Quotation by Herman Melville

Are sailors, frequenters of fiddlers' greens, without vices? No; but less often than with landsmen do their vices, so called, partake of crookedness of heart, seeming less to proceed from viciousness than exuberance of vitality after long constraint: frank manifestations in accordance with natural law.
Herman Melville (1819–1891), U.S. author. Billy Budd, Sailor (c. 1889), ch. 2, eds. Harrison Hayford and Merton M. Sealts, Jr. (1962).
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