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At sea a fellow comes out. Salt water is like wine, in that respect.
Whatever fortune brings, don't be afraid of doing things.
Toil is man's allotment; toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that's more than either, the grief and sin of idleness.
In this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely, and without passport; whereas Virtue, if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers.
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.
Art is the objectification of feeling.
Let us speak, though we show all our faults and weaknesses, - for it is a sign of strength to be weak, to know it, and out with it - not in a set way and ostentatiously, though, but incidentally and without premeditation.
Hope is the struggle of the soul, breaking loose from what is perishable, and attesting her eternity.
Truth is in things, and not in words.
To be hated cordially, is only a left-handed compliment.
Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope.
The march of conquest through wild provinces, may be the march of Mind; but not the march of Love.
To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be that have tried it.
There is all of the difference in the world between paying and being paid.
Old age is always wakeful; as if, the longer linked with life, the less man has to do with aught that looks like death.
There are hardly five critics in America; and several of them are asleep.
Yet habit - strange thing! what cannot habit accomplish?
There is something wrong about the man who wants help. There is somewhere a deep defect, a want, in brief, a need, a crying need, somewhere about that man.
Some dying men are the most tyrannical; and certainly, since they will shortly trouble us so little for evermore, the poor fellows ought to be indulged.
A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.
Where do murderers go, man! Who's to doom, when the judge himself is dragged to the bar?
Let America first praise mediocrity even, in her children, before she praises... the best excellence in the children of any other land.
There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method.
There is nothing namable but that some men will, or undertake to, do it for pay.
There is sorrow in the world, but goodness too; and goodness that is not greenness, either, no more than sorrow is.
To be called one thing, is oftentimes to be another.
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