the practices of whalemen soon convinced him that even Christians could be both miserable and wicked

what that is none know but those who have tried it

start her like grim death and grinning devils, and raise the buried dead perpendicular out of their graves, boys

the apparition of the Squid was a thing of portents

when cruising in an empty ship, if you can get nothing better out of the world, get a good dinner out of it, at least

Old age is always wakeful; as if, the longer linked with life, the less man has to do with aught that looks like death.

I believe that much of a man’s character will be found betokened in his backbone.

But sperm whales are not every day encountered; while you may, then, you must kill all you can.

though he can take in an undiscriminating sweep of things at one glance, it is quite impossible for him, attentively, and completely, to examine any two things—however large or however small—at one and the same instant of time

Is it not curious, that so vast a being as the whale should see the world through so small an eye

others were set down for magnificent parts in high tragedies, and short and easy parts in genteel comedies, and jolly parts in farces

this made the sight of him unspeakably pitiable; while still, in his amazing bulk, portcullis jaw, and omnipotent tail, there was enough to appal the stoutest man who so pitied

Narcissus, who because he could not grasp the tormenting, mild image he saw in the fountain, plunged into it and was drowned.

up comes the bucket again, all bubbling like a dairy-maid’s pail of new milk

the skewer seems loosening out of the middle of the world

Now, art thou the man to pitch a harpoon down a live whale’s throat, and then jump after it?

God help thee, old man, thy thoughts have created a creature in thee

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