1 But thou art but my fiery father; my sweet mother, I know not.
2 Nor, in some historic instances, has the art of human malice omitted so potent an auxiliary.
Moby Dick By Herman MelvilleContextHighlight In CHAPTER 42. The Whiteness of The Whale.
3 Take the hint, then; and when thou art dead, never bury thyself under living people's noses.
Moby Dick By Herman MelvilleContextHighlight In CHAPTER 108. Ahab and the Carpenter.
4 Thou touchest my inmost centre, boy; thou art tied to me by cords woven of my heart-strings.
5 "Thou art as a lion of the waters, and as a dragon of the sea," saith Ezekiel; hereby, plainly meaning a whale; in truth, some versions of the Bible use that word itself.
Moby Dick By Herman MelvilleContextHighlight In CHAPTER 82. The Honour and Glory of Whaling.
6 So omnipotent is art; which in many a district of New Bedford has superinduced bright terraces of flowers upon the barren refuse rocks thrown aside at creation's final day.
7 Nor, will the tragic dramatist who would depict mortal indomitableness in its fullest sweep and direct swing, ever forget a hint, incidentally so important in his art, as the one now alluded to.
8 For be a man's intellectual superiority what it will, it can never assume the practical, available supremacy over other men, without the aid of some sort of external arts and entrenchments, always, in themselves, more or less paltry and base.
9 Oh, thou dark Hindoo half of nature, who of drowned bones hast builded thy separate throne somewhere in the heart of these unverdured seas; thou art an infidel, thou queen, and too truly speakest to me in the wide-slaughtering Typhoon, and the hushed burial of its after calm.
10 And hence not only at substantiated times, upon well known separate feeding-grounds, could Ahab hope to encounter his prey; but in crossing the widest expanses of water between those grounds he could, by his art, so place and time himself on his way, as even then not to be wholly without prospect of a meeting.