the rare virtue of interior spaciousness

‘It does seem to me, that herein we see the rare virtue of a strong individual vitality, and the rare virtue of thick walls, and the rare virtue of interior spaciousness. Oh, man! admire and model thyself after the whale! Do thou, too, remain warm among ice. Do thou, too, live in this world without being of it. Be cool at the equator; keep thy blood fluid at the Pole. Like the great dome of St. Peter’s, and like the great whale, retain, O man! in all seasons a temperature of thine own.

‘But how easy and how hopeless to teach these fine things! Of erections, how few are domed like St. Peter’s! of creatures, how few are vast as the whale!’

-Herman Melville, Moby Dick

(I made this into a bookmark, if you’d like one, too {<–being a link to a special bookmark file}. It’s about 7×3 inches cut out: I printed on cardstock with my printer set to high resolution paper. The image above links to the bigger file without the whole quote, if you prefer a screensaver. This is really not pride about my whale, who turned out a little odd, I think: just my assumption that everyone else loves Moby Dick, too.)

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