Moby Dick Quotes

25 of the best book quotes from Moby Dick
  1. #1
    Heaven have mercy on us all - Presbyterians and Pagans alike - for we are all somehow dreadfully cracked about the head, and sadly need mending.
  2. #2
    Call me Ishmael.
  3. #3
    I try all things, I achieve what I can.
  4. #4
    See how elastic our prejudices grow when once love comes to bend them.
  5. #5
    Ignorance is the parent of fear.
  6. #6
    As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.
  7. #7
    Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunk Christian.
  8. #8
    I am past scorching; not easily can’st thou scorch a scar.
  1. #9
    For there is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men
  2. #10
    Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I’d strike the sun if it insulted me.
  3. #11
    Book! You lie there; the fact is, you books must know your places. You’ll do to give us the bare words and facts, but we come in to supply the thoughts.
  4. #12
    It is not down on any map; true places never are.
  5. #13
    All mortal greatness is but disease.
  6. #14
    Think not, is my eleventh commandment; and sleep when you can, is my twelfth.
  7. #15
    Yes, as everyone knows, meditation and water are wedded for ever.
  8. #16
    All my means are sane, my motive and my object mad.
  1. #17
    There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.
  2. #18
    It is the easiest thing in the world for a man to look as if he had a great secret in him.
  3. #19
    God help thee, old man, thy thoughts have created a creature in thee; and he whose intense thinking thus makes him a Prometheus; a vulture feeds upon that heart forever; the vulture the very creature he creates.
  4. #20
    Let faith oust fact; let fancy oust memory; I look deep down and do believe.
  5. #21
    Swerve me? The path to my fixed purpose is laid with iron rails, whereon my soul is grooved to run. Over unsounded gorges, through the rifled hearts of mountains, under torrents’ beds, unerringly I rush! Naught’s an obstacle, naught’s an angle to the iron way!
  6. #22
    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 who have tried it.
  7. #23
    My body is but the lees of my better being.
  8. #24
    Human madness is oftentimes a cunning and most feline thing. When you think it fled, it may have but become transfigured into some still subtler form.
  1. #25
    Ignorance is the parent of fear.
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