CAPTAIN AHAB QUOTES

“All my means are sane, my motive and my object mad.”

“Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale.”

“I am madness maddened.”

“I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote.”

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

“I have swallowed a world.”

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

“Better to sink beneath the yoke than to live forever as slaves.”

“There is no folly of the beasts of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men.”

“All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain.”

“He tasks me; he heaps me; I see in him outrageous strength, with an inscrutable malice sinewing it. That inscrutable thing is chiefly what I hate; and be the white whale agent, or be the white whale principal, I will wreak that hate upon him.”

“I’d strike the sun if it insulted me.”

“I’ll chase him round Good Hope and round the Horn and round the Norway Maelstrom and round perdition’s flames before I give him up.” COLD HEARTED PERSON QUOTES

“Oh! thou clear spirit of clear fire, whom on these seas I as Persian once did worship, till in the sacramental act so burned by thee, that to this hour I bear the scar; I now know thee, thou clear spirit, and I now know that thy right worship is defiance.”

“Let us fly, let us run, let us hide, but let us not be seen.”

“He piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart’s shell upon it.”

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

“I will not be juggled with, and these beard-splitting arguments are as stuff and nonsense to me.”

“It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life, and this is the key to it all.”

“I’ll follow him around the Cape of Good Hope and around the Horn and around the Norway Maelstrom and around perdition’s flames before I give him up.”

“My means are sane, but my motives are mad.”

“All deep, earnest thinking is but the intrepid effort of the soul to keep the open independence of her sea.”

“I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.”

“I have seen the White Whale!”