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    To make men do what you want, or to keep them quiet, you have to whet their desires, fascinate or terrorize them.—Paul Valéry, Analects

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    Direst of threats are the most imprecise, those that open portals on the world of the secure.—Paul Valéry, Analects

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    This class of threat "gets at" the very lowest level of consciousness . . .

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    . . , and seems hardly even to begin at the furthest limits of the sentient mind.—Paul Valéry, Analects

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    Come along, Queequeg, let's leave this crazy man.—Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

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    They regarded it, not as the foreshadowing of an evil in the future, but as the fulfillment of an evil already presaged.—Melville, Moby-Dick

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    How was it that they so aboundingly responded to the old man's ire—by what evil magic their souls were possessed?—Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

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    Shall we be dragged by him to the bottom of the sea? Shall we be towed by him to the infernal world?—Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

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    He drilled deep down, and blasted all my reason out of me! I think I see his impious end; but feel that I must help him to it.—Melville, M-D

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    But oh! shipmates! on the starboard hand of every woe is a sure delight.—Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

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    And higher the top of that delight than the woe is deep.—Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

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    Ahab never thinks; he only feels, feels, feels, -that's- tingling enough for mortal man! to think's audacity.—Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

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    Thinking is, or ought to be, a coolness and a calmness; and our poor hearts throb, and our poor brains beat too much for that.—Melville

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    165 years old, and Moby-Dick still can take the pulse of America's dark side like nothing else out there.

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    Nobody, but nobody, subtweets like Herman Melville, my friend.

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