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Entries Tagged as 'Herman Melville'

Ain’t no money in that kind of love

March 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

“What I feel most moved to write, that is banned—it will not pay. Yet, altogether, write the other way I cannot. So the product is a final hash, and all my books are botches.” – Herman Melville, Letter to Nathaniel Hawthorne, June 1851 Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Who’s your daddy?

March 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

“Oh, grassy glades! oh, ever vernal endless landscapes in the soul; in ye,—though long parched by the dead drought of the earthly life,—in ye, men may yet roll, like young horses in new morning clover; and for some few fleeting moments, feel the cool dew of the life immortal on them. Would to God these […]

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A story never told

March 1st, 2014 · No Comments

“Whatever is truly wondrous and fearful in man, never yet was put into words or books. And the drawing near of Death, which alike levels all, alike impresses all with a last revelation, which only an author from the dead could adequately tell.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email […]

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There was no need for more than two

February 28th, 2014 · No Comments

“Seat thyself sultanically among the moons of Saturn, and take high abstracted man alone; and he seems a wonder, a grandeur, and a woe. But from the same point, take mankind in mass, and for the most part, they seem a mob of unnecessary duplicates, both contemporary and hereditary.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick Share […]

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How they hop about

February 27th, 2014 · No Comments

“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.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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It all depends on your point of view

February 26th, 2014 · No Comments

“There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness. There is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges, and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces. And even if he for ever flies within the gorge, […]

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You probably think this post is about you

February 25th, 2014 · No Comments

“The truest of all men was the Man of Sorrows, and the truest of all books is Solomon’s, and Ecclesiastes is the fine hammered steel of woe. ‘All is vanity.’ ALL. This willful world hath not got hold of unchristian Solomon’s wisdom yet.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email […]

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Don’t look over there — look over here

February 24th, 2014 · No Comments

“Look not too long in the face of fire, O man! Never dream with thy hand on the helm! Turn not thy back to the compass; accept the first hint of the hitching tiller; believe not the artificial fire, when its redness makes all things look ghastly. To-morrow, in the natural sun, the skies will […]

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Keeping it simple and direct

February 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

“By many prolonged, repeated experiences, I have perceived that in all cases man must eventually lower, or at least shift, his conceit of attainable felicity; not placing it anywhere in the intellect or the fancy; but in the wife, the heart, the bed, the table, the saddle, the fire-side, the country.” – Herman Melville, Moby […]

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A tail to pin on any handy jackass

February 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

“There is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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It’s just a hunch

February 21st, 2014 · No Comments

“All have doubts; many deny; but doubts or denials, few along with them, have intuitions. Doubts of all things earthly, and intuitions of some things heavenly; this combination makes neither believer nor infidel, but makes a man who regards them both with equal eyes.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin […]

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Lips are sealed

February 20th, 2014 · No Comments

“Seldom have I known any profound being that had anything to say to this world, unless forced to stammer out something by way of getting a living.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Joke’s on everyone

February 19th, 2014 · 2 Comments

“There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody’s expense but his own. However, nothing dispirits, and nothing seems […]

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A surfeit, even

February 18th, 2014 · No Comments

“Though of real knowledge there be little, yet of books there are a plenty.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Straight from the belly

February 17th, 2014 · No Comments

“A good laugh is a mighty good thing, and rather too scarce a good thing; the more’s the pity. So, if any one man, in his own proper person, afford stuff for a good joke to anybody, let him not be backward, but let him cheerfully allow himself to spend and to be spent in […]

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Sunday services at the Church of Mammon

February 16th, 2014 · No Comments

“There is all the difference in the world between paying and being paid. The act of paying is perhaps the most uncomfortable infliction that the two orchard thieves entailed upon us. But being paid,—what will compare with it? The urbane activity with which a man receives money is really marvellous, considering that we so earnestly […]

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