Quotes from “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville

Adriana Rangel
Adriana Rangelhas quoted4 years ago
For what are the comprehensible terrors of man compared with the interlinked terrors and wonders of God!
Maria Shumilova
Maria Shumilovahas quoted2 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 Bukhtoyarova
Darya Bukhtoyarovahas quotedlast year
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—
max98856
max98856has quoted2 years ago
And how pleasing to God was this conduct in Jonah, is shown in the eventual deliverance of him from the sea and the whale. Shipmates, I do not place Jonah before you to be copied for his sin but I do place hi

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Nadya Bessonova
Nadya Bessonovahas quoted3 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.
lupashko
lupashkohas quoted14 days ago
I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote
lupashko
lupashkohas quoted14 days ago
Who aint a slave?
b9367573671
b9367573671has quoted23 days ago
Call me Ishmael.

Ishmael first character in the book

Tuliu Agusto
Tuliu Agustohas quoted2 months ago
rel of herrings in his belly.... One of our harpooneers told me that he caught once a whale in Spitz
Nadya Bessonova
Nadya Bessonovahas quoted3 months ago
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.
IsaFurey
IsaFureyhas quoted3 months ago
Within are shabby shelves, ranged round with old decanters, bottles, flasks; and in those jaws of swift destruction, like another cursed Jonah (by which name indeed they called him), bustles a little withered old man, who, for their money, dearly sells the sailors deliriums and death.
IsaFurey
IsaFureyhas quoted3 months ago
True enough, thought I, as this passage occurred to my mind—old black-letter, thou reasonest well. Yes, these eyes are windows, and this body of mine is the house.
IsaFurey
IsaFureyhas quoted3 months ago
With other men, perhaps, such things would not have been inducements; but as for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts. Not ignoring what is good, I am quick to perceive a horror, and could still be social with it—would they let me—since it is but well to be on friendly terms with all the inmates of the place one lodges in.
IsaFurey
IsaFureyhas quoted3 months ago
Again, I always go to sea as a sailor, because they make a point of paying me for my trouble, whereas they never pay passengers a single penny that I ever heard of. On the contrary, passengers themselves must pay. And there is all the difference in the world between paying and being paid.
IsaFurey
IsaFureyhas quoted3 months ago
And still deeper the meaning of that story of Narcissus, who because he could not grasp the tormenting, mild image he saw in the fountain, plunged into it and was drowned. But that same image, we ourselves see in all rivers and oceans. It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all.
IsaFurey
IsaFureyhas quoted3 months ago
Were Niagara but a cataract of sand, would you travel your thousand miles to see it?
b0936117390
b0936117390has quoted5 months 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. This is my substitute for pistol and
Itzel Ríos
Itzel Ríoshas quoted5 months ago
if we obey God, we must disobey ourselves; and it is in this disobeying ourselves, wherein the hardness of obeying God consists.
Dario Alvarado
Dario Alvaradohas quoted5 months ago
There, then, he sat, the sign and symbol of a man without faith, hopelessly holding up hope in the midst of despair
Itzel Ríos
Itzel Ríoshas quoted5 months ago
afresh.

Oh! ye whose dead lie buried beneath the green grass; who standing among flowers can say—here, HERE lies my beloved; ye know not the desolation that broods in bosoms like these. What bitter blanks in those black-bordered marbles which cover no ashes! What despair in those immovable inscriptions! What deadly voids and unbidden infidelities in the lines that seem to gnaw upon all Faith, and refuse resurrections to the beings who have placelessly perished without a grave.
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