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PinkMonkey.com-MonkeyNotes-Billy Budd, by Herman Melville
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QUOTATION: The retaliation is apt to be in monstrous disproportion
to the supposed offense; for when in anybody was revenge in its exactions
aught else but an inordinate usurer?
QUOTATION: Coke and Blackstone hardly shed so much light into
obscure spiritual places as the Hebrew prophets.
QUOTATION: The sailor is frankness, the landsman is finesse. Life
is not a game with the sailor, demanding the long headno intricate
game of chess where few moves are made in straight-forwardness and ends
are attained by indirection, an oblique, tedious, barren game hardly worth
that poor candle burnt out in playing it.
QUOTATION: Forty years after a battle it is easy for a noncombatant
to reason about how it ought to have been fought. It is another thing
personally and under fire to have to direct the fighting while involved
in the obscuring smoke of it.
QUOTATION: There is nothing namable but that some men will, or
undertake to, do it for pay.
QUOTATION: His duty he always faithfully did; but duty is sometimes
a dry obligation, and he was for irrigating its aridity, whensoever possible,
with a fertilizing decoction of strong waters.
QUOTATION: A chaplain is the minister of the Prince of Peace serving
the host of the God of WarMars. As such, he is as incongruous as
a musket would be on the altar at Christmas. Why, then, is he there? Because
he indirectly subserves the purpose attested by the cannon; because too
he lends the sanction of the religion of the meek to that which practically
is the abrogation of everything but brute Force.
QUOTATION: Personal prudence, even when dictated by quite other
than selfish considerations, surely is no special virtue in a military
man; while an excessive love of glory, impassioning a less burning impulse,
the honest sense of duty, is the first.
QUOTATION: Through the port comes the moon-shine astray!
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