Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Two more quotations wrongly ascribed to Herman Melville


"Art is the objectification of feeling."  
Susanne K. Langer
, Mind: An Essay on Human Feeling; credited to Melville at quotesdaddy ; thinkexist ; Keep in Mind Quotes

"Is there some principle of nature which states that we never know the quality of what we have until it is gone?"

Richard Hofstadter on JFK in the New York Review of Books; attributed to Melville at thinkexist, brainyquote ; The Reflective Counselor: Daily Meditations for Lawyers
The leap from Melvill to Melville is easy enough to figure out. But how I wonder did writings by Susanne Langer and Richard Hofstadter get in the Melville collection of famous quotes? Letters H and L close enough to M on a list of compelling quotations, alphabetized by the author's last name?

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