Herman Melville’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite Herman Melville Quotes 

Herman Melville, a writer whom I am guessing you love? Here are our 10 best Herman Melville quotes for you to enjoy. At Australia Unwrapped we believe every book has at least one quotable line, and our mission is to find them all. Here you will find Herman Melville’s top 10 popular and famous quotes. Like every good writer Herman Melville made a number of memorable quotes, here are some of our favourites: 

Popular Quotes

“It is not down on any map; true places never are.”
― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, or, the Whale

 “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.”
― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”
― Herman Melville

 “Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed.”
― Herman Melville

 “As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.”
― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, or, the Whale

 “I do not think I have any uncharitable prejudice against the rattlesnake, still, I should not like to be one.”
― Herman Melville

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.”
― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, or, the Whale

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

“Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunk Christian.”
― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, or, the Whale

“A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.”
― Herman Melville, Pierre; or, The Ambiguities

10 Famous Quotes by Author Herman Melville

Quotes for all, here you found our selection of 10 Herman Melville quotes. Make sure you help by commenting your best Herman Melville quote below and sharing our favourite authors so we can look them up, read some of their works and give you the best quotes we can find. We hope you enjoyed our top 10 quotes by Herman Melville. However, feel free to comment below if you disagree or would like to include some other great and memorable Herman Melville quotes in our list. 

One Final Bonus – Herman Melville Quote 

“Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off – then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.”
― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

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Dave Peterson Passion for adventure and sharing his life long journey with as many others as possible. "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." HENRY S. HASKINS

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