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Captain Ahab: I'd strike the sun if it insulted me!

Captain Ahab: And may God hunt us all if we do not hunt Moby
Dick to the death!

Captain Ahab: He took my leg. I don't intend to give him my ass.

Dr. Michelle Herman: You give this whale too much credit.
Captain Ahab: Oh he's not a whale, he's the devil himself!

Captain Ahab: Have you forgotten what it was like to sit out there
on that sea ice and watch your arm go gangrenous while we were
waiting to be rescued?
Capt. John 'Boomer' Enderby: I haven't forgotten.
Captain Ahab: The months of surgery, the years of rehabilitation.
Wondering why this happened to you. Asking yourself what kind
of a God could allow such a thing? And then coming to the
conclusion that he was either malicious or indifferent. And then
realizing... you dont know which is worse. Such a thing cannot be
allowed to live.
Capt. John 'Boomer' Enderby: I think Moby Dick took more from
you than from me. Killing him won't bring back my arm and it
won't bring back your leg. It won't bring any of it back. But
whether you succeed or fail, how many people need to die?
Captain Ahab: All of them. This whole act has been decreed. It
was rehearsed by us a billion years before the oceans even rolled.
Nothing I can do about it. I am the fates, Lieutenant, and I act
under orders.

Captain Ahab: He tasks me! That whale, he tasks me!

Starbuck, first mate: To be enraged with a dumb brute that acted


out of blind instinct is blasphemous.
Captain Ahab: Speak not to me of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the
sun if it insulted me. Look ye, Starbuck, all visible objects are but
as pasteboard masks. Some inscrutable yet reasoning thing puts
forth the molding of their features. The white whale tasks me; he
heaps me. Yet he is but a mask. 'Tis the thing behind the mask I
chiefly hate; the malignant thing that has plagued mankind since
time began; the thing that maws and mutilates our race, not
killing us outright but letting us live on, with half a heart and half
a lung.

Starbuck, first mate: It's late; you should turn in.


Captain Ahab: Sleep? That bed is a coffin, and those are winding
sheets. I do not sleep, I die.

Captain Ahab: From hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I
spit my last breath at thee. Ye damned whale.

Captain Ahab: Captain Gardner, I seek the white whale, your own
son's murderer. I am losing time... Goodbye, and fare thee well, I
say. God help you, Captain Gardiner.
Captain Gardiner: God forgive you, Captain Ahab.

Captain Ahab: I'll follow him around the Horn, and around the
Norway maelstrom, and around perdition's flames before I give
him up.

Captain Ahab: Blacksmith, I set ye a task. Take these harpoons


and lances. Melt them down. Forge me new weapons that will
strike deep and hold fast. But do not douse them in water; they
must have a proper baptism. What say ye, all ye men? Will you
give as much blood as shall be needed to temper the steel?

Captain Ahab: I don't give reasons. I give orders!

Captain Ahab: I am the Fates' lieutenant. I act under orders.