Famous Quotes from Moby Dick

Today’s quote shares the dubious distinction of being the shortest quote found in the Bible or Not mobile app game – only one other quote is three words long. And in case you’re wondering, the longest quote  in the game is 51 words. The quote “Call me Ishmael” also has the distinction of being the opening line in the famous Herman Melville novel, Moby Dick.

“Call me Ishmael.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick, 1851

Today is the 161st anniversary of the publishing of Moby Dick, also know as The Whale, by native New Yorker Herman Melville. Published on October 18, 1851, Moby Dick has become a classic in American literature. Given that Melville used Biblical names for the main character, Ishmael, and for the novel’s antagonist, Ahab, quotes from Moby Dick are well-suited to be in Bible or Not. Here are some famous quotes from the novel, some of which you’ll find in the Bible or Not game and app:

Famous Quotes From Moby Dick

“To the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.” – Moby Dick Quotes

“When that wicked king was slain, the dogs, did they not lick his blood?” – Quotes from Moby Dick

“Call me Ishmael.” – Quotes from Moby Dick

“Man and wife, they say, there open the very bottom of their souls to each other; and some old couples often lie and chat over old times till nearly morning.” – Quotes from Moby Dick

“He piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down.” – Quotes from Moby Dick

“There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness.” – Quotes from Moby Dick

The “to the last I grapple with thee” quote was also made famous in the 1982 Star Trek movie plus it’s been used in other movies over the years (check IMDB).

Oh, and just in case you were wondering, the other 3-word quote in Bible or Not is from Ronald Reagan: “Trust, but verify”. And the longest quote in Bible or Not is from Isaiah 55:10-11: “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth”.

Anyway, happy anniversary to Moby Dick!

Moby Dick general info.
Moby Dick the book.
Moby Dick the classic 1956 movie.
Moby Dick the TV mini-series.


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