Moby Dick Published This Day in 1851


Moby Dick, or The Whale, is a novel by Herman Melville, considered an outstanding work of Romanticism and the American Renaissance. Ishmael narrates the monomaniacal quest of Ahab, captain of the whaler Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, a white whale which on a previous voyage destroyed Ahab’s ship and severed his leg at the knee.

Although the novel was a commercial failure and out of print at the time of the author’s death in 1891, its reputation as a Great American Novel grew during the 20th century. William Falkner confessed he wished he had written it himself, and D. H. Lawrence called it “one of the strangest and most wonderful books in the world,” and “the greatest book of the sea ever written.” “Call me Ishmael” is one of world literature’s most famous opening sentences.

So when it was written, no one thought much of Moby Dick. But today it remains one of the most acclaimed works of literature ever penned by man.

That’s a lot like life. What we see as insignificant today becomes huge tomorrow. The lesson? Don’t forget the little stuff. Just because something doesn’t look like much right now does not mean it will not be a factor in your ultimate destiny.

Commit to God the little stuff. Then step back and watch what he can do.


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