The Chase - Third Day
"Would now the wind but had a body; but all the things that most exasperate and outrage mortal man, all these things are bodiless, but only bodiless as objects, not as agents."
Ahab knows it's almost over - the fight with the white whale, his life, the war within him. He muses while on the deck, having lost his leg the day before in a new battle with Moby-Dick. But as mad as Ahab is, he is right. Of all the things that are apt to ruin our days, our lives, our minds, it is rarely another person, place or thing. It is something that acts on us - preys on us - from the inside out.
It's like that old horror movie where you hear the call is coming from inside your house. Madness starts inside our own dwelling. If only we spent more time looking within.