"Consider the subtlness of the sea; how its most dreaded creatures glide underwater, unapparent for the most part, and treacherously hidden beneath the loveliest tints of azure. . . . Consider all this; and then turn to this green, gentle and most docile earth; consider them both, the sea and the land; and do you not find a strange analogy to something in ourself? For as this appalling ocean surrounds the verdant land, so in the soul of man there lies one insular Tahiti, full of peace and joy, but encompassed by all the sorrows of the half-lived life. (Emphasis added.)"
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, at p. 293. The latter part of this quote (which inspired me to read, and finish this time, Melville's transcendental masterpiece) was brought to my attention in There's A Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, an audiobook on CD by Wayne Dyer. This beautiful quote, that captures the inner serenity and absolute paradise of the soul which is surrounded and encumbered by the fears, unquenchable desires and "the terrors" of relative, everyday life is the subject of a wonderful essay in Wayne Dyer's masterful book about his greatest spiritual teachers,"Wisdom of the Ages: 60 Days to Enlightenment".