Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Abstract Nº65

Take almost any path you please, and ten to one it carries you down in a dale, and leaves you there by a pool in the stream. There is magic in it. Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest reveries — stand that man on his legs, set his feet a-going, and he will infallibly lead you to water, if water there be in all that region. Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical professor. Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded forever.

Herman Melville, "Moby-Dick", Ch. 1, (Loomings).

4 comments:

Christina said...

for the first time in my life, I feel I should read Moby Dick.

runnerfrog said...

Well, it is the Great American Novel... and I even used the capital letters :-)
(Although I dissent a bit and call it Great U.S. Novel, by respect for the rest of the americas.)

Tai said...

Oh, the mad brilliance of Melville! That is the perfect image for it.

runnerfrog said...

Yeap, very lucid fella. :-)
Glad to have your comment!

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