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Herman Melville :
A vast practical joke
There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes his whole universe for a vast practical joke.
A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.
Ignorance vs fear
Ignorance is the parent of fear.
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
Truth is in things
Truth is in things, and not in words.
Trying all things
I try all things, I achieve what I can.
What is art?
Art is the objectification of feeling.
Writing a mighty book
To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be that have tried it.