Quotes by Herman Melville

Writer, poet and literary critic, born sunday august 1, 1819 in Manhattan, New York (United States), died monday september 28, 1891 in New York (United States)
You can find this author also in Poems, in Humor and in Novels.

It is, or seems to be, a wise sort of thing, to realise that all that happens to a man in this life is only by way of joke, especially his misfortunes, if he have them. And it is also worth bearing in mind, that the joke is passed round pretty liberally & impartially, so that not very many are entitled to fancy that they in particular are getting the worst of it.
Herman Melville
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    Oh, give me again the rover's life, the joy, the thrill, the whirl! Let me feel thee again, old sea! Let me leap into thy saddle once more. I am sick of these terra firma toils and cares; sick of the dust and reek of towns. Let me hear the clatter of hailstones on icebergs, and not the dull tramp of these plodders, plodding their dull way from their cradles to their graves. Let me snuff thee up, sea-breeze! And whinny in thy spray. Forbid it, sea-gods! Intercede for me with Neptune, o sweet Amphitrite, that no dull clod may fall on my coffin! Be mine the tomb that swallowed up Pharaoh and all his hosts; let me lie down with Drake, where he sleeps in the sea.
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