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They talk of the dignity

They talk of the dignity of work. The dignity is in leisure.

– Herman Melville

There is one knows not

There is one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.

– Herman Melville

Of all the preposterous assumptions

“Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed.”

– Herman Melville

It’s only his outside; a man can be honest in any sort of skin.
– Herman Melville

They talk of the dignity of work. Bosh. The dignity is in leisure.
– Herman Melville

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

Prayer draws us near to our own souls.
– Herman Melville