Herman Melville Quotes

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

He who has never failed somewhere, the man can never be great. Herman Melville

Hope is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity. 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

All wars are boyish, and are fought by boys. Herman Melville

None but a good man is really a living man, and the more good any man does, the more he really lives. All the rest is death, or belongs to it. Herman Melville

Mystery is in the morning, and mystery in the night, and the beauty of mystery is everywhere; but still the plain truth remains, that mouth and purse must be filled. Herman Melville

In a multitude of acquaintances is less security, than in one faithful friend. Herman Melville

After science comes sentiment. Herman Melville

He knows himself, and all that’s in him, who knows adversity. Herman Melville