Best 21 Moby Dick Quotes – “Words that Resonate Deeply “

Moby Dick Quotes

  • “It is not down on any map; true places never are.” –  Moby Dick
  • “Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I’d strike the sun if it insulted me.” –  Moby Dick
  • …to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.” –  Moby Dick
  • “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.” –  Moby Dick
  • “Think not, is my eleventh commandment; and sleep when you can, is my twelfth.” –  Moby Dick
  • “It is the easiest thing in the world for a man to look as if he had a great secret in him..” –  Moby Dick
  • “A noble craft, but somehow a most melancholy! All noble things are touched with that.” –  Moby Dick
  • “Top-heavy was the ship as a dinnerless student with all Aristotle in his head.” –  Moby Dick
  • “In this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely and without a passport; whereas Virtue, if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers.” –  Moby Dick
  • “There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.” –  Moby Dick
  • “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.” –  Moby Dick
  • “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.” –  Moby Dick
  • “Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunken Christian.” –  Moby Dick
  • “All my means are sane, my motive and my object mad.” –  Moby Dick
  • “Yes, as everyone knows, meditation and water are wedded for ever.” –  Moby Dick
  • “From beneath his slouched hat Ahab dropped a tear into the sea; nor did all the Pacific contain such wealth as that one wee drop.” –  Moby Dick
  • “For God’s sake, be economical with your lamps and candles! not a gallon you burn, but at least one drop of man’s blood was spilled for it.” –  Moby Dick
  • “Because no man can ever feel his own identity aright except his eyes be closed; as if darkness were indeed the proper element of our essences, though light be more congenial to our clayey part.” –  Moby Dick
  • “Thought he, it’s a wicked world in all meridians; I’ll die a pagan.” –  Moby Dick
  • “Queequeg was a native of Kokovoko, an island far away to the West and South. It is not down in any map; true places never are.” –  Moby Dick
  • “Let faith oust fact; let fancy oust memory; I look deep down and do believe.” – Moby Dick


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