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infinite
used in Moby Dick

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unlimited; without boundaries; or too numerous to count
  • But, alas! the practices of whalemen soon convinced him that even Christians could be both miserable and wicked; infinitely more so, than all his father's heathens.
    Chapters 10-12 -- A Bosom Friend; Nightgown; Biographical (87% in)
  • But as in landlessness alone resides highest truth, shoreless, indefinite as God—so, better is it to perish in that howling infinite, than be ingloriously dashed upon the lee, even if that were safety!
    Chapters 22-24 -- Merry Christmas; The Lee Shore; The Advocate (52% in)
  • This it is, that for ever keeps God's true princes of the Empire from the world's hustings; and leaves the highest honours that this air can give, to those men who become famous more through their infinite inferiority to the choice hidden handful of the Divine Inert, than through their undoubted superiority over the dead level of the mass.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (97% in)
  • There you stand, lost in the infinite series of the sea, with nothing ruffled but the waves.
    Chapters 34-36 -- The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck--Ahab and all (41% in)
  • True, from the unmarred dead body of the whale, you may scrape off with your hand an infinitely thin, transparent substance, somewhat resembling the thinnest shreds of isinglass, only it is almost as flexible and soft as satin; that is, previous to being dried, when it not only contracts and thickens, but becomes rather hard and brittle.
    Chapters 67-69 -- Cutting In; The Blanket; The Funeral (39% in)
  • That same infinitely thin, isinglass substance, which, I admit, invests the entire body of the whale, is not so much to be regarded as the skin of the creature, as the skin of the skin, so to speak; for it were simply ridiculous to say, that the proper skin of the tremendous whale is thinner and more tender than the skin of a new-born child.
    Chapters 67-69 -- Cutting In; The Blanket; The Funeral (43% in)
  • Beneath the unclouded and mild azure sky, upon the fair face of the pleasant sea, wafted by the joyous breezes, that great mass of death floats on and on, till lost in infinite perspectives.
    Chapters 67-69 -- Cutting In; The Blanket; The Funeral (88% in)
  • Best, therefore, withhold any amazement at the strangely gallied whales before us, for there is no folly of the beasts of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men.
    Chapters 85-87 -- The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (69% in)
  • The sea had jeeringly kept his finite body up, but drowned the infinite of his soul.
    Chapters 91-93 -- The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (97% in)
  • For nothing was this man more remarkable, than for a certain impersonal stolidity as it were; impersonal, I say; for it so shaded off into the surrounding infinite of things, that it seemed one with the general stolidity discernible in the whole visible world; which while pauselessly active in uncounted modes, still eternally holds its peace, and ignores you, though you dig foundations for cathedrals.
    Chapters 106-108 -- Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (44% in)
  • ...the death-longing eyes of such men, who still have left in them some interior compunctions against suicide, does the all-contributed and all-receptive ocean alluringly spread forth his whole plain of unimaginable, taking terrors, and wonderful, new-life adventures; and from the hearts of infinite Pacifics, the thousand mermaids sing to them—"Come hither, broken-hearted; here is another life without the guilt of intermediate death; here are wonders supernatural, without dying for them.
    Chapters 112-114 -- The Blacksmith; The Forge; The Gilder (31% in)
  • Ah! how they still strove through that infinite blueness to seek out the thing that might destroy them!
    Chapters 133-135 -- The Chase--First Day; The Chase--Second Day; The Chase--Third Day (40% in)

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