Herman Melville quote about adventure from Moby-Dick - I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.
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I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.
 Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (1851). copy citation

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Author Herman Melville
Source Moby-Dick
Topic adventure risk wanderlust
Date 1851
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2701/2701-h/2701-h.htm

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“Then the wild and distant seas where he rolled his island bulk; the undeliverable, nameless perils of the whale; these, with all the attending marvels of a thousand Patagonian sights and sounds, helped to sway me to my wish. With other men, perhaps, such things would not have been inducements; but as for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts. Not ignoring what is good, I am quick to perceive a horror, and could still be social with it—would they let me—since it is but well to be on friendly terms with all the inmates of the place one lodges in.” source

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