Learning from Literature

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Moby Dick

One thing my friends and family know about me is that I’m not just a Faith Nerd, but I’m a literature nerd too. So I absolutely love it when the two passions meet, as they do in the following quote from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick:

Yes, there is death in this business of whaling- a speechlessly quick chaotic bundling of a man into Eternity. But what then? Methinks we have hugely mistaken this matter of Life and Death. Methinks that what they call my shadow here on earth is my true substance. Methinks that in looking at things spiritual, we are too much like oysters observing the sun through the water, and thinking that thick water the thinnest of air. Methinks my body is but the lees of my better being. In fact take my body who will, take it I say, it is not me.

What book quotes get you thinking about your spiritual life?

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