Equipoise Quote from Moby Dick

Equipoise Quote from Moby Dick

Equipoise quote from Moby Dick

“For the whale is indeed wrapt up in his blubber as in a real blanket or counterpane; or, still better, an Indian poncho slipt over his head, and skirting his extremity. It is by reason of this cosy blanketing of his body, that the whale is enabled to keep himself comfortable in all weathers, in all seas, times, and tides. What would become of a Greenland whale, say, in those shuddering, icy seas of the North, if unsupplied with his cosy surtout? … How wonderful is it then…that this great monster, to whom corporeal warmth is as indispensable as it is to man; how wonderful that he should be found at home, immersed to his lips for life in those Arctic waters! Where, when seamen fall “overboard, they are sometimes found, months afterwards, perpendicularly frozen into the hearts of fields of ice, as a fly is found glued in amber. But more surprising is it to know, as has been proved by experiment, that the blood of a Polar whale is warmer than that of a Borneo negro in summer.”

“Oh, man! Admire and model thyself after the whale! Do thou, too, remain warm among ice. Do thou, too, live in this world without being of it. Be cool at the equator; keep thy blood fluid at the Pole. Like the great dome of St. Peter’s, and like the great whale, retain, O man! In all seasons a temperature of thine own.”

by Herman Melville in Moby Dick  (The whale description is a perfect description of equipoise.)

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1 Comment

  1. Mary Beth Williams 3 months ago

    Beautiful and inspiring ❤️❤️❤️🐳🐋🐳🐋. Thank you dear.

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