Quotation by Herman Melville

all mankind, not excluding Americans, are sinners—miserable sinners, as even no few Bostonians themselves nowadays contritely respond in the liturgy.
Herman Melville (1819–1891), U.S. author. "To Major John Gentian, Dean of the Burgundy Club" (posthumous), p. 358, Billy Budd and Other Prose Pieces, The Works of Herman Melville, vol. 13, ed. Raymond M. Weaver (1924).
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