(?)
Quotes are added by the Goodreads community and are not verified by Goodreads. (Learn more)
Herman Melville

“It is well known that at the coronation of kings and queens, even modern ones, a certain curious process of seasoning them for their functions is gone through. There is a saltcellar of state, so called, and there may be a caster of state. How they use the salt, precisely--who knows? Certain I am, however, that a king's head is solemnly oiled at his coronation, even as a head of salad. Can it be, though, that they anoint it with a view of making its interior run well, as they anoint machinery? Much might be ruminated here, concerning the essential dignity of this regal process, because in common life we esteem but meanly and contemptibly a fellow who anoints his hair, and palpably smells of that anointing. In truth, a mature man who uses hair-oil, unless medicinally, that man has probably got a quoggy spot in him somewhere. As a general rule, he can't amount to much in his totality.”


Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Read more quotes from Herman Melville


Share this quote:
Share on Twitter

Friends Who Liked This Quote


To see what your friends thought of this quote, please sign up!

2 likes
All Members Who Liked This Quote

None yet!


This Quote Is From

Moby Dick Moby Dick by Herman Melville
516,557 ratings, average rating, 18,786 reviews

Browse By Tag