Quotes by Herman Melville

"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."

"I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing."

"A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities."

"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."

"I do not think I have any uncharitable prejudice against the rattlesnake, still, I should not like to be one."

Books by Herman Melville

  • Moby-Dick
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  • December 30th 2020

    (first published October 18th 1851)

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  • July 12th 2020

    (first published October 18th 1851)

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  • July 18th 2020

    (first published October 18th 1851)

Herman Melville
  • Herman Melville

  • Date of birth: August 01, 1819
  • Died: September 28, 1891
  • Born: in New York City, New York, The United States.

  • Description: There is more than one author with this name

    Herman Melville was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. His first two books gained much attention, though they were not bestsellers, and his popularity declined precipitously only a few years later. By the time of his death he had been almost completely forgotten, but his longest novel, Moby Dick — largely considered a failure during his lifetime, and most responsible for Melville's fall from favor with the reading public — was rediscovered in the 20th century as one of the chief literary masterpieces of both American and world literature.