Herman Melville

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Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet of the American Renaissance period best known for Typee (1846), a romantic account of his experiences in Polynesian life, and his whaling novel Moby-Dick (1851). His work was almost forgotten during his last thirty years. His writing draws on his experience at sea as a common sailor, exploration of literature and philosophy, and engagement in the contradictions of American society in a period of rapid change. He developed a complex, baroque style: the vocabulary is rich and original, a strong sense of rhythm infuses the elaborate sentences, the imagery is often mystical or ironic, and the abundance of allusion extends to Scripture, myth, philosophy, literature, and the visual arts. Born in New York City as the third child of a merchant in French dry goods, Melville's formal edu... More

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Herman Melville #Age #Death

Photo of Herman Melville Old age is always wakeful as if, the longer linked with life, the less man has to do with aught that looks like death.
Herman Melville #Art

Photo of Herman Melville Art is the objectification of feeling.
Herman Melville #Art #Great #Wisdom #Work

Photo of Herman Melville 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.
Herman Melville #Friendship #Love #Truth

Photo of Herman Melville Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight, is said to be the only truth.
Herman Melville #Hope

Photo of Herman Melville Hope is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity.
Herman Melville #Men

Photo of Herman Melville We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.
Herman Melville #Nature

Photo of Herman Melville Is there some principal of nature which states that we never know the quality of what we have until it is gone?
Herman Melville #Respect

Photo of Herman Melville At sea a fellow comes out. Salt water is like wine, in that respect.
Herman Melville #Smile

Photo of Herman Melville A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.
Herman Melville #Strength

Photo of Herman Melville 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 #Travel

Photo of Herman Melville In this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely, and without passport whereas Virtue, if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers.
Herman Melville #Truth

Photo of Herman Melville Truth uncompromisingly told will always have its ragged edges.
Herman Melville #Truth

Photo of Herman Melville Truth is in things, and not in words.
Herman Melville #Faith #Hope

Photo of Herman Melville Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope.
Herman Melville #Future

Photo of Herman Melville There are times when even the most potent governor must wink at transgression, in order to preserve the laws inviolate for the future.
Herman Melville #Truth

Photo of Herman Melville Truth is the silliest thing under the sun. Try to get a living by the Truth and go to the Soup Societies. Heavens! Let any clergyman try to preach the Truth from its very stronghold, the pulpit, and they would ride him out of his church on his own pulpit bannister.