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.
The sailor is frankness, the landsman is finesse. Life is not a game with the sailor, demanding the long head
A true military officer is in one particular like a true monk. Not with more self-abnegation will the latter keep his vows of monastic obedience than the former his vows of allegiance to martial duty.
^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.
A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.
Let us speak, though we show all our faults and weaknesses, –for it is a sign of strength to be weak, to know it, and out with it — not in a set way and ostentatiously, though, but incidentally and without premeditation.
Topics: Speech, Conversation
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- David Foster Wallace American Novelist, Essayist
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- Walt Whitman American Poet
- Langston Hughes American Novelist
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