Moby-Dick: Pythagorean maxim

Pythagorean maxim

  1. in a right triangle, the square of the length of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the lengths of the sides

The word Pythagorean maxim appears in the following sentences from Moby-Dick:

Chapter 1 > Paragraph 11 > Sentence 2:

For as in this world, head winds are far more prevalent than winds from astern (that is, if you never violate the Pythagorean maxim), so for the most part the Commodore on the quarter-deck gets his atmosphere at second hand from the sailors on the forecastle.

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