Herman Melville

Moby Dick

    Adriana Rangelhas quoted5 years ago
    For what are the comprehensible terrors of man compared with the interlinked terrors and wonders of God!
    Maria Shumilovahas quoted3 years ago
    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.
    Darya Bukhtoyarovahas quoted2 years ago
    Damn me, but all things are queer, come to think of 'em. But that's against my principles. Think not, is my eleventh commandment; and sleep when you can, is my twelfth—
    Nadya Bessonovahas quoted4 years ago
    Considering how sociably we had been sleeping together the night previous, and especially considering the affectionate arm I had found thrown over me upon waking in the morning, I thought this indifference of his very strange. But savages are strange beings; at times you do not know exactly how to take them.
    George Titushas quotedlast month
    "The great Leviathan that maketh the seas to seethe like boiling pan." —LORD BACON'S VERSION OF THE PSALMS.
    George Titushas quotedlast month
    For by how much the more pains ye take to please the world, by so much the more shall ye for ever go thankless!
    George Titushas quotedlast month
    mockingly embellished with all the gay flags of all the known nations of the world.
    Scud Kotonoghas quoted3 months ago
    aloft
    Liamhas quoted4 months ago
    That glad, happy air, that winsome sky, did at last stroke and caress him; the step-mother world, so long cruel—forbidding—now threw affectionate arms round his stubborn neck, and did seem to joyously sob over him, as if over one, that however wilful and erring, she could yet find it in her heart to save and to bless.
    Liamhas quoted4 months ago
    s it not curious, that so vast a being as the whale should see the world through so small an eye, and hear the thunder through an ear which is smaller than a hare's? But if his eyes were broad as the lens of Herschel's great telescope; and his ears capacious as the porches of cathedrals; would that make him any longer of sight, or sharper of hearing? Not at all.—Why then do you try to "enlarge" your mind? Subtilize it.
    Liamhas quoted4 months ago
    The hours wore on
    Liamhas quoted4 months ago
    For small erections may be finished by their first architects; grand ones, true ones, ever leave the copestone to posterity.
    b1530437685has quoted4 months ago
    While you take in hand to school others, and to teach them by what name a whale-fish is to be called in our tongue leaving o
    b7165849443has quoted5 months ago
    bringing up

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    Nadya Bessonovahas quoted8 months ago
    But THAT was certainly very coolly done by him, and every one knows that in most people's estimation, to do anything coolly is to do it genteelly.
    Ксения Емельяноваhas quoted10 months ago
    Yet was this Nantucketer a man with some good-hearted traits; and this Lakeman, a mariner, who though a sort of devil indeed, might yet by inflexible firmness, only tempered by that common decency of human recognition which is the meanest slave's right; thus treated, this Steelkilt had long been retained harmless and docile.
    lupashkohas quotedlast year
    I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote
    lupashkohas quotedlast year
    Who aint a slave?
    Tuliu Agustohas quotedlast year
    rel of herrings in his belly.... One of our harpooneers told me that he caught once a whale in Spitz
    Nadya Bessonovahas quotedlast year
    No man prefers to sleep two in a bed. In fact, you would a good deal rather not sleep with your own brother. I don't know how it is, but people like to be private when they are sleeping. And when it comes to sleeping with an unknown stranger, in a strange inn, in a strange town, and that stranger a harpooneer, then your objections indefinitely multiply.
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