Herman Melville citáty

Herman Melville foto
6   12

Herman Melville

Datum narození: 1. srpen 1819
Datum úmrtí: 28. září 1891

Reklama

Herman Melville byl americký realistický spisovatel a básník.

Podobní autoři

Ray Bradbury foto
Ray Bradbury27
americký spisovatel
Karel Schulz foto
Karel Schulz4
český básník, novinář, romanopisec, spisovatel a spisovatel…
Ambrose Bierce foto
Ambrose Bierce79
americký novinář, spisovatel novel, fabulist a satirik
William Seward Burroughs foto
William Seward Burroughs10
americký romanopisec, povídkář, esejista a malíř
Eduard Petiška foto
Eduard Petiška17
český básník, dramatik, germanista, překladatel, romanopise…
Maurice Dekobra foto
Maurice Dekobra2
francouzský spisovatel
Nelson Algren foto
Nelson Algren3
americký romanopisec, povídkář
Hugo Von Hofmannsthal foto
Hugo Von Hofmannsthal2
rakouský básník, dramatik, esejista a libretist
Primo Levi foto
Primo Levi3
italský chemik, memoirist, povídkář, romanopisec, esejista
Roald Dahl foto
Roald Dahl9
britský romanopisec, povídkář, básník, stíhací pilot a scen…

Citáty Herman Melville

Reklama

„Lepší spát se střízlivým kanibalem, než opilým křesťanem.“

—  Herman Melville
(en) Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian. Source: [Melville, Herman, 2012, Moby Dick, Cherry Hill Publishing, angličtina, 978-1-6207-900-69]

„The worst of our evils we blindly inflict upon ourselves; our officers cannot remove them, even if they would.“

—  Herman Melville
Context: The worst of our evils we blindly inflict upon ourselves; our officers cannot remove them, even if they would. From the last ills no being can save another; therein each man must be his own saviour. For the rest, whatever befall us, let us never train our murderous guns inboard; let us not mutiny with bloody pikes in our hands. Our Lord High Admiral will yet interpose; and though long ages should elapse, and leave our wrongs unredressed, yet, shipmates and world-mates! let us never forget, that, Whoever afflict us, whatever surround, Life is a voyage that's homeward-bound! Ch. 93

„It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.“

—  Herman Melville
Context: It is better to fail in originality, than to succeed in imitation. He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great. Failure is the true test of greatness. Context: It is better to fail in originality, than to succeed in imitation. He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great. Failure is the true test of greatness. And if it be said, that continual success is a proof that a man wisely knows his powers, — it is only to be added, that, in that case, he knows them to be small. Let us believe it, then, once for all, that there is no hope for us in these smooth pleasing writers that know their powers.

Help us translate English quotes

Discover interesting quotes and translate them.

Start translating

„We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and along these fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.“

—  Herman Melville
Though this statement and a few other variants of it have been widely attributed to Herman Melville, it is actually a paraphrase of one found in a sermon of Henry Melvill, "Partaking in Other Men's Sins", St. Margaret's Church, Lothbury, England (12 June 1855), printed in Golden Lectures (1855) : : There is not one of you whose actions do not operate on the actions of others—operate, we mean, in the way of example. He would be insignificant who could only destroy his own soul; but you are all, alas! of importance enough to help also to destroy the souls of others. ...Ye cannot live for yourselves; a thousand fibres connect you with your fellow-men, and along those fibres, as along sympathetic threads, run your actions as causes, and return to you as effects.

„This son of Sirach even says — I saw it but just now: 'Take heed of thy friends'; not, observe, thy seeming friends, thy hypocritical friends, thy false friends, but thy friends, thy real friends — that is to say, not the truest friend in the world is to be implicitly trusted.“

—  Herman Melville
Context: I cannot tell you how thankful I am for your reminding me about the apocrypha here. For the moment, its being such escaped me. Fact is, when all is bound up together, it's sometimes confusing. The uncanonical part should be bound distinct. And, now that I think of it, how well did those learned doctors who rejected for us this whole book of Sirach. I never read anything so calculated to destroy man's confidence in man. This son of Sirach even says — I saw it but just now: 'Take heed of thy friends'; not, observe, thy seeming friends, thy hypocritical friends, thy false friends, but thy friends, thy real friends — that is to say, not the truest friend in the world is to be implicitly trusted. Can Rochefoucault equal that? I should not wonder if his view of human nature, like Machiavelli's, was taken from this Son of Sirach. And to call it wisdom — the Wisdom of the Son of Sirach! Wisdom, indeed! What an ugly thing wisdom must be! Give me the folly that dimples the cheek, say I, rather than the wisdom that curdles the blood. But no, no; it ain't wisdom; it's apocrypha, as you say, sir. For how can that be trustworthy that teaches distrust? Ch. 45

„It is a strange feeling — no hopelessness is in it, no despair. Content — that is it; and irresponsibility; but without licentious inclination. I speak now of my profoundest sense of being, not of an incidental feeling.“

—  Herman Melville
Context: In me divine magnanimities are spontaneous and instantaneous — catch them while you can. The world goes round, and the other side comes up. So now I can't write what I felt. But I felt pantheistic then—your heart beat in my ribs and mine in yours, and both in God's. A sense of unspeakable security is in me this moment, on account of your having understood the book. I have written a wicked book, and feel spotless as the lamb. Ineffable socialities are in me. I would sit down and dine with you and all the Gods in old Rome's Pantheon. It is a strange feeling — no hopelessness is in it, no despair. Content — that is it; and irresponsibility; but without licentious inclination. I speak now of my profoundest sense of being, not of an incidental feeling. Letter to Nathaniel Hawthorne (July 1851); published in Memories of Hawthorne (1897) by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, p. 157

„Bluntly put, a chaplain is the minister of the Prince of Peace serving in the host of the God of War — Mars. As such, he is as incongruous as a musket would be on the altar at Christmas. Why then is he there? Because he indirectly subserves the purpose attested by the cannon; because too he lends the sanction of the religion of the meek to that which practically is the abrogation of everything but brute Force.“

—  Herman Melville
Context: Marvel not that having been made acquainted with the young sailor's essential innocence (an irruption of heretic thought hard to suppress) the worthy man lifted not a finger to avert the doom of such a martyr to martial discipline. So to do would not only have been as idle as invoking the desert, but would also have been an audacious transgression of the bounds of his function, one as exactly prescribed to him by military law as that of the boatswain or any other naval officer. Bluntly put, a chaplain is the minister of the Prince of Peace serving in the host of the God of War — Mars. As such, he is as incongruous as a musket would be on the altar at Christmas. Why then is he there? Because he indirectly subserves the purpose attested by the cannon; because too he lends the sanction of the religion of the meek to that which practically is the abrogation of everything but brute Force. Ch. 24

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

Today's anniversary
 Osho foto
Osho90
indický mystik 1931 - 1990
Hector Berlioz foto
Hector Berlioz9
nejvýznamnější francouzský skladatel, dirigent, hudební kri… 1803 - 1869
Omar Chajjám foto
Omar Chajjám1
perský básník, filozof, matematik a astronom 1048 - 1131
Karel Konrád foto
Karel Konrád8
český romanopisec 1899 - 1971
Dalších 59 dnešních výročí
Podobní autoři
Ray Bradbury foto
Ray Bradbury27
americký spisovatel
Karel Schulz foto
Karel Schulz4
český básník, novinář, romanopisec, spisovatel a spisovatel…
Ambrose Bierce foto
Ambrose Bierce79
americký novinář, spisovatel novel, fabulist a satirik
William Seward Burroughs foto
William Seward Burroughs10
americký romanopisec, povídkář, esejista a malíř
Eduard Petiška foto
Eduard Petiška17
český básník, dramatik, germanista, překladatel, romanopise…