“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” ~ Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 to September 28, 1891)
Herman Melville was an American novelist and writer of short stories and essays. Melville was famous for his novel Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (1851). Moby-Dick is considered a masterpiece of American and World literature.
[Source: Sunbeams: A Book of Quotations, edited by Sy Safransky (1990), page 51. Dates and biographical information from Wikipedia, accessed January 4, 2011. Biographical information partially known to me.]