Melville on Idleness

To insure the greatest efficiency in the dart, the harpooneers of this world must start to their feet from out of idleness, and not from out of toil.
     -Melville, Herman. “Moby Dick, or, The Whale.”
…quote supplied by my uncle David, a ceramicist in California: “A point of Melville’s with which I do not entirely agree, but then, he wrote Moby Dick, not I.”

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