Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All thinking men are atheists.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Courage is grace under pressure.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The best ammunition against lies is the truth, there is no ammunition against gossip. It is like a fog and the clear wind blows it away and the sun burns it off.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Actually if a writer needs a dictionary he should not write. He should have read the dictionary at least three times from beginning to end and then have loaned it to someone who needs it. There are only certain words which are valid and similes (bring me my dictionary) are like defective ammunition (the lowest thing I can think of at this time).More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To me 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 nine different floors.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All the critics who could not make their reputations by discovering you are hoping to make them by predicting hopefully your approaching impotence, failure and general drying up of natural juices. Not a one will wish you luck or hope that you will keep on writing unless you have political affiliations in which case these will rally around and speak of you and Homer, Balzac, Zola and Link Steffens.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Personal columnists are jackals and no jackal has been known to live on grass once he had learned about meat -- no matter who killed the meat for him.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
How simple the writing of literature would be if it were only necessary to write in another way what has been well written. It is because we have had such great writers in the past that a writer is driven far out past where he can go, out to where no one can help him.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Madame, it is an old word and each one takes it new and wears it out himself. It is a word that fills with meaning as a bladder with air and the meaning goes out of it as quickly. It may be punctured as a bladder is punctured and patched and blown up again and if you have not had it does not exist for you. All people talk of it, but those who have had it are marked by it, and I would not wish to speak of it further since of all things it is the most ridiculous to talk of and only fools go through it many times.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All you can be sure about in a political-minded writer is that if his work should last you will have to skip the politics when you read it. Many of the so-called politically enlisted writers change their politics frequently . Perhaps it can be respected as a form of the pursuit of happiness.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Now a writer can make himself a nice career while he is alive by espousing a political cause, working for it, making a profession of believing in it, and if it wins he will be very well placed. All politics is a matter of working hard without reward, or with a living wage for a time, in the hope of booty later. A man can be a Fascist or a Communist and if his outfit gets in he can get to be an ambassador or have a million copies of his books printed by the Government or any of the other rewards the boys dream about.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Only one marriage I regret. I remember after I got that marriage license I went across from the license bureau to a bar for a drink. The bartender said, What will you have, sir? And I said, A glass of hemlock.More Ernest Hemingway [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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