Quotes by Herman Melville, Billy Budd, Sailor

Toward the accomplishment of an aim, which in wantonness of atrocity would seem to partake of the insane, he will direct a cool judgement, sagacious and sound. These men are madmen, and of the most dangerous sort.

Herman Melville, Billy Budd, Sailor

Other Great Authors


Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.

Groucho Marx

If I only had an hour to chop down a tree, I would spend the first 45 minutes sharpening my axe.

Abraham Lincoln

Some cause happiness wherever they go others whenever they go.

Oscar Wilde

Real life is, to most men, a long second-best, a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible but the world of pure reason knows no compromise, no practical limitations, no barrier to the creative activity.

Bertrand Russell

But all who are not lunitics are agreed about certain things: That it is better to be alive than dead, better to be adequately fed than starved, better to be free than to be a slave. Many people desire these things only for themselves and their friends; they are quite content that their enemies should suffer. These people can be refuted by science: Mankind has become so much one family that we cannot insure our own prosperity except by insuring that of everyone else. If you wish to be happy yourself, you must resign yourself to seeing others also happy.

Bertrand Russell, from the essay The Science to Save Us From Science

He is great who confers the most benefits.

Ralph Waldo Emerson »

Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work

Orison Swett Marden »