- Call me Ishmael.
- 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.
- He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great. Failure is the true test of greatness.
- 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.
- Nothing so aggravates an earnest person as a passive resistance.
- Never joke at funerals, or during business transactions.
- 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.
- 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.
- A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.
- 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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