Quotation by Herman Melville

At my years, and with my disposition, or rather, constitution, one gets to care less and less for everything except downright good feeling. Life is so short, and so ridiculous and irrational (from a certain point of view) that one knows not what to make of it, unless—well, finish the sentence for yourself.
Herman Melville (1819–1891), U.S. author. letter, Mar. 31, 1877, to his brother-in-law, John C. Hoadley. Correspondence, vol. 14, The Writings of Herman Melville, ed. Lynn Horth (1993).
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