Literary Birthday - 1 August - Herman Melville

Herman Melville was born 1 August 1819, and died 28 September 1891


  1. Call me Ishmael.
  2. Would that all excellent books were foundlings, without father or mother, that so it might be, we could glorify them, without including their ostensible authors.
  3. He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great. Failure is the true test of greatness.
  4. We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibres, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.
  5. Nothing so aggravates an earnest person as a passive resistance.
  6. Never joke at funerals, or during business transactions.
  7. To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.
  8. 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 that have tried it.
  9. A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things. 
  10. Truth is in things, and not in words.

Herman Melville was an American writer best known for the novel Moby-Dick. 

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