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 :: 1819-1891, American Author

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There is something wrong about the man who wants help. There is somewhere a deep defect, a want, in brief, a need, a crying need, somewhere about that man.
~ Herman Melville - [Aid and Assistance]

 

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They talk of the dignity of work. The dignity is in leisure.
~ Herman Melville - [Leisure]

 

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Toil is man's allotment; toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that's more than either, the grief and sin of idleness.
~ Herman Melville - [Work]

 

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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 courses, and they come back to us as effects.
~ Herman Melville - [Action]

 

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We may have civilized bodies and yet barbarous souls. We are blind to the real sights of this world; deaf to its voice; and dead to its death. And not till we know, that one grief outweighs ten thousand joys will we become what Christianity is striving to make us.
~ Herman Melville - [Insensitivity]

 

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When I think of this life I have led; the desolation of solitude it has been; the masoned, walled-town of a Captain's exclusiveness, which admits but small entrance to any sympathy from the green country without -- oh, weariness! heaviness! Guinea-coast slavery of solitary command!
~ Herman Melville - [Leaders and Leadership]

 

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Why, ever since Adam, who has got to the meaning of this great allegory -- the world? Then we pygmies must be content to have out paper allegories but ill comprehended.
~ Herman Melville - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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