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Герман Мелвилл

Дата рождения: 1. Август 1819
Дата смерти: 28. Сентябрь 1891

Ге́рман Ме́лвилл — американский писатель и моряк, автор классического романа «Моби Дик». Писал не только прозу, но и стихи.

„Оставайся верным мечтам своей юности.“

„Во мне живет царственная особа, которая в полной мере осознает свои королевские права.“

„Мы не можем жить только для себя. Тысячи нитей соединяют нас с другими людьми; и через эти нити, эту симпатическую связь, наши действия становятся причинами и возвращаются к нам как следствия.“

„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.“ Moby-Dick or, The Whale

„A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.“ Pierre: or, the 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.“

„Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunk Christian.“ Moby-Dick or, The Whale

„It is not down on any map; true places never are.“ Moby-Dick or, The Whale

„As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.“ Moby-Dick or, The Whale

„Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off - then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.“ Moby-Dick

„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.“

„There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody's expense but his own.“ Moby-Dick

„I try all things, I achieve what I can.“ Moby-Dick or, The Whale

„I would prefer not to.“ Bartleby the Scrivener

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