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quotation: Life is a voyage that’s homeward bound. Herman Melville (1819-1891)


Life is a voyage that’s homeward bound.

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quotation: All truth is profound. Herman Melville


All truth is profound.

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this day in the yesteryear: Melville’s Moby-Dick Published in the US (1851)


Melville’s Moby-Dick Published in the US (1851)

Inspired by his whaling experiences on the South Seas, Herman Melville penned Moby-Dick, the now famed tale of a deranged whaling captain’s obsessive voyage to find and destroy the great white whale to whom he lost his leg. The novel is at once an exciting sea story, a sociological critique of American prejudices, a repository of information about whaling, and a philosophical inquiry into the nature of good and evil. What may have inspired Melville to name his whale Moby-Dick? More… Discuss

qauotation: “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” Herman Melville


It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

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quotation: Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian. Herman Melville


Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.

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QUOTATION: Herman Melville


It is not down in any map; true places never are.

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QUOTATION: Herman Melville


Death is only a launching into the region of the strange Untried; it is but the first salutation to the possibilities of the immense Remote, the Wild, the Watery, the Unshored…

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QUOTATION: Herman Melville


There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.

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QUOTATION: Herman Melville about the darkness of human behavior


Of all tools used in the shadow of the moon, men are most apt to get out of order.

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quotation: Herman Melville


To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be who have tried it.

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Quotatin: Herman Melville (1819-1891) Discuss


All visible objects … are but as pasteboard masks.

All visible objects … are but as pasteboard masks.

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Quotation: Herman Melville


Why did the old Persians hold the sea holy? Why did the Greeks give it a separate deity … ? Surely all this is not without meaning … But that same image, we ourselves see in all rivers and oceans. It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all.

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Quotation: Herman Melville


Think not, is my eleventh commandment; and sleep when you can, is my twelfth.

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Quotation: Herman Melville on whale skeleton clues to the shape its body (interesting- with exoskeletons it’s just the other way around)


The skeleton of the whale furnishes but little clue to the shape of his fully invested body.

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Quotstion of the Day: Herman Melville – on man’s true identity


No man can ever feel his own identity aright except his eyes be closed; as if darkness were indeed the proper element of our essences, though light be more congenial to our clayey part.

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