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All 353 Division I basketball teams as quotes from Moby Dick

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Capturing A Sperm Whale

It’s the last few moments of the offseason. From the great staff that brought you “mid-major teams as Asian restaurant items” and “times to eat lunch, ranked,” we are proud to present Mid-Major Teams as Quotes from Herman Melville’s novel Moby-Dick.

Also, if you have time, consider donating to save oceans, which are cool and good. Quotes are listed from their respective chapters.


“it might seem an absurdly hopeless task thus to seek out one solitary creature in the unhooped oceans of this planet” – The Chart

Mid-Major Mandess in one quote: “But clear Truth is a thing for salamander giants only to encounter; how small the chances for the provincials then? - The Battering-Ram

America East

“For three hundred and sixty miles, gentlemen, through the entire breadth of the state of New York; through numerous populous cities and most thriving villages; through long, dismal, uninhabited swamps, and affluent, cultivated fields, unrivalled for fertility.” - The Town Ho’s Story

“‘Bad news; she brings bad news,’ muttered the old Manxman.’” - The Pequod Meets the Rachel

“What skiff in tow of a seventy-four can stand still?” - Moby Dick

“A curious sight; these bashful bears, these timid warrior whalemen!” - Breakfast

“That’s my small experience, so far as the Massachusetts calendar, and Bowditch’s navigator, and Daboll’s arithmetic go.” - The Doubloon

New Hampshire
“And those sublimer towers, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, whence, in peculiar moods, comes that gigantic ghostliness over the soul at the bare mention of that name.” - The Whiteness of the Whale

Stony Brook
“Be sure of this, O young ambition, all mortal greatness is but disease.” - The Ship

“an utterly fearless man is a far more dangerous comrade than a coward.” - Knights and Squires

“and yet, here they sat at a social breakfast table - all of the same calling, all of kindred tastes - looking round as sheepishly at each other as though they had never been out of sight of some sheepfold among the Green Mountains.” - The Breakfast


“And since in this famous fishery, each mate or headsman, like a Gothic Knight of old, is always accompanied by his boat-steerer or harpooneer” - Knights and Squires

“...concerning which the fishermen have this saying, “A penny roll would choke him;” his swallow is so very small.” - Jonah Historically Regarded

“But Pip loved life, and all life’s peaceable securities...what was thus temporarily subdued in him, in the end was destined to be luridly illumined by strange wild fires, that fictitiously showed him off to ten times the natural lustre with which in his native Tolland County in Connecticut.” - The Castaway

East Carolina
“In thought a fine human brow is like the east when troubled with the morning.” - The Praire

“Surely, he will stop for water. Nay. For a long time, now, the circus-running sun has raced within his fiery ring, and needs no sustenance but what’s in himself.” - The Grand Armada

“Why did the poor poet of Tennessee, upon suddenly receiving two handfuls of silver, deliberate whether to buy him a coat, which he sadly needed, or invest his money in a pedestrian trip to Rockaway Beach?” - Loomings

“‘What has he in his hand there?’ cried Starbuck, pointing to something wavingly held by the German. ‘Impossible! - a lamp-feeder!’” - The Pequod Meets the Virgin

“Like one who after a night of drunken revelry hies to his bed, still reeling, but with conscience yet pricking him, as the plungings of the Roman race- horse but so much the more strike his steel tags into him...” - The Sermon

“For notwithstanding its complicated tracery of sculpture, the Temple of the Law, like the Temple of the Philistines, has but two props to stand on.” - Fast Fish and Loose Fish

“To a landsman, no whale, nor any sign of a herring, would have been visible at that moment; nothing but a troubled bit of greenish white water, and thin scattered puffs of vapor hovering over it, and suffusingly blowing off to leeward, like the confused scud from white rolling billows.” - The First Lowering

“‘That’s his hump. There, there, give it to him!’ whispered Starbuck.” - The First Lowering

Wichita State
“For did ye three but once take the full-forced shock, then mine own electric thing, that had perhaps expired from out me.” - The Quarter-Deck


Boston College
“, though idiotic, and knowing not what he does, yet full of the sweet things of love and gratitude...” - The Log and Line

“Warmest climes but nurse the cruellest fangs: the tiger of Bengal crouches in spiced groves of ceaseless verdure.” - The Candles

“Please, Sir, who is the Lord Warden?”
”The Duke.”
”But the duke had nothing to do with taking this fish?”
”It is his.”
”We have been at great trouble, and peril, and some expense, and is all that to go to the Duke’s benefit; we getting nothing at all for our pains but our blisters?”
”It is his.” - Heads or Tails

Florida State
“Soon I proposed a social smoke; and, producing his pouch and tomahawk, he quietly offered me a puff. And then we sat exchanging puffs from that wild pipe of his, and keeping it regularly passing between us.” - A Bosom Friend

Georgia Tech
“Science! Curse thee, thou vain toy; and cursed be all the things that cast man’s eyes aloft to that heaven, whose live vividness but scorches him, as these old eyes are even now scorched with thy light, O sun!” - The Quadrant

“There is Napoleon; who, upon the top of the column of Vendome, stands with arms folded, some one hundred and fifty feet in the air; careless, now, who rules the decks below; whether Louis Philippe, Louis Blanc, or Louis the Devil.” - The Masthead

Miami (FL)
“Stand up amid the general hurricane, thy one tost sapling cannot, Starbuck!” - The Quarter-Deck

North Carolina
“But chancing to slip with his ivory heel, he saw the crushed copper sight-tubes of the quadrant he had the day before dashed to the deck.” - The Needle

North Carolina State
“...the chambers of my soul are all in crookedness!” - The Sermon

Notre Dame
“Glimpses do ye seem to see of that mortally intolerable truth.” - The Lee-Shore

“Such is the endlessness, yea, the intolerableness of all earthly effort.” - Wheelbarrow

“in this zoned quest, does Ahab touch no land?” - The Grand Armada

“I lay there dismally calculating that sixteen entire hours must elapse before I could hope for a resurrection.” - The Counterpane

Virginia Tech
“And thus the work proceeds; the two tackles hoisting and lowering simultaneously; both whale and windlass heaving, the heavers singing, the blubber-room gentlemen coiling, the mates scarfing, the ship straining, and all hands swearing occasionally, by way of assuaging the general friction.” - Cutting In

Wake Forest
“Is the Duke so very poor as to be forced to this desperate mode of getting a livelihood?”

”It is his.” - Heads or Tails


“Now small fowls flew screaming over the yet yawning gulf; a sullen white surf beat against its steep sides; then all collapsed, and the great shroud of the sea rolled on as it rolled five thousand years ago.” - The Chase (Third Day)

“Though universally denominated a dolphin, I nevertheless call this book-binder’s fish an attempt at a whale; because it was so intended when the device was first introduced.” - Of Monstrous Pictures of Whales

Kennesaw State
“all this to explain, would be to dive deeper than Ishmael can go...” - Moby Dick

“I’ll try a pagan friend, thought I, since Christian kindness has proved but hollow courtesy.” - A Bosom Friend

“Though thousands of miles from Oregon, still when he smells that savage musk, the rending, goring bison herds are as present as to the deserted wild foal of the prairies, which this instant they may be trampling into dust.” - The Whiteness of the Whale

“Few are the foreheads which like Shakespeare’s or Melancthon’s rise so high, and descend so low, that the eyes themselves seem clear, eternal, tideless mountain lakes; and all above them in the forehead’s wrinkles, you seem to track the antlered thoughts descending there to drink, as the Highland hunters track the snow prints of the deer.” The Praire

North Alabama
“Poor Alabama boy!” - Knights and Squires

North Florida
“Consider the subtleness of the sea; how its most dreaded creatures glide under water, unapparent for the most part” - Brit


Atlantic 10

“By midnight the works were in full operation.” - The Try-Works

“As a general thing, therefore, you must first get fast to a whale, before any pitchpoling comes into play.” - Pitchpoling

“What sort of a bamboozingly story is this you are telling me?” - The Spouter-Inn

“From beneath his slouched hat Ahab dropped a tear into the sea; nor did all the pacific contain such wealth as that one wee drop.” - The Symphony

George Mason
“The more I consider this mighty tail, the more do I deplore my inability to express it.” - The Tail

George Washington
“Queequeg was George Washington cannibalistically developed.” - A Bosom Friend

La Salle
“He was therefore forced to relinquish his plan.” - The Jeroboam’s Story

“‘Man the capstan! Blood and thunder! - jump!’ - was the next command, and the crew sprang for the handspikes.” - Merry Christmas

Rhode Island
“New Zealand Tom and Don Miguel, after at various times creating great havoc among the boats of different vessels, were finally gone in quest of, systematically hunted out, chased and killed by valiant whaling captains, who heaved up their anchors with that express object as much in view, as in setting out through the Narragansett Woods...” - The Affidavit

“for there is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men...” - The Grand Armada

St. Joseph’s
“I think I see his impious end; but feel that I must help him to it.” - Dusk

Saint Louis
“Swerve me? ye cannot swerve me, else ye swerve yourselves!” - Sunset

St. Bonaventure
“Get along with ye,” said she to the man, “or I’ll be combing ye!” - Chowder

“Upon this, and one or two other circumstances, Steelkilt systematically built the plan of his revenge.” - The Town-Ho’s Story

Big East

“No, sir; not yet,” said Stubb, emboldened, “I will not tamely be called a dog, sir.” - Enter Ahab, to Him, Stubb

“fixing your eyes solely on this, you would take the head for the trunk of some huge oak, with a bird’s nest in its crotch.” - The Right Whale’s Head - Contrasted View

“also, in some dim, unsuspected way, he might have seemed the gliding great demon of the seas of life...” - Moby Dick

“Surely all this is not without meaning.” - Loomings

“Ha! ha! ha! ha! hem! clear my throat!” - First Night Watch

“Therefore, I saw that here was a sort of interregnum in Providence; for its even- handed equity never could have sanctioned so gross an injustice. and yet still further pondering - while I jerked him now and then from between the whale and the ship...” - The Monkey Rope

St. John’s
“Why this strife of the chase? why weary, and palsy the arm at the oar, and the iron, and the lance? how the richer or better is Ahab now?” - The Symphony

Seton Hall
“And as for Pirates, when they chance to cross each other’s cross-bones, the first hail is - “How many skulls?” - the same way that whalers hail - “How many barrels?” And that question once answered, pirates straightway steer apart, for they are infernal villains on both sides, and don’t like to see overmuch of each other’s villanous likenesses.” - The Gam

“Never dream with thy hand on the helm! Turn not thy back to the compass” - The Try-Works

“The yet levelled musket shook like a drunkard’s arm against the panel” - The Musket

Big Sky

Eastern Washington
“An eagle flew thrice round Tarquin’s head, removing his cap to replace it, and thereupon Tanaquil, his wife, declared that Tarquin would be king of Rome.” - The Hat

“And I was not speaking or thinking of that at all. Begone! Let it leak! I’m all aleak myself. Aye! leaks in leaks!” - Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin

Idaho State
“there a sort of indefinite, half-attained, unimaginable sublimity about it that fairly froze you...” - The Spouter-Inn

“Saw a live tree, and you don’t get this dust; amputate a live bone, and you don’t get it (sneezes)” - Ahab and the Carpenter

Montana State
“Nimble as a cat, Tashtego mounts aloft; and without altering his erect posture, runs straight out upon the overhanging main-yard-arm, to the part where it exactly projects over the hoisted Tun.” - Cistern and Buckets

Northern Arizona
“Supper over, the company went back to the bar-room, when, knowing not what else to do with myself, I resolved to spend the rest of the evening as a looker on.” - The Spouter-Inn

Northern Colorado
“all at once a queer accident happened” - Cistern and Buckets

Portland State
“In old Norse times, the thrones of the sea-loving Danish kings were fabricated, saith tradition, of the tusks of the Narwhale.” - The Pipe

Sacramento State
“It does seem to me, that herein we see the rare virtue of a strong individual vitality, and the rare virtue of thick walls, and the rare virtue of interior spaciousness.” - The Blanket

Southern Utah
“No speedy enterprise. But now it’s done, it looks much like Pompey’s Pillar.” - Measurement of the Whale’s Skeleton

Weber State
“I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.” - Loomings

Big South

“So that for an hour or more, a thousand fathoms in the sea, he carries a surplus stock of vitality in him, just as the camel crossing the waterless desert carries a surplus supply of drink for future use in its four supplementary stomachs.” - The Fountain

Charleston Southern
“A pirate. Very savage.” - Cetology

“Gayer sallies, more merry mirth, better jokes, and brighter repartees, you never heard...” - The Line

“Hast not been a pirate, hast thou?” - The Ship

High Point
“He tasks me; he heaps me...” - The Quarter-Deck

“Aye, aye!” shouted the harpooneers and seamen, running closer to the excited old man: “A sharp eye for the White Whale; a sharp lance for Moby Dick!” - The Quarter-Deck

“I was a good Christian; born and bred in the bosom of the infallible Presbyterian Church.” - A Bosom Friend

“Queequeg figured in the Highland costume - a shirt and socks - in which to my eyes, at least, he appeared to uncommon advantage;” - The Monkey Rope

UNC Asheville
“I began to grow alarmed.” - The Ramadan

“But ploughed up to the primary rock of the matter, the two great principles laid down in the twin whaling laws previously quoted, and applied and elucidated by Lord Ellenborough in the above cited case;” - Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish

Big Ten

“But these extravaganzas only show that Nantucket is no Illinois.” - Nantucket

There’s your law of precedents; there’s your utility of traditions; there’s the story of your obstinate survival of old beliefs.” - The Funeral

“Yet habit—strange thing! what cannot habit accomplish?” - The LIne

“you persist in telling me the most mystifying and exasperating stories” - The Spouter-Inn

“Well, well, what’s signed, is signed; and what’s to be, will be; and then again, perhaps it won’t be, after all.” - The Prophet

Michigan State
“Thou art too damned jolly. Sail on.” - The Pequod Meets The Bachelor

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.” - First Night Watch

“courage was not a sentiment; but a thing simply useful” - Knights and Squires

“Now, I care not who maintains the contrary, but all this is both foolish and unnecessary.” - The Dart

Ohio State
“I look, you look, he looks; we look, ye look, they look.” - The Doubloon

Penn State
What is it, what nameless, inscrutable, unearthly thing is it...” - The Symphony

“In the forecastle, the sailors had actually caulked and pitched their chests, and filled them; it was humorously added, that the cook had clapped a head on his largest boiler, and filled it;” - The Pequod Meets The Bachelor

“How can’st thou endure without being mad?” - The Forge

“The quantity of beer, too, is very large, 10,800 barrels.” - The Decanter

Big 12

“so better is it to perish in that howling infinite, than be ingloriously dashed upon the lee” - The Lee-Shore

Iowa State
“For leagues and leagues it undulated round us, so that we seemed to be sailing through boundless fields of ripe and golden wheat.” – Brit

“Moby Dick seeks thee not. It is thou, thou, that madly seekest him!” – The Chase, Third Day

Kansas State
“I promise nothing complete; because any human thing supposed to be complete, must for that very reason infallibly be faulty.” - Cetology

“There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method.” - The Honour and Glory of Whaling

Oklahoma State
“cajoling me into the delusion that it was a choice resulting from my own unbiased freewill and discriminating judgment” - Loomings

“What to that apostolic lancer, Brother Jonathan, is Texas but a Fast-Fish?” - Fast Fish and Loose Fish

“At that time in the morning any Christian would have washed his face;” - The Counterpane

Texas Tech
“Nothing will content them but the extremest limit of the land...” Loomings

West Virginia
“Bear with me if I seem to press.” - The Town-Ho’s Story

Big West

Cal Poly
“But courage! there is good cheer in store for you...” - the Monkey Rope

Cal State Fullerton
“Outward portents and inward presentiments...” - Knights and Squires

Cal State Northridge
“Farewell and adieu to you, ladies of Spain!” - Midnight, Forecastle

“The uncounted isles of all Polynesia confess the same truth, and do commercial homage to the whale-ship, that cleared the way for the missionary and the merchant, and in many cases carried the primitive missionaries to their first destinations.”

Long Beach State
“these two mariners, darting their long whaling-spades, kept up an incessant murdering of the sharks” - The Shark Massacre

UC Davis
“Captain Davis, who lay with his head on a gun, was thrown out of his cabin!” - The Affidavit

UC Irvine
“Or, if you will, like so many ant-hills of powder, they all stand before me; and I their match.” - Sunset

UC Riverside
“Was there ever such unconsciousness?” - Wheelbarrow

UC Santa Barbara
“Next morning, Monday, after disposing of the embalmed head to a barber, for a block, I settled my own and comrade’s bill; using, however, my comrade’s money.” - Wheelbarrow


“Until the whale fishery rounded Cape Horn, no commerce but colonial, scarcely any intercourse but colonial, was carried on between Europe and the long line of the opulent Spanish provinces on the Pacific coast.” - The Advocate

“But ere this was done, Pip, who had been slily hovering near by all this while, drew nigh to him where he lay, and with soft sobbings, took him by the hand; in the other, holding his tambourine.” - Queequeg in His Coffin

“And now I’m ordered to make a life-buoy of it.” - The Life-Buoy

“Never mind him,” said I, “Queequeg, come on.” - Going Aboard

“Top-heavy was the ship as a dinnerless student with all Aristotle in his head.” - Queequeg in His Coffin

James Madison
“Where is the foundling’s father hidden?” - The Gilding

“full of barbaric spirit and suggestiveness, as the prints of that fine old Dutch savage, Albert Durer” – Of Whales in Paint; in Teeth; in Wood; in Sheet-Iron; in Stone; in Mountains; in Stars.

“Will I have eyes at the bottom of the sea, supposing I descend those endless stairs?” - The Chase, Third Day

“Why then do you try to “enlarge” your mind? Subtilize it.” - The Sperm Whale’s Head, Contrasted View

William and Mary

“Thus, some of the best and furthest-descended English words - the etymological Howards and Percys - are now democratised, nay, plebeianised - so to speak - in the New World.” - The Grand Armada


“His boat’s crew were all in high excitement, eagerly helping their chief, and looking as anxious as gold-hunters.” - The Pequod Meets the Rose-Bud

Florida Atlantic
“The white whale is their demigorgon.” - Dusk

Florida International
“Over unsounded gorges, through the rifled hearts of mountains, under torrents’ beds, unerringly I rush!” – Sunset

Louisiana Tech
“Madman! look through my eyes if thou hast none of thine own.”
”What! how can you see better of a dark night than anybody else, never mind how foolish?” – The Candles

Chapter 122 – Midnight Aloft – Thunder and Lightning, which has two lines
“The Main-top-sail yard. - Tashtego passing new lashings around it.

”Um, um, um. Stop that thunder! Plenty too much thunder up here. What’s the use of thunder? Um, um, um. We don’t want thunder; we want rum; give us a glass of rum. Um, um, um!”

Middle Tennessee
“What a noble thing is that canticle in the fish’s belly! How billow-like and boisterously grand!” - The Sermon

North Texas
“But what plays the mischief with this masterly code is the admirable brevity of it, which necessitates a vast volume of commentaries to expound it.” - Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish

Old Dominion
“Nevertheless the sun hides not Virginia’s Dismal Swamp, nor Rome’s accursed Campagna, nor wide Sahara, nor all the millions of miles of deserts and of griefs beneath the moon.” – The Try-Works

“Like desperadoes they tugged and they strained, till the welcome cry was heard.” - Stubb Kills a Whale

Southern Miss
Here be it said, that this pertinacious pursuit of one particular whale, continued through day into night, and through night into day, is a thing by no means unprecedented in the South sea fishery.” - The Chase, Second Day

“First he takes about a double handful of shavings out of his grego pocket, and places them carefully before the idol; then laying a bit of ship biscuit on top and applying the flame from the lamp, he kindled the shavings into a sacrificial blaze.” - The Spouter-Inn

“The subterranean miner that works in us all, how can one tell whither leads his shaft by the ever shifting, muffled sound of his pick?” - Moby-Dick

“No more my splintered heart and maddened hand were turned against the wolfish world.” - A Bosom Friend

Western Kentucky
“Oh, Time, Strength, Cash, and Patience!” - Cetology


Cleveland State University
“The javelins cease; open eyes; see, or not? There burn the flames!” - The Candles

Detroit Mercy
“The corpusants have mercy on us all,” cried Stubb, again.”

“You’ll do to give us the bare words and facts, but we come in to supply the thoughts.” - The Doubloon

“Nevertheless, he may be deemed a sort of involuntary whaleman; at any rate the whale caught him, if he did not the whale. I claim him for one of our clan.” - The Honor and Glory of Whaling

Northern Kentucky
“For though the harpooneers, with the great body of the crew, were a far more barbaric, heathenish, and motley set than any of the tame merchant-ship companies which my previous experiences had made me acquainted with, still I ascribed this - and rightly ascribed it - to the fierce uniqueness of the very nature of that wild Scandinavian vocation in which I had so abandonedly embarked” - Ahab

“The sea was as a crucible of molten gold, that bubblingly leaps with light and heat.” - The Needle

“He makes a fierce red flame there!”

UW Green Bay
“Towards the stern of the boat it is spirally coiled away in the tub, not like the worm-pipe of a still though, but so as to form one round, cheese-shaped mass of densely bedded “sheaves,” or layers of concentric spiralizations, without any hollow but the “heart,” or minute vertical tube formed at the axis of the cheese.” - The Line

Wright State
“I was crowded for space, and wished the other parts of my body to remain a blank page for a poem I was then composing.” - A Bower in the Arsacides

Youngstown State
“They have left their opera-glasses at home.” - The Mast-Head


Harvard and Yale
“I prospectively ascribe all the honour and the glory to whaling; for a whale-ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.” - The Advocate

“Book! You lie there; the fact is, you books must know your places.” - The Doubloon

“Likewise, I have heard that in the museum of Manchester, in New Hampshire, they have what the proprietors call “the only perfect specimen of a Greenland or River Whale in the United States.” - A Bower in the Arsacides

“They have provided a system which for terse comprehensiveness surpasses Justinian’s Pandects and the By-laws of the Chinese Society for the Suppression of Meddling with other People’s Business.” - Fast Fish and Loose Fish’’

“...he thereby may be said to transform himself from a bluff-bowed sluggish galliot into a sharp-pointed New York pilot-boat.” - Stubb Kills a Whale

“...would have thought we were offering up ten thousand red oxen to the sea gods.” - Cutting In

University of Pennsylvania
“They are fighting Quakers; they are Quakers with a vengeance.” - The Ship


“Let not the modern paintings of this scene mislead us; for though the creature encountered by that valiant whaleman of old is vaguely represented of a griffin-like shape” - The Honor and Glory of Whaling

“Instantly the yards were squared, to the lively song of “Ho! the fair wind! oh-he-yo, cheerly, men!” the crew singing for joy, that so promising an event should so soon have falsified the evil portents preceding it.” - The Mukset

“There is nothing surprising in this.” - Loomings

“It was not more than a day or two at the furthest after pointing her prow for her island haven, that the Town-Ho’s leak seemed again increasing, but only so as to require an hour or more at the pumps every day.” - The Town-Ho’s Story

“What doom was his own father’s?” - Knights and Squires

Ho! again! - drive off that hawk! see! he pecks - he tears the vane” - The Chase, Third Day

“Were Niagara but a cataract of sand, would you travel your thousand miles to see it?” - Loomings

“Such is the endlessness, yea, the intolerableness of all earthly effort.” - The Wheelbarrow

“The bearer looked nobler than the rider.” - The First Lowering

Saint Peter’s
“Of erections, how few are domed like St. Peter’s!” - The Blanket

“I abandon the glory and distinction of such offices to those who like them.” - Loomings


“I. A Fast-Fish belongs to the party fast to it.”

Ball State
“This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.” - Loomings

Bowling Green
“But look, Queequeg, ain’t that a live eel in your bowl? Where’s your harpoon?” - Chowder

“...had it not been for the brutal overbearing of Radney, the mate, a Vineyarder, and the bitterly provoked vengeance of Steelkilt, a Lakeman and desperado from Buffalo

‘Lakeman! - Buffalo! Pray, what is a Lakeman, and where is Buffalo?’ said Don Sebastian, rising in his swinging mat of grass.

‘On the eastern shore of our Lake Erie, Don; but - I crave your courtesy - may be, you shall soon hear further of all that.’” - The Town Ho’s Story

Central Michigan
“For in their interflowing aggregate, those grand fresh-water seas of ours - Erie, and Ontario, and Huron, and Superior, and Michigan, - possess an ocean-like expansiveness,” - The Town Ho’s Story

Eastern Michigan
“They contain round archipelagoes of romantic isles, even as the Polynesian waters do; in large part, are shored by two great contrasting nations, as the Atlantic is; they furnish long maritime approaches to our numerous territorial colonies from the East, dotted all round their banks; here and there are frowned upon by batteries, and by the goat-like craggy guns of lofty Mackinaw;”

Kent State
“The lightning flashes through my skull; mine eye-balls ache and ache; my whole beaten brain seems as beheaded, and rolling on some stunning ground.” - The Blindfold

Miami (OH)
“But it so happened just then, that it was high time for the Captain to mind his own eye.” - The Wheelbarrow

Northern Illinois
“But perhaps the mere crossing of Siberia in a sledge drawn by dogs as Ledyard did...” - Breakfast

“Whether marching amid his aides and marshals in the van of countless cohorts that endlessly streamed it over the plains, like an Ohio; or whether with his circumambient subjects browsing all around at the horizon, the White Steed gallopingly reviewed them with warm nostrils reddening through his cool milkiness...” - The Whitness of the Whale

Stand clear of the tackle!” cried a voice like the bursting of a rocket.” - Cistern and Buckets

Western Michigan
“By heaven, man, we are turned round and round in this world, like yonder windlass, and Fate is the handspike.” - The Symphony


“if you have anything important to tell us, out with it; but if you are only trying to bamboozle us, you are mistaken in your game...” - The Prophet

Coppin State
“gripe your oars, and clutch your souls, now!” - The Grand Armada

Delaware State
“Ginger-jub! you gingerly rascal!” - The Monkey-Rope

Florida A&M
“Rattle thy teeth, then, and pound away; make a pagoda of thyself.” - Midnight, Forecastle

“But those wild eyes met his, as the bloodshot eyes of the prairie wolves meet the eye of their leader, ere he rushes on at their head in the trail of the bison; but, alas!” - The Quarter-Deck

Maryland Eastern Shore
“And so Starbuck found Ahab with a general chart of the oriental archipelagoes spread before him; and another separate one representing the long eastern coasts of the Japanese islands - Niphon, Matsmai, and Sikoke.” - Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin

Morgan State
“There is more sand there than you would use in twenty years as a substitute for blotting paper.” - Nantucket

Norfolk State
“Are you not the precious image of each and all of us men in this whaling world?” - The Monkey-Rope

North Carolina A&T
“But granting all this; yet, regarded discreetly and coolly, seems it not but a mad idea, this; that in the broad boundless ocean, one solitary whale, even if encountered, should be thought capable of individual recognition from his hunter...” - The Chart

North Carolina Central
“Physiognomically regarded, the Sperm Whale is an anomalous creature. He has no proper nose.” - The Praire

Savannah State (RIP)
“What is a Fast- Fish? Alive or dead a fish is technically fast” - Fast Fish and Loose Fish

South Carolina State
“a hundred other shadowy things” - The Prophet

Missouri Valley

“But all we said, not a word could we drag out of him; I almost felt like pushing him over, so as to change his position, for it was almost intolerable, it seemed so painfully and unnaturally constrained...” - The Ramadan

“Sperm, sperm’s the play! This at least is duty; duty and profit hand in hand.” - The First Lowering

“The harpoon was hurled.” - Stubb Kills a Whale

Illinois State
“ponderous things” - Cutting In

Indiana State
“come along that way, and to my breezelessness bring his breeze” - The Sphynx

Loyola Chicago
“Or, to the unread, unsophisticated Protestant of the Middle American States, why does the passing mention of a White Friar or a White Nun, evoke such an eyeless statue in the soul?” - The Whiteness of the Whale

Missouri State
“He lived in the world, as the last of the Grisly Bears lived in settled Missouri.” - The Cabin-Table

Northern Iowa
“But at that moment he is sprung upon by a panther billow leaping over the bulwarks.” - The Sermon

Southern Illinois
“But what plays the mischief with this masterly code is the admirable brevity of it, which necessitates a vast volume of commentaries.” Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish

“Now those noble golden coins of South America are as medals of the sun and tropic token-pieces.” - The Doubloon

Mountain West

Air Force
“Can’t see the spout now, Sir; - too dark” - cried a voice from the air.” - The Chase, First Day

Boise State
“But still you see his power in his play.” - The Tail

Colorado State
“Think, think of thy whale-boat, stoven and sunk! Beware of the horrible tail!” - The Jeroboam’s Story

Fresno State
“does the ocean furnish any fish that in disposition answers to the sagacious kindness of the dog?” - Brit

“for one of them may have received a transfer of letters from some third, and now far remote vessel; and some of those letters may be for the people of the ship she now meets.” - The Gam

New Mexico
All professions have their own little peculiarities of detail; so has the whale fishery.” - The Game

San Diego State
“What was America in 1492 but a loose-fish, in which Columbus struck the Spanish standard by way of waifing it for his royal master and mistress?” - Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish

San Jose State
“My original opinion remains unchanged; but it is only an opinion.” - The Blanket

“For by how much the more pains ye take to please the world, by so much the more shall ye for ever go thankless!” - It’s is one of the Extracts. This book is confusing

Utah State
“Like most sea-terms, this one is very happy and significant.” - The Blanket

“I saw Hosea’s brindled cow feeding on fish remnants” - Chowder


“Hereby the casks are sought to be kept damply tight; while by the changed character of the withdrawn water, the mariners readily detect any serious leakage in the precious cargo.” - Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin

Central Connecticut
“But let us to the story.” - The Castaway

Fairleigh Dickinson
“Tish! the bucket!” - Hark!

Long Island University
“They called him King-Post on board of the Pequod; because, in form, he could be well likened to the short, square timber known by that name in Arctic whalers...” - Knights and Squires

“I did but half fancy being committed this way to so long a voyage....” - All Astir

Mount St. Mary’s
“Tis my Mary, my Mary herself!” - The Symphony

Robert Morris
“The whale-ship is the true mother of that now mighty colony.” - The Advocate

Sacred Heart
“Nothing was done, and nothing seemed capable of being done...” - Wheelbarrow

St. Francis Brooklyn
“There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness.” - The Try-Works

St. Francis (PA)
“In heaven’s name, man,” cried Stubb, “are you ramming home a cartridge there? - Avast! How will that help him; jamming that iron-bound bucket on top of his head?” - Cistern and Buckets

“A soul’s a sort of a fifth wheel to a wagon.” - The Prophet


Austin Peay
“God keep thee! Push not off from that isle, thou canst never return!” - Brit

“This is what an old fellow gets now for working in dead lumber.” - Ahab and the Carpenter

Eastern Illinois
“a hundred other shadowy things” - The Prophet

Eastern Kentucky
“with a lantern we might descend into the great Kentucky Mammoth Cave of his stomach” - The Sperm Whale’s Head—Contrasted View

Jacksonville State
“The centre and circumference of all democracy! His omnipresence, our divine equality!” - Knights and Squires

Morehead State
“the great flood-gates of the wonder-world swung open...” - Loomings

Murray State
“Pity if there is nothing wonderful in signs, and significant in wonders!” - The Doubloon

Southeast Missouri State
“my own individuality was now merged in a joint stock company of two...” - The Monkey-Rope

SIU Edwardsville
“I cannot bawl very heartily and work very recklessly at one and the same time.” - The Dart

“Black Letter tells me that Sir Martin Frobisher on his return from that voyage, when Queen Bess did gallantly wave her jewelled hand to him from a window of Greenwich Palace, as his bold ship sailed down the Thames; when Sir Martin returned from that voyage, saith Black Letter, on bended knees he presented to her highness a prodigious long horn of the Narwhale, which for a long period after hung in the castle at Windsor.” - Cetology

Tennessee State
“So down we went into the cabin, and to my great joy Queequeg was soon enrolled among the same ship’s company to which I myself belonged.” - His Mark

Tennessee Tech
“And damn me, Ahab, but thou actest right; live in the game, and die it!” - The Quadrant


“There is all the difference in the world between paying and being paid.” - Loomings

Arizona State
“To-morrow, in the natural sun, the skies will be bright; those who glared like devils in the forking flames, the morn will show in far other, at least gentler, relief; the glorious, golden, glad sun, the only true lamp - all others but liars!” - The Try-Works

California (the Berkeley one, obviously)
“Finally: It was stated at the outset, that this system would not be here, and at once, perfected. You cannot but plainly see that I have kept my word.” - Cetology

the desolate shiftings of the windrowed snows of prairies; all these, to Ishmael, are as the shaking of that buffalo robe to the frightened colt!” - The Whiteness of the Whale

“Duck him again; and keep ducking him.” - Stubb and Flash Kill a Right Whale; And Then Have Over Him

Oregon State
“I must mount a swallow-tail, and drive down a beaver; so.” - Midnight - The Forecastle Bulwarks

“Does not this whole head seem to speak of an enormous practical resolution in facing death?” - The Right Whale’s Head

“Oh, hard! that to fire others, the match itself must needs be wasting!” - The Sunset

“I’ve known some ships made of dead trees outlast the lives of men made of the most vital stuff of vital fathers.” - The Chase, Third Day

“The intense Pequod sailed on; the rolling waves and days went by; the life-buoy-coffin still lightly swung; and another ship, most miserably misnamed the Delight, was descried.” - The Pequod Meets the Delight

“The unmanufactured sperm oil possesses a singularly cleansing virtue.” - Stowing Down and Clearing Up

Washington State
“There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody’s expense but his own.” - The Hyena


“Besides her hoisted boats, an American whaler is outwardly distinguished by her try-works.” - The Try-Works

“Herein it is the same with the American whale fishery as with the American army and military...” - Knights and Squires

Boston University
“And some certain significance lurks in all things, else all things are little worth, and the round world itself but an empty cipher, except to sell by the cartload, as they do hills about Boston, to fill up some morass in the Milky Way.” - The Doubloon

“What’s the matter with you, young man?” - The Ramadan

“But was there no other way for the whale to land the prophet within that short distance of Nineveh? Yes.” - Jonah Historically Regarded

Holy Cross
“that pieces of wood in Nantucket are carried about like bits of the true cross in Rome” - Nantucket

“Why did Britain between the years 1750 and 1788 pay to her whalemen in bounties upwards of lb. 1,000,000?” - The Advocate

“‘There go flukes!’ was now the cry from Tashtego; and the whales disappeared.” - The Mat-Maker

Loyola Maryland
“And if the devil has a latch-key to get into the admiral’s cabin, don’t you suppose he can crawl into a port-hole?” - Stubb and Flash Kill a Right Whale; And Then Have Over Him

“Mean or not mean, here we are at the ship.” - Stubb and Flash Kill a Right Whale; And Then Have Over Him


“But by far the most wonderful of all cetacean relics was the almost complete vast skeleton of an extinct monster, found in the year 1842, on the plantation of Judge Creagh, in Alabama.” - The Fossil Whale

“It’s a partnership; he supplies the muscle part. He makes a fierce red flame there!” - Ahab and the Carpenter

“The Alabama doctors declared it a huge reptile, and bestowed upon it the name of Basilosaurus.” - The Fossil Whale

“Like a mob of young collegians, they are full of fight, fun, and wickedness, tumbling round the world at such a reckless, rollicking rate, that no prudent underwriter would insure them any more than he would a riotous lad at Yale or Harvard.” - Schools and Schoolmasters

“Steering as she had done, the wind had been somewhat on the Pequod’s quarter, so that now being pointed in the reverse direction, the braced ship sailed hard upon the breeze as she rechurned the cream in her own white wake.” - The Chase, Third Day

“That particular set time and place were conjoined in the one technical phrase - the Season-on-the-Line.” - The Chart

“Go visit the Prairies in June when for scores on scores of miles you wade knee-deep among Tiger- lilies - what is the one charm wanting?” - Loomings

Ole Miss
“like five trip-hammers they rose and fell with regular strokes of strength, which periodically started the boat along the water like a horizontal burst boiler out of a Mississippi steamer.” - The First Lowering

Mississippi State
“then scepticism, then disbelief, resting at last in manhood’s pondering repose of If” - The Gilder

“But what it was that inscrutable Ahab said to that tiger- yellow crew of his - these were words best omitted here; for you live under the blessed light of the evangelical land.” - The First Lowering

South Carolina
“he eludes both hunters and philosophers” - Cetology

“Admiral Nelson/Schofield, also, on a capstan of gun-metal, stands his mast-head in Trafalgar Square; and ever when most obscured by that London smoke, token is yet given that a hidden hero is there; for where there is smoke, must be fire.” - The Mast-Head

Texas A&M
“Great pains, small gains for those who ask the world to solve them; it cannot solve itself.” - The Doubloon

“‘Out of the way, Commodore!’ cried one, to a great dromedary that of a sudden rose bodily to the surface, and for an instant threatened to swamp us.” - The Grand Armada


“their wondrous voracity can be at times considerably diminished, by vigorously stirring them up” - The Shark Massacre

The Citadel
The brain is at least twenty feet from his apparent forehead in life; it is hidden away behind its vast outworks, like the innermost citadel within the amplified fortifications of Quebec.” - The Nut

East Tennessee State
“What he thought of death itself, there is no telling.” - Knights and Squires

“none but cowards send down their brain-trucks in tempest time” - The Deck Towards the ENd of the First Night Watch

“The next moment, relieved in a great part from the downward strain at the bows, the boats gave a sudden bounce upwards, as a small ice-field will, when a dense herd of white bears are scared from it into the sea.” - The Pequod Meets the Virgin

“it is but the first salutation to the possibilities of the immense Remote, the Wild, the Watery, the Unshored” - The Blacksmith

UNC Greensboro
“in the tail the confluent measureless force of the whole whale seems concentrated to a point” - The Tail

“Here be it known, that though these wild fishermen do not, as a general thing, and according to the great military maxim, make the enemy defray the current expenses of the war (at least before realizing the proceeds of the voyage)” - Stubb’s Supper

Western Carolina
“It’s only his outside; a man can be honest in any sort of skin.” - The Spouter-Inn

“all that we call lives and souls, lie dreaming, dreaming, still...” - The Pacific


Abilene Christian
“But could it be possible that any sober harpooneer would get into a door mat, and parade the streets of any Christian town in that sort of guise?” - The Spouter-Inn

Central Arkansas
“something that regularly begins at the beginning, and is at the middle when midway, and comes to an end at the conclusion” - The Life Buoy

Houston Baptist
But the suddenly started Pequod was not quick enough to escape the sound of the splash that the corpse soon made as it struck the sea; not so quick, indeed, but that some of the flying bubbles might have sprinkled her hull with their ghostly baptism.” - The Pequod Meets the Deligh

Incarnate Word
“He saw God’s foot upon the treadle of the loom, and spoke it; and therefore his shipmates called him mad.” - The Castaway

McNeese State
“They know not the thing you distantly allude to.” - Stowing Down and Clearing up

New Orleans
“‘Tis July’s immortal Fourth; all fountains must run wine to-day! Would now, it were old Orleans whiskey, or old Ohio, or unspeakable old Monongahela!’” - Pitchpoling

Nicholls State
“With slouched hat, Ahab lurchingly paced the planks.” - The Pipe

Northwestern State
“By heaven this dead wood has the better of my live flesh every way” - The Chase, Third Day

What a leg this is! It looks like a real live leg, filed down to nothing but the core; he’ll be standing on this to-morrow;” Ahab and the Carpenter

Sam Houston State
“every gasping heave of the windlass is answered by a helping heave from the billows” - Cutting In

Southeastern Louisiana
“Man the capstan! Blood and thunder!” - Merry Christmas

Stephen F. Austin
“Saw a live tree, and you don’t get this dust; amputate a live bone, and you don’t get it (sneezes).” - Ahab and the Carpenter

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
“So man’s seconds tick! Oh! how immaterial are all materials!” - The Deck


Alabama A&M
“...account for those repeated whaling disasters...” - The Line

Alabama State
“ this Moby Dick?” - The Squid

Alcorn State
“Attend now, my braves. I have mustered ye all round this capstan; and ye mates, flank me with your lances; and ye harpooneers, stand there with your irons; and ye, stout mariners, ring me in, that I may in some sort revive a noble custom of my fisherman fathers before me.” - The Quarter-Deck”

Arkansas Pine Bluff
“Its panelled front was in the likeness of a ship’s bluff bows, and the Holy Bible rested on the projecting piece of scroll work, fashioned after a ship’s fiddle-headed beak.” - The Pulpit

Grambling State
“But his wild screams were answered by others quite as wild. “Kee-hee! Kee-hee!” yelled Daggoo, straining forwards and backwards on his seat, like a pacing tiger in his cage.” - Stubb Kills a Whale

Jackson State
Thou who didst pick up Andrew Jackson from the pebbles; who didst hurl him upon a war- horse; who didst thunder him higher than a throne! - Knights and Squires

Mississippi Valley State
“.Pull, then, do pull; never mind the brimstone - devils are good fellows enough.” - The First Lowering

Prairie View A&M
“But that night, in particular, a strange (and ever since inexplicable) thing occurred to me.” - The Try-Works

“I have never seen him except in the remoter southern seas” - Cetology

Texas Southern
“But if we Southern whale-fishers are not so snugly housed aloft as Captain Sleet and his Greenland-men were; yet that disadvantage is greatly counterbalanced by the widely contrasting serenity of those seductive seas in which we South fishers mostly float.” - The Mast-Head


University of Denver
“Therefore, though I am but ill qualified for a pioneer, in the application of these two semi-sciences to the whale, I will do my endeavor.” - The Praire

North Dakota
“All silence of cautiousness was therefore no longer of use.” - Stubb Kills a Whale

North Dakota State
“Now then, thought I, unconsciously rolling up the sleeves of my frock, here goes a cool, collected dive at death and destruction, and the devil fetch the hindmost.” - The Hyena

University of Nebraska Omaha
“But we are all in the hands of the Gods...” - The Castaway

Oral Roberts
“Who but him indeed?” - Going Aboard

Fort Wayne
“...and thus stabs us from behind with the thought of annihilation...” - The Whiteness of the Whale

South Dakota
“Ecclesiastes is the fine hammered steel of woe. ‘All is vanity.’ ALL.” - The Try-Works

South Dakota State
“‘Doesn’t the devil live for ever; who ever heard that the devil was dead?’” - Stubb and Flash Kill a Right Whale; And Then Have Over Him

Western Illinois
“I doubt not the captain had this veracious picture taken for the benefit of his marines.” - Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales

Sun Belt

Appalachian State
“And even if he for ever flies within the gorge, that gorge is in the mountains; so that even in his lowest swoop the mountain eagle is still higher than other birds upon the plain, even though they soar.” - The Try-Works

Arkansas State
“gripe your oars, and clutch your souls, now!” - The Grand Armada

Coastal Carolina
“I tell you, the sperm whale will stand no nonsense.” - The Affidavit

Georgia Southern
“these marvels (like all marvels) are mere repetitions of the ages” - The Affidavit

Georgia State
“sharks do most socially congregate, and most hilariously feast” - Stubb’s Supper

Arkansas Little Rock
“Are you not the precious image of each and all of us men in this whaling world?” - The Monkey-Rope

Louisiana Lafayette
“Now, gentlemen, sweeping a ship’s deck at sea is a piece of household work which in all times but raging gales is regularly attended to every evening” - The Town-Ho’s Story

Louisiana Monroe
with my own hand I ply my own shuttle and weave my own destiny into these unalterable threads” - The Mat-Maker

South Alabama
“But will any whaleman believe these stories? No.” - Does the Whale’s Magnitude Diminish - Will He Perish?

“Roll on, thou deep and dark blue ocean, roll! Ten thousand blubber-hunters sweep over thee in vain.” - The Mast-Head

Texas State
“At last it was given out that some time next day the ship would certainly sail.” - All Astir

“With the same marvellous patience, and with the same single shark’s tooth, of his one poor jack-knife, he will carve you a bit of bone sculpture, not quite as workmanlike, but as close packed in its maziness of design, as the Greek savage, Achilles’s shield; and full of barbaric spirit and suggestiveness, as the prints of that fine old Dutch savage, Albert Durer.” - OF WHALES IN PAINT; IN TEETH; IN WOOD; IN SHEET; IN STONE; IN MOUNTAINS; IN STARS


“and being a president of a temperance society, he only drinks the tepid tears of orphans” - The Carpet-Bag

“Believe it or not, thou canst not die till it be seen, old man.” - The Whale Watch

Loyola Marymount
“Yet this is nothing; I leave eternity to Thee; for what is man that he should live out the lifetime of his God?” - The Sermon

University of the Pacific
“But sometimes, especially upon the Line in the Pacific, this plan will not answer at all;” - The Shark Massacre

“Nothing was said for some moments, while a succession of riotous waves rolled by, which by one of those occasional caprices of the seas were tumbling, not heaving it.” - The Jeroboam’s Story

“Top-heavy was the ship as a dinnerless student with all Aristotle in his head.” - Queequeg in His Coffin

Saint Mary’s
“It enjoins him to be careful, and cut his work into as thin slices as possible...” - The Cassock

San Diego
“and in the Greek mythologies, Great Jove himself made incarnate in a snow-white bull” - The Whiteness of the Whale

San Francisco
“Nay, Dons, Dons - nay, nay! I cannot rehearse that now. Let me get more into the air, Sirs.” - The Town-Ho’s Story

Santa Clara
“...the spermaceti itself, how bland and creamy that is...” - The Whale as a Dish


California Baptist
“But not yet have we solved the incantation of this whiteness, and learned why it appeals with such power to the soul; and more strange and far more portentous - why, as we have seen, it is at once the most meaning symbol of spiritual things, nay, the very veil of the Christian’s Deity; and yet should be as it is, the intensifying agent in things the most appalling to mankind.” - The Whiteness of the Whale

Cal State Bakersfield
“What was America in 1492 but a Loose-Fish...” - Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish

Chicago State
“The urbane activity with which a man receives money is really marvellous, considering that we so earnestly believe money to be the root of all earthly ills, and that on no account can a monied man enter heaven. Ah! how cheerfully we consign ourselves to perdition! - Loomings

Grand Canyon
“It’s a mutual, joint-stock world, in all meridians.” - Wheelbarrow

“Moreover, in the infancy of the first Australian settlement, the emigrants were several times saved from starvation by the benevolent biscuit of the whale-ship luckily dropping an anchor in their waters.” - The Advocate

New Mexico State
“Thou who, in all Thy mighty, earthly marchings, ever cullest Thy selectest champions from the kingly commons; bear me out in it, O God!” - Knights and Squires

“This ended, in prolonged solemn tones, like the continual tolling of a bell in a ship that is foundering at sea in a fog...” - The Sermon

Utah Valley
“Paddles were dropped, and oars came loudly into play.” - Stubb Kills a Whale

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Damn me, but all things are queer, come to think of ‘em.” - Enter Ahab; To Him, Stubb