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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.
Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.
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.
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.
At sea a fellow comes out. Salt water is like wine, in that respect.
They talk of the dignity of work. The dignity is in leisure.
Whatever fortune brings, don't be afraid of doing things.
Truth uncompromisingly told will always have its ragged edges.
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.
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.
There are times when even the most potent governor must wink at transgression, in order to preserve the laws inviolate for the future.
There is all of the difference in the world between paying and being paid.
Is there some principal of nature which states that we never know the quality of what we have until it is gone?
There are hardly five critics in America; and several of them are asleep.
Old age is always wakeful; as if, the longer linked with life, the less man has to do with aught that looks like death.
Truth is the silliest thing under the sun. Try to get a living by the Truth and go to the Soup Societies. Heavens! Let any clergyman try to preach the Truth from its very stronghold, the pulpit, and they would ride him out of his church on his own pulpit bannister.
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.
A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.
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.
Where do murderers go, man! Who's to doom, when the judge himself is dragged to the bar?
To be called one thing, is oftentimes to be another.
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