Voyages from I to Thou.

Location: Skellig Michel, Ireland

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Woe to him who disobeys the whale

This, shippmates, is that other lesson; and woe to that pilot of the living God who slights it. Woe to him whom this world charms from Gospel duty! Woe to him who seeks to pour oil on the waters when God has brewed them into a gale! Woe to him who seeks to please rather than to appal! Woe to him whose good name is more to him that goodness! Woe to him who, in this world, courts not dishonor! Woe to him who would not be true, even though to be false were salvation!

-- Father Mapple, Moby Dick


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