Ishmael Quotes

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Ishmael Beah
“In the sky there are always answers and explanations for everything: every pain, every suffering, joy and confusion.”
Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Daniel Quinn
“five severed fingers do not make a hand”
Daniel Quinn

Herman Melville
“But vain to popularize profundities, and all truth is profound.”
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick or, the Whale

Daniel Quinn
“No number has ever done it for us. Not a thousand, ten thousand, a hundred thousand. Even millions don't do it, and so every single year we pay our legislators to come up with more. But no matter how many prohibitions we come up with, they never do the trick, because no prohibited behavior has ever been eliminated by passing a law against it. Every time someone is sent to prison or executed, this is said to be "sending a message" to miscreants, but for some strange reason the message never arrives, year after year, generation after generation, century after century.

Naturally, we consider this to be a very advanced system.”
Daniel Quinn, If They Give You Lined Paper, Write Sideways.

Daniel Quinn
“What humanity came up with and held on to during its first three million years was a social organization that worked well for people. It didn't work well for products, for motorboats and can openers and operettas. It didn't work well for the greedy, the ruthless, and the power hungry. That's what we have, a social organization that works beautifully for products — which just keep getting better and better every year — but very poorly for people, except for the greedy, the ruthless, and the power hungry. Our ancestors lived in societies that every anthropologist agrees were nonhierarchical and markedly egalitarian. They weren't structured so that a few at the top lived lives of luxury, a few more lived in the middle in comfort, and the masses at the bottom lived in poverty or near poverty, just struggling to survive. They weren't riddled with crime, depression, madness, suicide, and addiction. And when we came along with invitations to join our glorious civilization, they fought to the death to hold on to the life they had.”
Daniel Quinn, If They Give You Lined Paper, Write Sideways.

Daniel Quinn
“We made it back to the airport without getting mugged, stoned, shot at, pounced on, bombed, shelled, garroted, gassed, pitched into, caught in a cross fire, sniped at, blockaded, napalmed, or trip-wired. No one even hit us with a water balloon.”
Daniel Quinn, My Ishmael

Marilynne Robinson
“That is how life goes- we send our children into the wilderness. Some of them on the day they are born, it seems, for all the help we can give them. Some of them seem to be a kind of wilderness unto themselves. But there must be angels there, too, and springs of water. Even that wilderness, the very habitation of jackals, is the Lord's.”
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

Herman Melville
“Morning to ye! Morning to ye!”
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick or, the Whale

“You don't have to see it to love it. Just love it for it is good and that is love.”
christian Thogolith

“caring about lives is not caring about your own life. it's all about giving your last breath for others to live. The caring man is like the last crab out of a bucket. letting others step on your back to get out, and letting you not step on others back and that is love.”
christian

Jerry Mooney
“There is Irish Spring, but there is no fall soap.”
Jerry Mooney, History Yoghurt and the Moon

Jarrett McCall
“Ishmael had the posture of a classic general; the intellect of a cab driver.”
Jarrett McCall, The Breathing Advocate

“It is not the fault of Ishmael that he was born by a bond woman but it will surely be his fault if he die in the hands of a bond woman.”
Ikechukwu Izuakor, Great Reflections on Success

Herman Melville
“I saw that this situation of mine was the precise situation of every mortal that breathes; only, in most cases, he, one way or other, has this Siamese connexion with a plurality of other mortals. If your banker breaks, you snap; if your apothecary by mistake sends you poison in your pills, you die. True, you may say that, by exceeding caution, you may possibly escape these and the multitudinous other evil chances of life. But handle Queequeg’s monkey-rope heedfully as I would, sometimes he jerked it so, that I came very near sliding overboard. Nor could I possibly forget that, do what I would, I only had the management of one end of it.”
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick or, the Whale