The Ten Best Moments in Moby Dick

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10. “He looked like a man cut away from the stake, when the fire has overrunningly wasted all the limbs without consuming them, or taking away one particle from their compacted aged robustness….”

9. “Moby Dick seeks thee not. It is thou, thou, that madly seekest him!”

8. “There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness.”

7. “And then, ah then you hear that terrible high pitch screamin’ and the ocean turns red and spite of all the poundin’ and the hollerin’ they all come in and rip you to pieces.”

6. “Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I’d strike the sun if it insulted me.”

5. “For all men tragically great are made so through a certain morbidness…. all mortal greatness is but disease.”

4. “When we get them silly bastards down in that rock pile, it’ll be some fun, they’ll wish their fathers had never met their mothers.”

3. “It is not down in any map; true places never are.”

2. “Call me Ishmael.”

1. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”