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


Liberty is the proper end and object of authority, and cannot subsist without it; and it is liberty to that which is good, just, and honest.

John Winthrop

The day is coming, and it ain't going to be long, when you ain't even gonna have to leave your living room. No more schools, nor more bodegas, no more tabernacles, no more cinneplexes. You're going to snuggle up to your fiber optics baby and bliss out.

Andrew Schneider

The mind cannot long act the role of the heart.

La Rochefoucauld

No one knows what he can do until he tries.

Publilius Syrus

Everyone gets their rough day. No one gets a free ride. Today so far, I had a good day. I got a dial tone.

Rodney Dangerfield

If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient at others, so bewildered and so weak and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control We are, to be sure, a miracle every way but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out.

Jane Austen »

A wise man ought always to follow the paths beaten by great men, and to imitate those who have been supreme, so that if his ability does not equal theirs, at least it will savor of it. Let him act like the clever archers who, designing to hit the mark which yet appears too far distant, and knowing the limits to which the strength of their bow attains, take aim much higher than the mark, not to reach by their strength or arrow to so great a height, but to be able with the aid of so high an aim to hit the mark they wish to reach.

Niccolo Machiavelli »

Be nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down.

Jimmy Durante »