# Moby-Dick: Pythagorean maxim

## Pythagorean maxim

- 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.

*Concordance for the word Pythagorean maxim from Moby-Dick.*