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"Better sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian."  (Herman Melville, Moby Dick)

"Death is only a launching into the region of the strange Untried; it is but the first salutation to the possibilities of the immense Remote, the Wild, the Watery, the Unshored..."  (Herman Melville, Moby Dick)

"For as this appalling ocean surrounds the verdant land, so in the soul of man there lies one insular Tahiti, full of peace and joy, but encompassed by all the horrors of the half known life. God keep thee! Push not off from that isle, thou canst never return!"  (Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Ch. 58)

"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 for ever; that vulture the very creature he creates."  (Herman Melville, Moby Dick)

"How wondrous familiar is a fool!"  (Herman Melville, Moby Dick)

"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."  (Herman Melville, Moby Dick)

"Miserable man! Oh! most contemptible and worthy of all scorn; with slouched hat and guilty eye, skulking from his God; prowling among the shipping like a vile burglar hastening to cross the seas."  (Herman Melville, Moby Dick)

"So man's insanity is heaven's sense; and wandering from all mortal reason, man comes at last to that celestial thought, which, to reason, is absurd and frantic; and weal or woe, feels then uncompromised, indifferent as his God."  (Herman Melville, 'Moby Dick)

"There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody's expense but his own."  (Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Ch. 49)

"There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method."  (Herman Melville, Moby Dick)

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