Herman Melville quote about madness from Moby-Dick - There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness.
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There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness.
 Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (1851). copy citation

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

Context

“But even Solomon, he says, «the man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain» (i.e., even while living) «in the congregation of the dead.» Give not thyself up, then, to fire, lest it invert thee, deaden thee; as for the time it did me. There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness. And there is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges, and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces. And even if he for ever flies within the gorge, that gorge is in the mountains; so that even in his lowest swoop the mountain eagle is still higher than other birds upon the plain, even though they soar.” source

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