Thursday Quotables: Moby Dick


Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

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Moby Dick by Herman Melville
(published 1851)

Call me crazy, but I’ve decided to finally buckle down and read Moby Dick, thanks to my favorite new toy, the Serial Reader app. (For more info, check out my post about Serial Reader here.)

Wait, call me crazy? Shouldn’t that be…

Call me Ishmael.

Sorry, couldn’t resist. I’ve read 10% so far, and I’ll admit that I’m actually really entertained! I love the main character’s description of Queequeg, a “savage” with whom he shares a bed at the inn before they ever even set sail:

With much interest I sat watching him. Savage though he was, and hideously marred about the face — at least to my taste — his countenance yet had a something in it which was by no means disagreeable. You cannot hide the soul. Through all his unearthly tattooings, I thought I saw the traces of a simple honest heart; and in his large, deep eyes, fiery black and bold, there seemed tokens of a spirit that would dare a thousand devils.

And a moment later:

He looked like a man who had never cringed and never had had a creditor.

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

If you’d like to participate in Thursday Quotables, it’s really simple:

  • Write a Thursday Quotables post on your blog. Try to pick something from whatever you’re reading now. And please be sure to include a link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your post (, if you’d be so kind!
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  • After you link up, I’d love it if you’d leave a comment about my quote for this week.
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8 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: Moby Dick

  1. I’m so happy that you’re enjoying yourself with this book. I was miserable the whole time I was reading it. But, I found the hero’s bromance with Queequeg the book’s only redeemable quality.

    • It’s such a bromance! That’s hilarious — I hadn’t thought about it, but that’s a perfect description. I’m really enjoying the app approach, reading it in 10 minute chunks each day. Dare I say it — it’s actually fun.

  2. I read Moby Dick in college and my professor LOVED the book. I enjoyed it, but I remember alternating chapters that described nature – those were a little more difficult. I may have to re-read it. Looking forward to your review!

    • Oh, I don’t know if I’ll ever review it. I mean, what is there left to say? 🙂 But it’s really fun getting little segments delivered each day and reading it in small pieces.

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