 14, The Writings of Herman Melville, ed. Lynn Horth (1993).
  • ''The dinner-hour is the summer of the day: full of sunshine, I grant; but not like the mellow autumn of supper.''
    Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 181, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970). Spoken by King Media.
  • ''A thorough tar is unfit for any thing else; and what is more, this fact is the best evidence of his being a true sailor.''
    Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Omoo (1846), ch. 29, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 2, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1968).
  • ''Where does any novelist pick up any character? For the most part, in town, to be sure.''
    Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. The Confidence-Man (1857), ch. 44, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 10, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1984).
  • ''In things abstract, men but differ in the sounds that come from their mouths, and not in the wordless thoughts lying at the bottom of their beings.''
    Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 135, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970). Spoken by Babbalanja, the philosopher.

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Best Poem of Herman Melville

Art

In placid hours well-pleased we dream
Of many a brave unbodied scheme.
But form to lend, pulsed life create,
What unlike things must meet and mate:
A flame to melt--a wind to freeze;
Sad patience--joyous energies;
Humility--yet pride and scorn;
Instinct and study; love and hate;
Audacity--reverence. These must mate,
And fuse with Jacob's mystic heart,
To wrestle with the angel--Art.

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Shiloh - A Requiem

Skimming lightly, wheeling still,
The swallows fly low
Over the field in clouded days,
The forest-field of Shiloh --
Over the field where April rain
Solaced the parched one stretched in pain
Through the pause of night
That followed the Sunday fight
Around the church of Shiloh--

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