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#10

 

Methinks that what they call my shadow here on earth is my true substance. Methinks that in looking at things spiritual, we are too much like oysters observing the sun through the water, and thinking that thick water the thinnest of air.

--MOBY DICK, Chapter VII

 
#9
 

In this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely, and without a passport; whereas Virtue, if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers.

--MOBY DICK, Chapter IX

 
#8
 

But oh! shipmates! on the starboard hand of every woe, there is a sure delight; and higher the top of that delight, than the bottom of the woe is deep.

--MOBY DICK, Chapter IX

 
#7
 

Panting and snorting like a mad battle steed that has lost its rider, the masterless ocean overruns the globe.

--MOBY DICK, Chapter LVIII

 
#6
 

Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.

--MOBY DICK, Chapter III

 
#5
 

Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off--then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.

--MOBY DICK, Chapter I

 
#4
 

Death is only a launching into the region of the strange Untried; it is but the first salutation to the possibilities of the immense Remote, the Wild, the Watery, the Unshored.

--MOBY DICK, Chapter CXII

 
#3
 

Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope.

--MOBY DICK, Chapter VII

 
#2
 

All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick. He piled upon the whale's white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart's shell upon it.

--MOBY DICK, Chapter XLI

 
#1
 

All men live enveloped in whale-lines. All are born with halters round their necks; but it is only when caught in the swift, sudden turn of death, that mortals realize the silent, subtle, ever present perils of life.

--MOBY DICK, Chapter LX

 
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