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 Herman Melville - “To the last, I grapple with thee From Hell's heart, I stab at thee For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee”
 Herman Melville - “God help thee, old man, thy thoughts have created a creature in thee and he whose intense thinking thus makes him a Prometheus a vulture feeds upon that heart for ever that vulture the very creature he creates.”
 Herman Melville - “To the last, I grapple with thee From Hell's heart, I stab at thee For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee”
 Herman Melville - “Who in the rainbow can draw the line where the violet tint ends and the orange tint begins Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the one first blendingly enter into the other So with sanity and insanity.”
 Herman Melville - “Our souls are like those orphans whose unwedded mothers die in bearing them the secret of our paternity lies in their grave, and we must there to learn it.”
 Herman Melville - “. . . however baby man may brag of his science and skill, and however much, in a flattering future, that science and skill may augment yet for ever and for ever, to the crack of doom, the sea will insult and murder him, and pulverize the stateliest, stiffest frigate he can make nevertheless, by the continual repetition of these very impressions, man has lost that sense of the full awfulness of the sea which aboriginally belongs to it.”
 Herman Melville - “For, as when the red-cheeked, dancing girls, April and May, trip home to the wintry, misanthropic woods even the barest, ruggedest, most thunder-cloven old oak will at least send forth some few green sprouts, to welcome such glad-hearted visitants . . .”
 Herman Melville - “Out of natural courtesy he received, but did not appropriate. It was like a gift placed in the palm of an outreached hand upon which the fingers do not close.”
 Herman Melville - “A noble craft, but somehow a most melancholy All noble things are touched with that.”
 Herman Melville - “It smells like the left wing of the day of judgment.”
 Herman Melville - “The starred and stately nights seemed haughty dames in jewelled velvets, nursing at home in lonely pride, the memory of their absent conquering Earls, the golden helmeted suns”
 Herman Melville - “No mercy, no power but its own controls it. Panting and snorting like a mad battle steed that has lost its rider, the masterless ocean overruns the globe.”
 Herman Melville - “Is he mad Anyway there's something on his mind, as sure as there must be something on a deck when it cracks.”
 Herman Melville - “Hereby perhaps Stubb indirectly hinted, that though man loved his fellow, yet man is a money-making animal, which propensity too often interferes with his benevolence.”
 Herman Melville - “. . . hell is an idea first born on an undigested apple-dumpling and since then perpetuated through the hereditary dyspepsias nurtured by Ramadans.”
 Herman Melville - “Yet habit--strange thing what cannot habit accomplish”
 Herman Melville - “Give not thyself up, then, to fire, lest it invert thee, deaden thee as for the time it did me. There is a wisdom that is woe but there is a woe that is madness.”
 Herman Melville - “Methinks that what they call my shadow here on earth is my true substance. Methinks that in looking at things spiritual, we are too much like oysters observing the sun through the water, and thinking that thick water the thinnest of air.”
 Herman Melville - “With no power to annul the elemental evil in him, though readily enough he could hide it apprehending the good, but powerless to be it a nature like Claggart's surcharged with energy as such natures almost invariably are, what recourse is left to it but to recoil upon itself and like the scorpion for which the Creator alone is responsible, act out to the end the part allotted it.”
 Herman Melville - “Ignorance is the parent of fear . . .”
 Herman Melville - “At last the anchor was up, the sails were set, and off we glided. It was a sharp, cold Christmas and as the short northern day merged into night, we found ourselves almost broad upon the wintry ocean, whose freezing spray cased us in ice, as in polished armor.”
 Herman Melville - “There is nothing namable but that some men will undertake to do it for pay.”
 Herman Melville - “Though amid all the smoking horror and diabolism of a sea-fight, sharks will be seen longingly gazing up to the ship's decks, like hungry dogs round a table where red meat is being carved, ready to bolt down every killed man that is tossed to them . . .”
 Herman Melville - “Let America add Mexico to Texas, and pile Cuba upon Canada let the English overswarm all India, and hang out their blazing banner from the sun two thirds of this terraqueous globe are the Nantucketer's. For the sea is his he owns it . . .”
 Herman Melville - “The consciousness of being deemed dead, is next to the presumable unpleasantness of being so in reality. One feels like his own ghost unlawfully tenanting a defunct carcass.”

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