Quotation by Herman Melville

A virtuous expediency, then, seems the highest desirable or attainable earthly excellence for the mass of men, and is the only earthly excellence that their Creator intended for them.
Herman Melville (1819–1891), U.S. author. Pierre bk. XIV (1852), The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 7, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1971).

Written by Plotinus Plinlimmon, in a pamphlet.
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