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I say, I can not identify that thing which is called happiness, that thing whose token is a laugh, or a smile, or a silent serenity on the lip. I may have been happy, but it is not in my conscious memory now. Nor do I feel a longing for it, as though I had never had it; my spirit seeks different food from happiness, for I think I have a suspicion of what it is. I have suffered wretchedness, but not because of the absence of happiness, and without praying for happiness. I pray for peace -- for motionlessness -- for the feeling of myself, as of some plant, absorbing life without seeking it, and existing without individual sensation. I feel that there can be no perfect peace in individualness. Therefore, I hope one day to feel myself drank up into the pervading spirit animating all things. I feel I am an exile here. I still go straying.


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Where does the violet tint end and the orange tint begins? Distinctly we see the difference of the c...
HERMAN MELVILLE
A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.
HERMAN MELVILLE
Heaven have mercy on us all - Presbyterians and Pagans alike - for we are all somehow dreadfully cra...
HERMAN MELVILLE
No utter surprise can come to him Who reaches Shakespeare's core; That which we seek and shun is the...
HERMAN MELVILLE
Grab your oars and clutch your souls!
HERMAN MELVILLE
It is not down in any map; true places never are.
HERMAN MELVILLE
Thou hast but enraged, not insulted me, sir; but for that I ask thee not to beware of Starbuck; thou...
HERMAN MELVILLE
In one word, Queequeg, said I, rather digressively; hell is an idea first born on an undigested appl...
HERMAN MELVILLE
For, thought Ahab, while even the highest earthly felicities ever have a certain unsignifying pettin...
HERMAN MELVILLE
The march of conquest through wild provinces, may be the march of Mind; but not the march of Love.
HERMAN MELVILLE
Ignorance is the parent of fear.
HERMAN MELVILLE
No utter surprise can come to him Who reaches Shakespeare's core; That which we seek and shun is the...
HERMAN MELVILLE
I rejoice in my spine, as in the firm audacious staff of that flag which I fling half out to the wor...
HERMAN MELVILLE
Yet habit - strange thing! what cannot habit accomplish?
HERMAN MELVILLE
Human madness is oftentimes a cunning and most feline thing. When you think it fled, it may have but...
HERMAN MELVILLE
Friendship at first sight, like love at first sight is said to be the only truth
HERMAN MELVILLE
Art is the objectification of feeling.
HERMAN MELVILLE
To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be w...
HERMAN MELVILLE
We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.
HERMAN MELVILLE
Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my s...
HERMAN MELVILLE
There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man tak...
HERMAN MELVILLE
..fiery yearnings their own phantom-futures make, and deem it present. So, after all these fearful, ...
HERMAN MELVILLE
Yet habit--strange thing! what cannot habit accomplish?
HERMAN MELVILLE
Is he mad? Anyway there's something on his mind, as sure as there must be something on a deck when i...
HERMAN MELVILLE
All men live enveloped in whale-lines. All are born with halters round their necks; but it is only w...
HERMAN MELVILLE
Heaven have mercy on us all - Presbyterians and Pagans alike - for we are all somehow dreadfully cra...
HERMAN MELVILLE
Toil is man's allotment; toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that's more than either...
HERMAN MELVILLE
There is one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak...
HERMAN MELVILLE
Ahab and aguish lay stretched together in one hammock.
HERMAN MELVILLE
Is it that by its indefiniteness it shadows forth the heartless voids and immensities of the univers...
HERMAN MELVILLE
You might almost say, that this strange uncompromisedness in him involved a sort of unintelegence; f...
HERMAN MELVILLE
The fact that the chief of staff of the land army was so exposed suggests that the command structure...
CHRIS MELVILLE
Midnight Omen Deja vu" - Because everyone should experience love in the Caribbean...at least once in...
MARTI MELVILLE
Do you want me to shut the trial down this afternoon? ... You are not to engage in this kind of inte...
RODNEY MELVILLE
I have nine children... and one of them is an invalid. Her mother is obliged to take her away in the...
MELVILLE FULLER
The Emancipation Proclamation is predicated upon the idea that the President may so annul the consti...
MELVILLE FULLER
It's a subpoena. He has to obey,
RODNEY MELVILLE
It is the same to me, whether I rot in the air or in the ground. The earth is the Lord's.
ANDREW MELVILLE
Am I not, three score and eight years old, unto the which age none of my fourteen brethren came; and...
ANDREW MELVILLE
The most glaringly obvious fact about the present case is the significant media and public interest ...
RODNEY MELVILLE
What you want to do, and what you can do, is limited only by what you can dream.
MIKE MELVILLE
inherently improbable and not credible.
RODNEY MELVILLE
However the... head of state has visibly aged in the past two years and his health may have deterior...
CHRIS MELVILLE
Judging by his reaction, Bongo feels surrounded by nebulous threats. The root of his anxiety is not ...
CHRIS MELVILLE
The fact that the chief of staff of the land army was so exposed suggests that the command structure...
CHRIS MELVILLE
I've got tooth marks on my heart.
MIKE MELVILLE
World War I broke out largely because of an arms race, and World War II because of the lack of an ar...
HERMAN KAHN
Really, the potential for, first of all, any college graduate today is enormously good. These are go...
ALEXIS HERMAN
Authority is not power; that's coercion. Authority is not knowledge; that's persuasion, or seduction...
HERMAN KAHN
The films of The Caine Mutiny and Marjorie Morningstar always seemed to me mere thin skims of the st...
HERMAN WOUK