does seem to me, that herein
we see the rare virtue of a strong
individual vitality, and the rare virtue
of thick walls, and the rare virtue of
interior spaciousness...


Oh, man!

Admire and model thyself
after the whale!
Do thou, too, remain warm among ice.
Do thou, too, live in this world
without being of it.
Be cool at the equator;
keep thy blood fluid at the Pole.
Like the great dome of St. Peter's,
and like the great whale,
retain, O man! in all seasons
a temperature of thine own.



Herman Melville

(1819-1891) in Mobydick

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across the waves...