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used in Moby Dick

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mortal body
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human (especially merely human); or subject to death
  • But, perhaps, to be true philosophers, we mortals should not be conscious of so living or so striving.
    Chapters 10-12 — A Bosom Friend; Nightgown; Biographical (22% in)
  • I say, we good Presbyterian Christians should be charitable in these things, and not fancy ourselves so vastly superior to other mortals, pagans and what not, because of their half-crazy conceits on these subjects.
    Chapters 16-18 — The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (61% in)
  • I say this continual smoking must have been one cause, at least, of his peculiar disposition; for every one knows that this earthly air, whether ashore or afloat, is terribly infected with the nameless miseries of the numberless mortals who have died exhaling it; and as in time of the cholera, some people go about with a camphorated handkerchief to their mouths; so, likewise, against all mortal tribulations, Stubb's tobacco smoke might have operated as a sort of disinfecting agent.
    Chapters 25-27 — Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (62% in)
  • Great Washington, too, stands high aloft on his towering main-mast in Baltimore, and like one of Hercules' pillars, his column marks that point of human grandeur beyond which few mortals will go.
    Chapters 34-36 — The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck—Ahab and all (36% in)
  • Yea, foolish mortals, Noah's flood is not yet subsided; two thirds of the fair world it yet covers.
    Chapters 58-60 — Brit; Squid; The Line (20% in)
  • All are born with halters round their necks; but it is only when caught in the swift, sudden turn of death, that mortals realize the silent, subtle, ever-present perils of life.
    Chapters 58-60 — Brit; Squid; The Line (99% in)
  • And yet still further pondering—while I jerked him now and then from between the whale and ship, which would threaten to jam him—still further pondering, I say, I saw that this situation of mine was the precise situation of every mortal that breathes; only, in most cases, he, one way or other, has this Siamese connexion with a plurality of other mortals.
    Chapters 70-72 — The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (79% in)
  • For hardly have we mortals by long toilings extracted from this world's vast bulk its small but valuable sperm; and then, with weary patience, cleansed ourselves from its defilements, and learned to live here in clean tabernacles of the soul; hardly is this done, when—THERE SHE BLOWS!
    Chapters 97-99 — The Lamp; Stowing Down & Clearing Up; Doubloon (32% in)
  • Overhearing the indignant but half-humorous cries with which the people on deck began to drive the coffin away, Queequeg, to every one's consternation, commanded that the thing should be instantly brought to him, nor was there any denying him; seeing that, of all mortals, some dying men are the most tyrannical; and certainly, since they will shortly trouble us so little for evermore, the poor fellows ought to be indulged.
    Chapters 109-111 — Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin; Queequeg in his Coffin; The Pacific (58% in)
  • Clinging to a spar with one hand, some reached forth the other with impatient wavings; others, shading their eyes from the vivid sunlight, sat far out on the rocking yards; all the spars in full bearing of mortals, ready and ripe for their fate.
    Chapters 133-135 — The Chase—First Day; The Chase—Second Day; The Chase—Third Day (40% in)

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  • Cursed be that mortal inter-indebtedness which will not do away with ledgers.
    Chapters 106-108 — Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (89% in)
  • —Posted like silent sentinels all around the town, stand thousands upon thousands of mortal men fixed in ocean reveries.
    Chapters 1-3 — Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (3% in)
  • —chiefly known to me by Thy rod—mortal or immortal, here I die.
    Chapters 7-9 — The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (99% in)
  • To this, in substance, he replied, that though what I hinted was true enough, yet he had a particular affection for his own harpoon, because it was of assured stuff, well tried in many a mortal combat, and deeply intimate with the hearts of whales.
    Chapters 13-15 — Wheelbarrow; Nantucket; Chowder (6% in)
  • Be sure of this, O young ambition, all mortal greatness is but disease.
    Chapters 16-18 — The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (28% in)
  • ...and castaways, I shall hereafter ascribe high qualities, though dark; weave round them tragic graces; if even the most mournful, perchance the most abased, among them all, shall at times lift himself to the exalted mounts; if I shall touch that workman's arm with some ethereal light; if I shall spread a rainbow over his disastrous set of sun; then against all mortal critics bear me out in it, thou Just Spirit of Equality, which hast spread one royal mantle of humanity over all my kind!
    Chapters 25-27 — Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (44% in)
  • I say this continual smoking must have been one cause, at least, of his peculiar disposition; for every one knows that this earthly air, whether ashore or afloat, is terribly infected with the nameless miseries of the numberless mortals who have died exhaling it; and as in time of the cholera, some people go about with a camphorated handkerchief to their mouths; so, likewise, against all mortal tribulations, Stubb's tobacco smoke might have operated as a sort of disinfecting agent.
    Chapters 25-27 — Postscript; Knights and Squires; Knights and Squires (62% in)
  • But once Tashtego's senior, an old Gay-Head Indian among the crew, superstitiously asserted that not till he was full forty years old did Ahab become that way branded, and then it came upon him, not in the fury of any mortal fray, but in an elemental strife at sea.
    Chapters 28-30 — Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (26% in)
  • Nor, will the tragic dramatist who would depict mortal indomitableness in its fullest sweep and direct swing, ever forget a hint, incidentally so important in his art, as the one now alluded to.
    Chapters 31-33 — Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (99% in)
  • But Queequeg, he had a mortal, barbaric smack of the lip in eating—an ugly sound enough—so much so, that the trembling Dough-Boy almost looked to see whether any marks of teeth lurked in his own lean arms.
    Chapters 34-36 — The Cabin-Table; The Mast-Head; The Qarter-Deck—Ahab and all (23% in)
  • So that overawed by the rumors and portents concerning him, not a few of the fishermen recalled, in reference to Moby Dick, the earlier days of the Sperm Whale fishery, when it was oftentimes hard to induce long practised Right whalemen to embark in the perils of this new and daring warfare; such men protesting that although other leviathans might be hopefully pursued, yet to chase and point lance at such an apparition as the Sperm Whale was not for mortal man.
    Chapters 40-42 — Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (32% in)
  • ...human race itself, giving the white man ideal mastership over every dusky tribe; and though, besides, all this, whiteness has been even made significant of gladness, for among the Romans a white stone marked a joyful day; and though in other mortal sympathies and symbolizings, this same hue is made the emblem of many touching, noble things—the innocence of brides, the benignity of age; though among the Red Men of America the giving of the white belt of wampum was the deepest pledge of...
    Chapters 40-42 — Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (63% in)
  • It cannot well be doubted, that the one visible quality in the aspect of the dead which most appals the gazer, is the marble pallor lingering there; as if indeed that pallor were as much like the badge of consternation in the other world, as of mortal trepidation here.
    Chapters 40-42 — Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (81% in)
  • But though without dissent this point be fixed, how is mortal man to account for it?
    Chapters 40-42 — Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (82% in)
  • Or why, irrespective of all latitudes and longitudes, does the name of the White Sea exert such a spectralness over the fancy, while that of the Yellow Sea lulls us with mortal thoughts of long lacquered mild afternoons on the waves, followed by the gaudiest and yet sleepiest of sunsets?
    Chapters 40-42 — Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (86% in)
  • In another place—p. 45,—he speaks of "THE MYSTERIOUS AND MORTAL ATTACK OF THE ANIMAL."
    Chapters 43-45 — Hark!; The Chart; The Affidavit (73% in)
  • Though, consumed with the hot fire of his purpose, Ahab in all his thoughts and actions ever had in view the ultimate capture of Moby Dick; though he seemed ready to sacrifice all mortal interests to that one passion; nevertheless it may have been that he was by nature and long habituation far too wedded to a fiery whaleman's ways, altogether to abandon the collateral prosecution of the voyage.
    Chapters 46-48 — Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (1% in)
  • But almost everybody supposed that this particular preparative heedfulness in Ahab must only be with a view to the ultimate chase of Moby Dick; for he had already revealed his intention to hunt that mortal monster in person.
    Chapters 49-51 — The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (43% in)
  • But when, after spending his uniform interval there for several successive nights without uttering a single sound; when, after all this silence, his unearthly voice was heard announcing that silvery, moon-lit jet, every reclining mariner started to his feet as if some winged spirit had lighted in the rigging, and hailed the mortal crew.
    Chapters 49-51 — The Hyena; Ahab's Boat and Crew - Fedallah; The Spirit-Spout (63% in)
  • The living whale, in his full majesty and significance, is only to be seen at sea in unfathomable waters; and afloat the vast bulk of him is out of sight, like a launched line-of-battle ship; and out of that element it is a thing eternally impossible for mortal man to hoist him bodily into the air, so as to preserve all his mighty swells and undulations.
    Chapters 55-57 — Monstrous Pictures of Whales; Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales; Whales in Paint.... (35% in)
  • With a frigate's anchors for my bridle-bitts and fasces of harpoons for spurs, would I could mount that whale and leap the topmost skies, to see whether the fabled heavens with all their countless tents really lie encamped beyond my mortal sight!
    Chapters 55-57 — Monstrous Pictures of Whales; Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales; Whales in Paint.... (**% in)
  • ...unspeakably unsocial and repelling; though we know the sea to be an everlasting terra incognita, so that Columbus sailed over numberless unknown worlds to discover his one superficial western one; though, by vast odds, the most terrific of all mortal disasters have immemorially and indiscriminately befallen tens and hundreds of thousands of those who have gone upon the waters; though but a moment's consideration will teach, that however baby man may brag of his science and skill, and...
    Chapters 58-60 — Brit; Squid; The Line (15% in)
  • Nor can any son of mortal woman, for the first time, seat himself amid those hempen intricacies, and while straining his utmost at the oar, bethink him that at any unknown instant the harpoon may be darted, and all these horrible contortions be put in play like ringed lightnings; he cannot be thus circumstanced without a shudder that makes the very marrow in his bones to quiver in him like a shaken jelly.
    Chapters 58-60 — Brit; Squid; The Line (86% in)
  • That mortal man should feed upon the creature that feeds his lamp, and, like Stubb, eat him by his own light, as you may say; this seems so outlandish a thing that one must needs go a little into the history and philosophy of it.
    Chapters 64-66 — Stubb's Supper; The Whale as a Dish; The Shark Massacre (65% in)
  • So strongly and metaphysically did I conceive of my situation then, that while earnestly watching his motions, I seemed distinctly to perceive that my own individuality was now merged in a joint stock company of two; that my free will had received a mortal wound; and that another's mistake or misfortune might plunge innocent me into unmerited disaster and death.
    Chapters 70-72 — The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (77% in)
  • And yet still further pondering—while I jerked him now and then from between the whale and ship, which would threaten to jam him—still further pondering, I say, I saw that this situation of mine was the precise situation of every mortal that breathes; only, in most cases, he, one way or other, has this Siamese connexion with a plurality of other mortals.
    Chapters 70-72 — The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (78% in)
  • With a shout, they took a mortal start forwards, and slantingly ranged up on the German's quarter.
    Chapters 79-81 — The Prairie; The Nut; The Pequod Meets the Virgin (54% in)
  • The lake, as I have hinted, was to a considerable depth exceedingly transparent; and as human infants while suckling will calmly and fixedly gaze away from the breast, as if leading two different lives at the time; and while yet drawing mortal nourishment, be still spiritually feasting upon some unearthly reminiscence;—even so did the young of these whales seem looking up towards us, but not at us, as if we were but a bit of Gulfweed in their new-born sight.
    Chapters 85-87 — The Fountain; The Tail; The Grand Armada (84% in)
  • So man's insanity is heaven's sense; and wandering from all mortal reason, man comes at last to that celestial thought, which, to reason, is absurd and frantic; and weal or woe, feels then uncompromised, indifferent as his God.
    Chapters 91-93 — The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (99% in)
  • So, therefore, that mortal man who hath more of joy than sorrow in him, that mortal man cannot be true—not true, or undeveloped.
    Chapters 94-96 — A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (93% in)
  • So, therefore, that mortal man who hath more of joy than sorrow in him, that mortal man cannot be true—not true, or undeveloped.
    Chapters 94-96 — A Squeeze of the Hand; The Cassock; The Try-Works (93% in)
  • The weaver-god, he weaves; and by that weaving is he deafened, that he hears no mortal voice; and by that humming, we, too, who look on the loom are deafened; and only when we escape it shall we hear the thousand voices that speak through it.
    Chapters 100-102 — The Pequod meets....; The Decanter; A Bower in the Arsacides (87% in)
  • Ah, mortal! then, be heedful; for so, in all this din of the great world's loom, thy subtlest thinkings may be overheard afar.
    Chapters 100-102 — The Pequod meets....; The Decanter; A Bower in the Arsacides (88% in)
  • ...of this: that it is an inference from certain canonic teachings, that while some natural enjoyments here shall have no children born to them for the other world, but, on the contrary, shall be followed by the joy-childlessness of all hell's despair; whereas, some guilty mortal miseries shall still fertilely beget to themselves an eternally progressive progeny of griefs beyond the grave; not at all to hint of this, there still seems an inequality in the deeper analysis of the thing.
    Chapters 106-108 — Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (10% in)
  • To trail the genealogies of these high mortal miseries, carries us at last among the sourceless primogenitures of the gods; so that, in the face of all the glad, hay-making suns, and soft cymballing, round harvest-moons, we must needs give in to this: that the gods themselves are not for ever glad.
    Chapters 106-108 — Ahab's Leg; The Carpenter; Ahab and the Carpenter (13% in)
  • But I said, old man, that ere thou couldst die on this voyage, two hearses must verily be seen by thee on the sea; the first not made by mortal hands; and the visible wood of the last one must be grown in America.
    Chapters 115-117 — The Pequod Meets The Bachelor; The Dying Whale; The Whale Watch (89% in)
  • Such an added, gliding strangeness began to invest the thin Fedallah now; such ceaseless shudderings shook him; that the men looked dubious at him; half uncertain, as it seemed, whether indeed he were a mortal substance, or else a tremulous shadow cast upon the deck by some unseen being's body.
    Chapters 130-132 — The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (10% in)
  • Here's food for thought, had Ahab time to think; but Ahab never thinks; he only feels, feels, feels; THAT'S tingling enough for mortal man! to think's audacity.
    Chapters 133-135 — The Chase—First Day; The Chase—Second Day; The Chase—Third Day (62% in)
  • Would now the wind but had a body; but all the things that most exasperate and outrage mortal man, all these things are bodiless, but only bodiless as objects, not as agents.
    Chapters 133-135 — The Chase—First Day; The Chase—Second Day; The Chase—Third Day (64% in)
  • Retribution, swift vengeance, eternal malice were in his whole aspect, and spite of all that mortal man could do, the solid white buttress of his forehead smote the ship's starboard bow, till men and timbers reeled.
    Chapters 133-135 — The Chase—First Day; The Chase—Second Day; The Chase—Third Day (94% in)

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