What made Stubb such an easy-going, unfearing man, so cheerily trudging off with the burden of life in a world full of grave-peddlers, all bowed to the ground with their packs; what helped to bring about that almost impious good-humor of his; that thing must have been his pipe.
~ Herman Melville, Moby Dick
It was Ahab’s discarding of his pipe – his inability to take pleasure in it – that prefigured his doom. Never trust a man with no observable vices. The smoker, the drinker, the gambler are all seasoned to an easy, fraternal sympathy. The abstinent, the strict, the grimly ascetic man is a monomaniac in embryo and no lover of mankind.