^Challenge^ The challenge is not to win, but to conquer the fear. It is not the other people you have to beat, it is your self.
So, cutting the lashing of the waterproof match keg, after many failures Starbuck contrived to ignite the lamp in the lantern; then stretching it on a waif pole, handed it to Queequeg as the standard-bearer of this forlorn hope. There, then, he sat, holding up that imbecile candle in the heart of that almighty forlornness. There, then, he sat, the sign and symbol of a man without faith, hopelessly holding up hope in the midst of despair.
A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.
- Joyce Carol Oates American Novelist
- David Foster Wallace American Novelist, Essayist
- Ken Kesey American Novelist
- Walt Whitman American Poet
- Langston Hughes American Novelist
- William S. Burroughs American Novelist
- Barbara Kingsolver American Novelist
- Reynolds Price American Novelist
- Ray Bradbury American Novelist
- Kurt Vonnegut American Novelist