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An Everlasting Itch

Posted by Richard Conniff on December 15, 2010

I came across a great epigraph today, from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, by way of the late, lamented diplomat Richard Holbrooke, and the Wall Street Journal.

Wish I had had it while writing The Species Seekers because it perfectly captures the spirit of so many of the explorers in that book, going out to discover obscure insects, fishes, reptiles and other creatures:

“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.”

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