Ernest Hemingway (Writer)

#20121 Ernest Hemingway

The age demanded that we dance And jammed us into iron pants. And in the end the age was handed The sort of shit that it demanded. .

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In the fall the war was always there but we did not go to it any more. .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about war
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The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life — and one is as good as the other. .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about life
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I've been in love (truly) with five women, theand the .

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All modern American literature comes from one book bycalled Huckleberry Finn... .

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Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,710 feet high, and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called by the Masai "Ng .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about man
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There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention. .

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And how much better to die in all the happy period of undisillusioned youth, to go out in a blaze of light, than to have your body worn out and old and illusions shattered. .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about light
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Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture. .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about wit
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Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl. .

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A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book. .

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My attitude toward punctuation is that it ought to be as conventional as possible. The game of golf would lose a good deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green. You ought to be able to show that you can do it a good deal better than anyone else with the regular tools before you have a license to bring in your own improvements. .

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God knows, people who are paid to have attitudes toward things, professional critics, make me sick; camp-following eunuchs of literature. They won't even whore. They're all virtuous and sterile. And how well meaning and high minded. But they're all camp-followers. .

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I wonder what your idea of heaven would be — A beautiful vacuum filled with wealthy monogamists. All powerful and members of the best families all drinking themselves to death. And hell would probably an ugly vacuum full of poor polygamists unable to obtain booze or with chronic stomach disorders that they called secret sorrows. .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about death
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To me a heaven would be a big bull ring with me holding two barrera seats and a trout stream outside that no one else was allowed to fish in and two lovely houses in the town; one where I would have my wife and children and be monogamous and love them truly and well and the other where I would have my nine beautiful mistresses on 9 different floors and one house would be fitted up with special copies of theprinted on soft tissue and kept in the toilets on every floor and in the other house we would use theand the New Republic. .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about love
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Write me at the Hotel Quintana, Pamplona, Spain. Or don't you like to write letters. I do because it's such a swell way to keep from working and yet feel you've done something .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about pain
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I've tried to reduce profanity but I reduced so much profanity when writing the book that I'm afraid not much could come out. Perhaps we will have to consider it simply as a profane book and hope that the next book will be less profane or perhaps more sacred. .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about hope
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‘It’s his sense of self-preservation.’ ‘The great Italian sense.’ ‘The greatest Italian sense.’ .

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Well, Fitz, I looked all through that bible, it was in very fine print and stumbling on that great book Ecclesiastics, read it aloud to all who would listen. Soon I was alone and began cursing the bloody bible because there were no titles in it — although I found the source of practically every good title you ever heard of. But the boys, principally Kipling, had been there before me and swiped all the good ones so I called the book Men Without Women hoping it would have a large sale among the fairies and old Vassar Girls. .

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That terrible mood of depression of whether it's any good or not is what is known as The Artist's Reward. .

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Grace under pressure .

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Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones. .

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When you have shot one bird flying you have shot all birds flying. They are all different and they fly in different ways but the sensation is the same and the last one is as good as the first. .

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Our nada who art in nada, nada be thy name thy kingdom nada thy will be nada in nada as it is in nada. Give us this nada our daily nada and nada us our nada as we nada our nadas and nada us not into nada but deliver us from nada; pues nada. Hail nothing full of nothing, nothing is with thee. .

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That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best — make it all up — but make it up so truly that later it will happen that way. .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about will
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Here is the piece. If you can't say fornicate can you say copulate or if not that can you say co-habit? If not that would have to say consummate I suppose. Use your own good taste and judgment. .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about men
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Don't you drink? I notice you speak slightingly of the bottle. I have drunk since I was fifteen and few things have given me more pleasure. When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whisky? When you are cold and wet what else can warm you? Before an attack who can say anything that gives you the momentary well-being that rum does?... The only time it isn't good for you is when you write or when you fight. You have to do that cold. But it always helps my shooting. Modern life, too, is often a mechanical oppression and liquor is the only mechanical relief. .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about life
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All modern American literature comes from one book bycalled Huckleberry Finn... American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since. .

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I've seen a lot of patriots and they all died just like anybody else if it hurt bad enough and once they were dead their patriotism was only good for legends; it was bad for their prose and made them write bad poetry. If you are going to be a great patriot, i.e., loyal to any existing order of government (not one who wishes to destroy the existing for something better), you want to be killed early if your life and works won't stink. .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about life
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However you make your living is where your talent lies. .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about living
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The rich were dull and they drank too much or they played too much backgammon. They were dull and they were repetitious. He remembered poor Julian and his romantic awe of them and how he had started a story once that began, "The very rich are different from you and me." And how someone had said to Julian, "Yes, they have more money." .

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Ezra was right half the time, and when he was wrong, he was so wrong you were never in any doubt about it. .

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Anglers have a way of romanticizing their battles with fish and of forgetting that the fish has a hook in his mouth, his gullet, or his belly and that his gameness is really an extreme of panic in which he runs, leaps, and pulls to get away until he dies. It would seem to be enough advantage to the angler that the fish has the hook in his mouth rather than the angler. .

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I don't like to write like God. It is only because you never do it, though, that the critics think you can't do it. .

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Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination. .

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I’ve fought two draws with Mr. , and I think I had an edge in the last one. But nobody’s going to get me in any ring with Mr.unless I’m crazy or I keep getting better. .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about body
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In going where you have to go, and doing what you have to do, and seeing what you have to see, you dull and blunt the instrument you write with. But I would rather have it bent and dulled and know I had to put it on the grindstone again and hammer it into shape and put a whetstone to it, and know that I had something to write about, than to have it bright and shining and nothing to say, or smooth and well oiled in the closet, but unused. .

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All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time. .

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It wasn't by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. The laws of prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of mathematics, of physics. .

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You see it's awfully hard to talk or write about your own stuff because if it is any good you yourself know about how good it is — but if you say so yourself you feel like a shit. .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about self
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It's enough for you to do it once for a few men to remember you. But if you do it year after year, then many people remember you and they tell it to their children, and their children and grandchildren remember and, if it concerns books, they can read them. And if it's good enough, it will last as long as there are human beings. .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about books
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Scott took LITERATURE so solemnly. He never understood that it was just writing as well as you can and finishing what you start. .

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I started out very quiet and I beat Mr. . Then I trained hard and I beat Mr. . I’ve fought two draws with Mr. , and I think I had an edge in the last one. But nobody’s going to get me in any ring with Mr.unless I’m crazy or I keep getting better. .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about art
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I wouldn't kid Our Lord if he was on the cross. But I would attempt a joke with him if I ran into him chasing the money changers out of the temple. .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about change
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Wars are Spinach. Life in general is the tough part. In war all you have to do is not worry and know how to read a map and co-ordinates. .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about war
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Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up. .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about mind
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I am opposed to writing about the private lives of living authors and psychoanalyzing them while they are alive. Criticism is getting all mixed up with a combination of the Junior F.B.I.-men, discards from Freud and Jung and a sort of Columnist peep-hole and missing laundry list school.... Every young English professor sees gold in them dirty sheets now. Imagine what they can do with the soiled sheets of four legal beds by the same writer and you can see why their tongues are slavering. .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about writing
#20176 Ernest Hemingway

I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently. .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about work
#20177 Ernest Hemingway

You know lots of criticism is written by characters who are very academic and think it is a sign you are worthless if you make jokes or kid or even clown. I wouldn't kid Our Lord if he was on the cross. But I would attempt a joke with him if I ran into him chasing the money changers out of the temple. .

Ernest Hemingway Quotes about change
#20178 Ernest Hemingway

Then there is the other secret. There isn't any symbolysm [sic]. The sea is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish. The shark are all sharks no better and no worse. All the symbolism that people say is shit. What goes beyond is what you see beyond when you know. .

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