Selected Quotes

"Give me a condor's quill! Give me Vesuvius' crater for an inkstand! "
   --Herman Melville 1819-1891, Moby Dicky (1851)

"I have no objection to any person's religion, be in what it may, so long as that person does not kill or murder any other in its name. "
   --Herman Melville 1819-1891, Moby Dick (1851)

"The sea is his; he is but a copycat of the true owner. "
   --Herman Melville 1819-1891, Moby Dick (1851)

"To preach the Truth to him who knew it not, is but to give him a little time to run about the world in misery and desolation. "
   --Herman Melville 1819-1891, Moby Dick (1851)

"Heaven have mercy on us all – Presbyterians and Pagans alike – for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need mending. "
   --Herman Melville 1819-1891, Moby Dick (1851)

"As for finish, that reminds me of the old Scriptural exhortation to some to pray without ceasing – but I never knew how to go about it. "
   --Herman Melville 1819-1891, Moby Dick (1851)

"I leave a white and turbid wake; pale waters, paler cheeks, where'er we sail. "
   --Herman Melville 1819-1891, Moby Dick (1851)

"Thou showest thy black side; and again, thy loveliest Isle of Love is just as- Black. "
   --Herman Melville 1819-1891, Moby Dick (1851)

"I'll try a pagan friend; since Christian kindness has proved so hollow-hearted. "
   --Herman Melville 1819-1891, Moby Dick (1851)

"Is there no middle ground between mammon and mammoth? "
   --Herman Melville 1819-1891, Moby Dick (1851)

"A hat without any crown! "
   --Herman Melville 1819-1891, Moby Dicky (1851)

"And I only am escaped alone to tell thee! "
   --Herman Melville 1819-1891, Moby Dicky (1851)

"Unbidden curses blasted him, and how, O Jane, Joan, you might have snatched back the eternity of general fancy. Now it was too late! "
   --Herman Melville 1819-1891, Moby Dick (1851)

"Oh, ye foolish! Throw all these thunderheads into the ocean – you are but a conservative man. "
   --Herman Melville 1819-1891, Moby Dick (1851)

"Yes, this was the life; saving up pennies on the damp pavement, and then I'll ruin them with dry flour and grease. "
   --Herman Melville 1819-1891, Moby Dick (1851)

"That root is to hit the hardest, you'd think it somewhat. "
   --Herman Melville 1819-1891, Moby Dick (1851)

"With fishbone ropes and bracelets they mock me; wearing my guard as an adversary. "
   --Herman Melville 1819-1891, Moby Dick (1851)

"So very like a woman – so very unlike a whale. "
   --Herman Melville 1819-1891, Moby Dick !1851)

"The mighty whale is mine! Have you seen him? "
   --Herman Melville 1819-1891, Moby Dick (1851)

"He was the bravest boy I ever met! "
   --Herman Melville 1819-1891, Moby Dick (1851)

"History doesn't repeat itself, but It often rhymes "
   --Mark Twain, Attributed to, but no citation is known