But all the things that God would have us do are hard for us to do—remember that—and hence, he oftener commands us than endeavors to persuade.
They seemed to endeavor to conceal themselves behind the whale, in order to avoid being seen by us.
As no better man advances to take this matter in hand, I hereupon offer my own poor endeavors.
We then turned over the book together, and I endeavored to explain to him the purpose of the printing, and the meaning of the few pictures that were in it.
Closing the door upon the landlady, I endeavored to prevail upon Queequeg to take a chair; but in vain.
Such unaccountable masses of shades and shadows, that at first you almost thought some ambitious young artist, in the time of the New England hags, had endeavored to delineate chaos bewitched.
It is much the same with him who endeavors the description of the scene.
Therefore, though I am but ill qualified for a pioneer, in the application of these two semi-sciences to the whale, I will do my endeavor.
No possible endeavor then could enable her commander to make the great passage southwards, double Cape Horn, and then running down sixty degrees of latitude arrive in the equatorial Pacific in time to cruise there.
But by desperate endeavor we at last shot into a temporary opening; then giving way rapidly, and at the same time earnestly watching for another outlet.
"I was about observing, sir, before Captain Boomer’s facetious interruption, that spite of my best and severest endeavors, the wound kept getting worse and worse; the truth was, sir, it was as ugly gaping wound as surgeon ever saw; more than two feet and several inches long.
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I endeavored to get both sides to agree to a compromise.