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Now you are getting confused in the head, he thought. You must keep your head clear. Keep your head clear and know how to suffer like a man. Or a fish, he thought. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Wipe the pap of your mother's breast off thy lips and give me a hatful of that dirt,' the man with his chin on the ground said. 'No one of us will see the sun go down this night. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Blood is thicker than water,
The young man said
As he knifed his friend
For a drooling old bitch
And a house full of lies. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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There is not much future in men being friends with great women although it can be pleasant enough before it gets better or worse, and there is usually even less future with truly ambitious women writers. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Everything is on such a clear financial basis in France. It is the simplest country to live in. No one makes things complicated by becoming your friend for any obscure reason. If you want people to like you you have only to spend a little money. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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People who write fiction, if they had not taken it up, might have become very successful liars. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Am as clear as the stars that are my brothers. Still I must sleep. They sleep and the moon and the sun sleep and even the ocean sleeps sometimes on certain days when there is no current and a flat calm. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Love is something that hangs up behind the bathroom door and smells of Lysol. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter's honor. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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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. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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It's funny," I said. "It's very funny. And it's a lot of fun, too, to be in love."
"Do you think so?" her eyes looked flat again.
"I don't mean fun that way. In a way it's an enjoyable feeling."
"No," she said. "I think it's hell on earth. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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No one you love is ever truly lost. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Only suckers worry. But he can knock the worry if he takes a Scotch and soda. The hell with what the doctor says. So he rings for one and the steward comes sleepily, and as he drinks it, the speculator is not a sucker now; except for death. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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But I think the Great DiMaggio would be proud of me today. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Night is always darker before the dawn and life is the same, the hard times will pass, every thing will get better and sun will shine brighter then ever. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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In those days, the Corrected Hydrographic Sailing Directions for the Mediterranean, say, or the tables in Brown's Nautical Almanac. Under the charm of these rich I was as trusting and as stupid as a bird dog who wants to go out with any man with a gun, or a trained pig -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Fish," he said softly, aloud, "I'll stay with you until I am dead. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The parody is the last refuge of the frustrated writer. Parodies are what you write when you are associate editor of the Harvard Lampoon. The greater the work of literature, the easier the parody. The step up from writing parodies is writing on the wall above the urinal. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I was a little drunk. Not drunk in any positive sense, but just enough to be careless.
"For God's sake," I said, "yes, don't you?"
"Oh, how charmingly you get angry," he said. "I wish I had that faculty. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You're my religion. You're all I've got. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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A man does not exist until he is drunk. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I wondered where Cohn got that incapacity to enjoy Paris. Possibly from Mencken. Mencken hates Paris, I believe. So many young men get their likes and dislikes from Mencken. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Those who say they want to be writers, and aren't writing, don't. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I love you for all that you are, all that you have been, all that you're yet to be. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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But you always fall for somebody else and then it's all right. Fall for them but don't let them ruin you. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Let those who want to save the world if you can get to see it clear and as a whole. Then any part you make will represent the whole if it's made truly. The thing to do is work and learn to make it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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In America, they make such things of wire and of sponge-rubber, such as you use in the sets of tanks. You never know there, whether there is any truth in the matter, unless you are a bad boy as I am. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Find the best writers, pay them to write, and avoid typos at all costs. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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But I could never make friends again truly, neither in my heart nor in my head. When you cannot make friends any more in your head is the worst. But it was more complicated than that. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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A writer's problem does not change. He himself changes and the world he lives in changes but his problem remains the same. It is always how to write truly and having found what is true, to project it in such a way that it becomes part of the experience of the person who reads it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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For a writer to put his own intellectual musings, which he might sell for a low price as essays, into the mouths of artificially constructed characters which are more remunerative when issued as people in a novel is good economics, perhaps, but does not make literature. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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In war, one cannot say what one feels. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The house was built on the highest part of the narrow tongue of land between the harbor and the open sea. It had lasted through three hurricanes and it was built solid as a ship. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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And what did last? I last, she thought. Yes, i have lasted. But for what? -- Ernest Hemingway,
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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. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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He missed the prayers but he thought it would be unfair and hypocritical to say them and he did not wish to ask any favors or for any different treatment than all the men were receiving. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I think you have more fun as a human being even though it is much more painful. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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In the night he awoke and held her tight as though she were all of life and it was being taken away from him. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Ronda is the place where to go, if you are planning to travel to Spain for a honeymoon or for being with a girlfriend. The whole city and its surroundings are a romantic set ... Nice promenades, good wine, excellent food, nothing to do ... -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Finishing is what you have to do. If you don't finish, nothing is worth a damn -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Listen now. When people talk listen completely. Don't be thinking what you're going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Some people show evil as a great racehorse shows breeding. They have the dignity of a hard chancre. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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After you finish a book, you know, you're dead. But no one knows you're dead. All they see is the irresponsibility that comes in after the terrible responsibility of writing. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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One battle doesn't make a campagin, but critics treat one book, good or bad, like a whole war. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I'm with you. No matter what else you have in your head I'm with you and I love you. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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He's a great writer. If I didn't think so I wouldn't have tried to kill him ... I was the champ and when I read his stuff I knew he had something. So I dropped a heavy glass skylight on his head at a drinking party. But you can't kill the guy. He's not human. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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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,
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You cannot stop trusting people in life but I have learned to be a little bit careful. The way to make people trust-worthy is to trust them. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I would like to bear thy son and hy daughter," she told hime. "And how can the world be made better if there are no children of us who fight against the fascists? -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Just as, with the radio, there are certain things that you become fond of, and you welcome them and resent the new things -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Tell him I think writing is lousy," Bill said. "Go on, tell him. Tell him I'm ashamed of being a writer. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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THE GAMBLER,THE NUN,& THE RADIO

Tonight, sent by the police, they come to serenade me.He laughed, then tapped his stomach.-I cannot laugh yet. As musicians they are fatal -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Being against evil doesn't make you good. Tonight I was against it and then I was evil myself. I could feel it coming just like a tide ... I just want to destroy them. But when you start taking pleasure in it you are awfully close to the thing you're fighting. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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If I do it you won't ever worry?'
'I won't worry about that because it's perfectly simple.'
Then I'll do it. Because I don't care about me. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Use short sentences. Use short first paragraphs. Use vigorous English. Be positive, not negative. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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In the spring mornings I would work early while my wife still slept. The windows were open wide and the cobbles of the street were drying after the rain. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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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. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I would not have thought of eating a meal without drinking a beer. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Tell me some true things about fighting.'Tell me you love me.'I love you,' the girl said. 'You can publish it in the Gazzettino if you like. I love your hard, flat body and your strange eyes that frighten me when they become wicked. I love your hand and all your other wounded places. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I watched him walk back to the cafe holding his paper. I rather liked him and evidently she led him quite a life. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Where did you wash? the boy thought. The village water supply was two streets down the road. I must have water here for him, the boy thought, and soap and a good towel. Why am I so thoughtless? I must get him another shirt and a jacket for the winter and some sort of shoes and another blanket. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Now, being in Africa, I was hungry for more of it, the changes of the seasons, the rains with no need to travel, the discomforts that you paid to make it real, the names of the trees, of the small animals, and all the birds, to know the language and have time to be in it and to move slowly. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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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,
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The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The more I'm let alone and not worried the better I can function. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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He said we were all cooked but we were all right as long as we did not know it. We were all cooked. The thing was not to recognize it. The last country to realize they were cooked would win the war. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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IT WAS NOW LUNCH TIME AND THEY WERE all sitting under the double green fly of the dining tent pretending that nothing had happened. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Optimism can keep a fool from accepting failure. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I don't know," I said. "There isn't always an explanation for everything."
"Oh, isn't there? I was brought up to think there was."
"That's awfully nice. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly's wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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But even if I never bought any more clothing ever," I said, "I wouldn't have enough money to buy the Picassos that I want. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Read anything I write for the pleasure of reading it. Whatever else you find will be the measure of what you brought to the reading. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The cynical ones are the best companions. But the best of all are the cynical ones when they are still devout; or after; when having been devout, then cynical, they become devout again by cynicism. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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There will always be people who say it does not exist because they cannot have it. But I tell you it is true and that you have it and that you are lucky even if you die tomorrow. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You're going to have things to repent, boy,' Mr. John had told Nick. 'That's one of the best things there is. You can always decide whether to repent them or not. But the thing is to have them. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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It was like certain dinners I remember from the war. There was much wine, an ignored tension, and a feeling of things coming that you could not prevent happening. Under the wine I lost the disgusted feeling and was happy. It seemed they were all such nice people. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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It is impossible to believe the emotional and spiritual intensity and pure, classic beauty that can be produced by a man, an animal, and a piece of scarlet serge draped over a stick. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I thought you'd be interested in these things as a government man. Ain't you mixed up in the prices of things we eat or something? Ain't that it? Making them more costly or something. Making the grits cost more and the grunts less? -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Ascensions into heaven are like falling leaves sad and happy all at the same time Going away isn't really sad especially when your going enables a new kind of presence to be born. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Let us sleep, he said and he felt the long light body, warm against him, comforting against him, abolishing loneliness against him, magically, by a simple touching of flanks, of shoulders and of feet, making an alliance against death with him. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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A man is never lost at sea and it is a long island. It -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You don't have to destroy me. Do you? ... -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination. Learning to suspend your imagination and live completely in the very second of the present with no before and no after is the greatest gift a soldier can acquire. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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There are so many good ones to paint and if you paint as well as you really can and keep out of all other things and do that, it is the true thing. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Nobody knows what's in him until he tries to pull it out. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Everything you have is to give. Thou art a phenomenon of philosophy and an unfortunate man. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I believe that basically you write for two people; yourself to try and make it absolutely perfect; or if not that then wonderful. then you write for who you love whether they can read or write or not and whether they are alive or dead. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Nicholas Adams drove on through the town along the empty, brick-paved street ... on under the heavy trees of the small town that are a part of your heart if it is your town and you have walked under them, but that are only too heavy, that shut out the sun and that dampen the houses for a stranger. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You're an expatriate. You've lost touch with the soil. You get precious. Fake European standards have ruined you. You drink yourself to death. You become obsessed with sex. You spend all your time talking, not working. You are an expatriate, see? You hang around cafes. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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A writer's style should be direct and personal, his imagery rich and earthy, and his words simple and vigorous. The greatest writers have the gift of brilliant brevity, are hard workers, diligent scholars and competent stylists. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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We can't ever go back to old things or try and get the "old kick" out of something or find things the way we remembered them. We have them as we remember them and they are fine and wonderful and we have to go on and have other things because the old things are nowhere except in our minds now. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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In the early morning on the lake sitting in the stern of the boat with his father rowing, he felt quite sure that he would never die. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Intelligence is so damn rare and the people who have it often have such a bad time with it that they get bitter or propagandistic and then it's not much use. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I still need some 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,
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Oh, darling, you will be good to me, won't you? Because we're going to have a strange life. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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It's a town you come to for a short time. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I have a Thompson SubMachine gun and we shoot sharks with it. As soon as they put their heads out we give them a burst. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Then he was sorry for the great fish ... How many people will he feed?.. But are they worthy to eat him? No, of course, not. There is no one worthy of eating him from the manner of his behavior and his great dignity. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I wondered ... if there should be anything wrong with Sen. Joe McCarthy (Republican) of Wisconsin which a .577 solid would not cure. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Anything was better than Ezra learning to play the bassoon ... -- Ernest Hemingway,
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None of it was important now. The wind blew it out of his head. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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It is silly not to hope, besides I believe it is a sin. The Old Man and the Sea -- Ernest Hemingway,
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No good book has ever been written that has in it symbols arrived at beforehand and stuck in ... I tried to make a real old man, a real boy, a real sea and a real fish and real sharks. But if I made them good and true enough they would mean many things -- Ernest Hemingway,
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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. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Up the road, in his shack, the old man was sleeping again. He was still sleeping on his face and the boy was sitting by him watching him. The old man was dreaming about the lions. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The old man knew he was going far out and he left the smell of the land behind and rowed out into the clean early morning smell of the ocean. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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My big fish must be somewhere. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You never understand anybody that loves you. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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A writer can be compared to a well. There are as many kinds of wells as there are writers. The important thing is to have good water in the well, and it is better to take a regular amount out than to pump the well dry and wait for it to refill. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Creation's probably overrated. After all, God made the world in only six days and rested on the seventh. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I knew there were many side-roads but did not want one that would lead to nothing. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The bicycle riders drank much wine, and were burned and browned by the sun. They did not take the race seriously except among themselves. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You're beautiful. You walk wonderfully and if I were here and saw you now for the first time I'd be in love with you. If I saw you for the first time everything would turn over inside of me and I'd ache right through my chest. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Then nothing worries you?" "Only being sent away from you. You're my religion. You're all I've got. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I do not want you ever to initiate any action for any refunds of taxes without first consulting me and presenting the matter fully to me so that I may judge whether it is an honorable and ethical action to take, not simply legally, but according to my own personal standards. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I always worked until I had something done and I always stopped when I knew what was going to happen next. That way I could be sure of going on the next day. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Brett was damned good-looking. She wore a slip-over jersey sweater and a tweed skirt, and her hair was brushed back like a boy's. She started all that. She was built with curves like the hull of a racing yacht, and you missed none of it with that wool jersey. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The Purdey was not a Purdey but a straight-stocked long-barreled Scott live-pigeon full choke in both barrels thai I had bought from a lot of shotguns a dealer had brought down fron Udine to the Kechlers' villa in Codroipo. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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you are so brave & quiet i forget you are suffering. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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This wine is too good for toast-drinking, my dear. You don't want to mix emotions up with a wine like that. You lose the taste. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The purple, formalized, iridescent, gelatinous bladder of a Portuguese man-of-war was floating close beside the boat. It turned on its side and then righted itself. It floated cheerfully as a bubble with its long deadly purple filaments trailing a yard behind in the water. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Wonder what day god created the egg' 'how should we know? we should not question. our stay on earth is not for long. let us rejoice and believe and give thanks'. 'eat a egg -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You ask for the impossible. You ask for the ruddy impossible. So if you love this girl as much as you say you do, you had better lover her very hard and make up in intensity what the relation will lack in duration and continuity. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You don't have to destroy me. Do you? I'm only a woman who loves you and wants to do what you want to do. I've been destroyed two or three times already. You wouldn't want to destroy me again, would you? -- Ernest Hemingway,
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He took the bait like a male and he pulls like a male and his fight has no panic in it.
I wonder if he has any plans or if he is just as desperate as I sin? -- Ernest Hemingway,
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His fight has no panic in it. I wonder if he has any plans or if he is just as desperate as I am? He -- Ernest Hemingway,
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When you give power to an executive you do not know who will be filling that position when the time of crisis comes. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Why did they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so cruel? -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Where we would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright. That was where we could go. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Honor to a Spaniard, no matter how dishonest, is as real a thing as water, wine, or olive oil. There is honor among pickpockets and honor among whores. It is simply that the standards differ. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Listen," I told him. "Don't be so tough so early in the morning. I'm sure you've cut plenty of people's throats. I haven't even had my coffee yet. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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This beer is good for you. This is draft beer. Stick with the beer. Let's go and beat this guy up and come back and drink some more beer. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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No catalogue of horrors ever kept men from war. Before the war you always think that it's not you that dies. But you will die, brother, if you go to it long enough. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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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. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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If he wrote it, he could get rid of it. He had gotten rid of many things by writing them. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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For three years I looked forward very childishly to the war ending at Christmas. But now I look forward till when our son will be a lieutenant commander. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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If the others heard me talking out loud they would think that I am crazy. But since I am not, I do not care. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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He bowed at the dark, straightened, tossed his hat over his shoulder, and, carrying the muleta in his left hand and the sword in his right, walked out toward the bull. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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A person with increasing knowledge and sensory education may derive infinite enjoyment from wine. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The way to learn whether a person is trustworthy is to trust him. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Nobody likes to life anchors. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Work could cure almost anything -- Ernest Hemingway,
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And this,' he was saying aloud. 'And this. And this. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Hail Mary full of Grace the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.' Then he added, 'Blessed Virgin, pray for the death of this fish wonderful though he is. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I'm not going to get into the ring with Tolstoy. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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In that way they really were friends, understanding in their basic disagreement, trusting in their complete distrust and enjoying one another's company. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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After the train started he had stood on the rear platform and watched the station and the water tower grow smaller and smaller and the rails crossed by the ties narrowed toward a point where the station and the water tower stood now minute and tiny in the steady clicking that was taking him away. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Try and write straight English; never using slang except in dialogue and then only when unavoidable. Because all slang goes sour in a short time. I only use swear words, for example, that have lasted at least a thousand years for fear of getting stuff that will be simply timely and then go sour. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Don't worry about me talking," he said. "I have a living to make. You know in Africa no woman ever misses her lion and no white man ever bolts." "I bolted like a rabbit," Macomber said. Now what in hell were you going to do about a man who talked like that, Wilson wondered. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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She was a Canadian and had all their easy social graces. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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There is no friend as loyal as a book. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I mistrust all frank and simple people, especially when their stories hold together -- Ernest Hemingway,
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One cat just leads to another. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Paris is so very beautiful that it satisfies something in you that is always hungry in America. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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There is no rule on how to write. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife underhand into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all the furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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For all of us who lived in Paris; we will never forget it because Paris is a moveable feast -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Once in Africa I lost the corkscrew and we were forced to live off food and water for weeks. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The old man looked at him with his sun-burned, confident loving eyes. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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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,
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Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports ... all the others are games. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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It wasn't by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Be a damn fire eater now. He'd seen it in the war work the same way. More of a change than any loss of virginity. Fear gone like an operation. Something else grew in its place. Main thing a man had. Made him into a man. Women knew it too. No bloody fear. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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No. It's bad for me. Cole Porter wrote the words and the music. This knowledge that you're going mad for me. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I don't. I don't want anybody else to touch you. I'm silly. I get furious if they touch you. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I read my own books sometimes to cheer me when it is hard to write, and then I remember that it was always difficult, and how nearly impossible it was sometimes. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You see I'm trying in all my stories to get the feeling of the actual life across, not just to depict life, or criticize it, but to actually make it alive. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Fish," he said, "I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Pop was her ideal of how a man should be, brave, gentle, comic, never losing his temper, never bragging, never complaining except in a joke, tolerant, understanding, intelligent, drinking a little too much as a good man should, and, to her eyes, very handsome. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The Lord is my shepherd
I shall not want him for long
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures
and there are no green pastures
He leadeth me beside still waters
and still waters run deep -- Ernest Hemingway,
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How could a woman know that you meant nothing that you said; that you spoke only from habit and to be comfortable? After he no longer meant what he said, his lies were more successful with women than when he had told them the truth. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I don't know who made the laws; But I know there ain't no law that you got to go hungry. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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She looked fresh and young and very beautiful. I thought I had never seen any one so beautiful. 'Hello,' I said. When I saw her I was in love with her. Everything turned over inside of me -- Ernest Hemingway,
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We had a Corsican wine that had great authority and a low price. It was a very Corsican wine and you could dilute it by half with water and still receive its message.
A Moveable Feast -- Ernest Hemingway,
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She had been married to a man who had never bored her and these people bored her very much -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I want you so much I want to be you too. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You may talk. And I may listen. And miracles might happen. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I have noticed that doctors who fail in the practice of medicine have a tendency to seek one another's company and aid in consultation. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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They say the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered with better soil and with a higher grade of manure. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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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. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person had died for no reason. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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It was warm and like the spring and I walked down the alleyway of trees, warmed from the sun on the wall, and found we still lived in the same house and that it all looked the same as when I had left it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I loved her and I loved no one else and we had a lovely magic time while we were alone. I worked well and we made great trips, and I thought we were invulnerable again, and it wasn't until we were out of the mountains in late spring, and back in Paris, that the other thing started again. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Write the story, take out all the good lines, and see if it still works. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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perhaps it is clear why a writer should be interested in the constant, bullying, murderous, slovenly crime of war. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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World War I was the most colossal, murderous, mismanaged butchery that has ever taken place on earth. Any writer who said otherwise lied, So the writers either wrote propaganda, shut up, or fought. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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That was the end of the first part of Paris. Paris was never to be the same again although it was always Paris and you changed as it changed. We never went back to the Vorarlberg and neither did the rich. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I know the night is not the same as the day: that all things are different, that the things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist, and the night can be a dreadful time for lonely people once their loneliness has started. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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It could be worse,' Passini said respectfully. "There is nothing worse than war."
Defeat is worse."
I do not believe it," Passini said still respectfully. "What is defeat? You go home. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The reason you are so sore you missed the war is because war is the best subject of all. It groups the maximum of material and speeds up the action and brings out all sorts of stuff that normally you have to wait a lifetime to get. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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That was what you did. You died. You did not know what it was about. You never had time to learn. They threw you in and told you the rules and the first time they caught you off base they killed you. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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If you have to go away,' she said,'is it absolutely necessary to kill off everything you leave behind? I mean do you have to take away everything? ... -- Ernest Hemingway,
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It was hard work walking uphill. His muscles ached and the day was hot but Nick felt happy. He felt he had left everything behind, the need for thinking, the need to write, other needs. It was all back of him. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Anyone can be a fisherman in May. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Good dialogue is not real speech-it's the illusion of real speech. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I knew how severe I had been and how bad things had been. The one who is doing his work and getting satisfaction from it is not the one who poverty bothers. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The first draft of anything is shit. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Oh, now, now, now, the only now, and above all now, and there is no other now but thou now and now is thy prophet. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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But then we did not think of ourselves as poor. We did not accept it. we thought we were superior people and other people that we looked down on and rightly mistrusted were rich. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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He spat into the ocean and said, Eat that, galanos. And make a dream you've killed a man. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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My heart's broken,' he thought. 'If I feel this way my heart must be broken. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I always like it at a war. There is always the chance that you will get up the next morning and be killed and not have to write. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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It came very fast and the sun went a dull yellow and then everything was gray and the sky was covered and the cloud came on down the mountain and suddenly we were in it and it was snow. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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This book contains material from the remises of my memory and of my heart. Even if the one has been tampered with and the other does not exist. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Go all the way with it. Do not back off. For once, go all the goddamn way with what matters. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Even when you have learned not to look at families nor listen to them and have learned not to answer letters, families have many ways of being dangerous. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I never had to choose my subject- my subject rather chose me. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I love to write. But it has never gotten any easier to do and you can't expect it to if you keep trying for something better than you can do. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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After writing a story I was always empty and both sad and happy, as though I had made love, and I was sure this was a very good story although I would not know truly how good until I read it over the next day. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The world breaks everyone. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The people that I liked and had not met went to the big cafes because they were lost in them and no one noticed them and they could be alone in them and be together. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Don't you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you're not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you've lived nearly half the time you have to live already? -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You loved him when he was alive and you loved him after. If you love him, it is not a sin to kill him. Or is it more? 'You think too much, old man' he said aloud. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I did not care what it was all about. All I wanted to know was how to live in it. Maybe if you found out how to live in it you learned from that what is was all about. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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In a war we must all be careful not to hurt each other's feelings. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Why, darling, I don't live at all when I'm not with you. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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For many things are not as they appear. Discipline must come from trust and confidence. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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It's all nonsense. It's only nonsense. I'm not afraid of the rain. I am not afraid of the rain. Oh, oh, God, I wish I wasn't. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I wish we had horses to ride," Maria said. "In my happiness I would like to be on a good horse and ride fast with thee riding fast beside me and we would ride faster and faster, galloping, and never pass my happiness. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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He had already learned there was only one day at a time and that it was always the day you were in. It would be today until it was tonight and tomorrow would be today again. This was the main thing he had learned so far. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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A brave man is always frightened three times by a lion; when he first sees his track, when he first hears him roar and when he first confronts him. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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A kidder gets to be an awful thing around a camp if his stuff goes sort of sour. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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It seemed out of place to think of consequences during the fiesta. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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If you brought up Joyce twice, you would not be invited back. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I was trying to write then and I found the greatest difficulty, aside from knowing what you really felt, rather that what you were supposed to feel, and had been taught to feel, was to put down what really happened in action; what the actual things which produced the emotion that you experienced ... -- Ernest Hemingway,
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For sale: baby shoes, never worn. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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When I saw my wife again standing by the tracks as the train came in by the piled logs at the station, I wished I had died before I had ever loved anyone but her. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I love thee and thou art so lovely and so wonderful and so beautiful and it does such things to me to be with thee that I feel as though I wanted to die when I am loving thee. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt, use it-don't cheat with it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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If a husband works until six he gets only a little drunk on the way home and does not waste too much. If he works only until five he is drunk every night and one has no money. It is the wife of the working man who suffers from this shortening of hours. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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They were beaten to start with. They were beaten when they took them from their farms and put them in the army. That is why the peasant has wisdom, because he is defeated from the start. Put him in power and see how wise he is. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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He had always known what I did not know and what, when I learned it, I was always able to forget. But I did not know that then, although I learned it later. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Wine ... offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than possibly any other purely sensory thing which may be purchased. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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THE GAMBLER,THE NUN & THE RADIO

I do not follow you.
Many times I do not follow myself with pleasure. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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He went out and I heard him laughing in the hall. I heard some -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I can't stand it to think my life is going so fast and I'm not really living it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Never delay kissing a pretty girl or opening a bottle of whiskey -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don't know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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And just then it occurred to him that he was going to die. It came with a rush; not as a rush of water nor of wind; but of a sudden, evil-smelling emptiness and the odd thing was that the hyena slipped lightly along the edge of it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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It was a very Corsican wine and you could dilute it by half with water and still receive its message. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I suppose it is possible to live as full a life in seventy hours as on seventy years; granted that your life has been full up to the time that the seventy hours start and that you have reached a certain age. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Have faith in the Yankees my son. Think of the great DiMaggio. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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No horse named Morbid ever won a race. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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It's silly not to hope. It's a sin he thought. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I had already seen the end of fall come through boyhood, youth and young manhood, and in one place you could write about it better than in another. That was called transplanting yourself, I thought, and it could be as necessary with people as with other sorts of growing things. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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He held her close and hard and inside himself he said goodbye and then goodbye and goodbye. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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And that was the end of the beginning of that -- Ernest Hemingway,
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His choice had been to stay in the deep dark water far out beyond all snares and traps and treacheries. My choice was to go there to find him beyond all people. Beyond all people in the world. Now we are joined together and have been since noon. And no one to help either one of us. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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of Esquire contained an article entitled "On the Blue Water: A Gulf Stream Letter," written by the magazine's -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I would take anything I love and throw it off the highest cliff you ever saw and not wait to hear it bounce. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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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,
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The hell with my arm. You lose an arm you lose an arm. There's worse things than lose an arm. You've got two arms and you've got two of something else. And a man's still a man with one arm or with one of those. The hell with it,' he says ... after a minute he says, 'I got those other two still. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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For we have thought the longer thoughts
And gone the shorter way.
And we have danced to devils' tunes, Shivering home to pray;
To serve one master in the night,
Another in the day. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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If the day was bright, I would buy a liter of wine and a piece of bread and some sausage and sit in the sun and read one of the books I had bought and watch the fishing. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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It is not bad," he said. "And pain does not matter to a man. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Life breaks all of us but some of us get stronger in the broken places. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The time to work is shorter all the time and if you waste it you ... have committed a sin for which there is no forgiveness. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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More than shame he felt cold, hollow fear in him. The fear was still there like a cold slimy hollow in all the emptiness where once his confidence had been and it made him feel sick. It was still there with him now. It -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Writing is a hard business, but nothing makes you feel better -- Ernest Hemingway,
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We drove in to Biarritz and left the car outside a very Ritz place. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and to sell for food, he thought. You killed him for pride and because you are a fisherman. You loved him when he was alive and you loved him after. If you love him, it is not a sin to kill him. Or is it more? -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The only decent bone in her body was mine. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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If my Valentine you won't be,
I'll hang myself on your Christmas tree. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Nobody knows what tribes we came from nor what our tribal inheritance is nor what the mysteries were in the woods where the people lived that we came from. All we know is that we do not know. We know nothing about what happens to us in the nights. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Half a million dead wops
And he got a kick out of it
The son of a bitch. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I was just bathing."
"Aren't you the fortunate man. Bathing."
"Only a shower. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The old man drank his coffee slowly. It was all he would have all day and he knew that he should take it. For a long time now eating had bored him and he never carried a lunch. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Anglers have a way of romanticizing their battles with fish. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Everyone behaves badly--given the chance. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You'll lose it, if you talk about it -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Vice is a wonderful thing," Catherine said. "The people who go in for it seem to have good taste about it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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To go to bed at night in Madrid marks you as a little queer. For a long time your friends will be a little uncomfortable about it. Nobody goes to bed in Madrid until they have killed the night. Appointments with a friend are habitually made for after midnight at the cafe. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Now, feel. I am thee and thou art me and all of one is the other. And feel now. Thou hast no heart but mine. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Road to hell paved in unbought stuffed dogs. Not my fault. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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He looked at the sky and saw the white cumulus built like friendly piles of ice cream and high above were the thin feathers of the cirrus against the high September sky. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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... Writing is something that you can never do as well as it can be done. It is a perpetual challenge and it is more difficult than anything else that I have ever done - so I do it. And it makes me happy when I do it well. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The colonel breakfasted with the leisure of a fighter who has been clipped badly, hears four, and knows how to relax truly for five seconds or more. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I'd be glad to kiss you if you don't mind. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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South America hell! If you went there the way you feel now it would be exactly the same. This is a good town. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Augustin stood there looking down at him and cursed him speaking slowly clearly bitterly and contemptuously and cursing as steadily as though he were dumping manure on a field lifting it with a dung fork out of a wagon. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You lose them the same way your lose a battalion; by errors of judgment, orders that are impossible to fulfill, and through impossible conditions. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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A girl came in the cafe and sat by herself at a table near the window. She was very pretty with a face fresh as a newly minted coin if they minted coins in smooth flesh with rain-freshened skin, and her hair black as a crow's wing and cut sharply and diagonally across her cheek. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Remember everything is right until it's wrong. You'll know when it's wrong. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I kissed her hard and held her tight and tried to open her lips; they were closed tight. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I do not think I had ever seen a nastier-looking man. Under the black hat, when I had first seen them, the eyes had been those of an unsuccessful rapist. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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At night, never go to bed without knowing what you'll write tomorrow. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Get black on white. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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People fall in love, but have to climb out. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Trying to write something of permanent value is a full-time job. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I never liked to hunt, you know. There was always the danger of having a horse fall on you. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Who do you suppose has it easier? Ones with religion or just taking it straight? It comforts them very much but we know there is no thing to fear. It is only missing it that's bad. Dying is only bad when it takes a long time and hurts so much that it humiliates you. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The one who is doing his work and getting satisfaction from it is not the one the poverty is hard on. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right and wrong nor the breathing of someone who lay beside you in the moonlight. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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They had a sound basis of union. Margot was too beautiful for Macomber to divorce her and Macomber had too much money for Margot ever to leave him. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Never confuse movement with action. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Every one needs to talk to some one," the woman said. "Before we had religion and other nonsense. Now for every one there should be some one to whom one can speak frankly, for all the valor that one could have one becomes very alone. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Que va," the boy said. "There are many good fishermen and some great ones. But there is only you. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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As to Hemingway, I read him for the first time in the early 'forties, something about bells, balls and bulls, and loathed it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Hombre, there are bodegas open all night long. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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That every day should be a fiesta seemed to me a marvelous discovery -- Ernest Hemingway,
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He can't have gone, he said "Christ know he can't have gone. He's making a turn. Maybe he has been hooked before and her remembers something of it." The he felt the gentle touch on the line and he was happy. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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But don't try to find an untroublesome woman. She will dull out on you. What makes a woman good in bed makes it impossible for her to live alone. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You read what you have written and, as you always stop when you know what is going to happen next, you go on from there. You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the next day when you hit it again. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The game of golf would lose a great deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The story was writing itself and I was having a hard time keeping up with it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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When we came back to Paris it was clear and cold and lovely. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You go along your whole life and they seem as though they mean something and they always end up not meaning anything. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The better the writers the less they will speak about what they have written themselves. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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And have you had a lovely evening?"
"Oh, priceless," I said. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The only thing that can spoil a day is people and if you can keep from making engagements, every day has no limits. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Don't get discouraged because there's a lot of mechanical work to writing. I rewrote the first part of Farewell to Arms at least fifty times. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The fish is calm and steady. I will eat it all and then I will be ready. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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For a true writer, each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I spend a hell of a lot of time killing animals and fish so I wouldn't kill myself. When a man is in rebellion against death, as I am in rebellion against death, he gets pleasure out of taking to himself one of the godlike attributes; that of giving it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I am asking Scribners to insert as a subtitle in everything after the eighth printing
THE SUN ALSO RISES (LIKE YOUR COCK IF YOU HAVE ONE)
A greater Gatsby
(Written with the friendship of F. Scott Fitzgerald (Prophet of THE JAZZ AGE) -- Ernest Hemingway,
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So if your life trades seventy years for seventy hours I have that value now and I am lucky enough to know it. And if there is not any such thing as a long time, nor the rest of your lives, nor from now on, but there is only now, why then now is the thing to praise and I am very happy with it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The English talked with inflected phrases. One phrase to mean everything. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Everybody has strange things that mean things to them. You couldn't help it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I'm minding my own business, sir! How many people do you think actually do that by choice? Does it bother you? Of course it bothers you. A clear conscience is always supposed to bother a cripple-minded idiot like you -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I'm always reading books - as many as there are. I ration myself on them so that I'll always be in supply. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You dear, brave sweet. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I've been wondering about Dostoyevsky. How can a man write so badly, so unbelievably badly, and make you feel so deeply? -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Mean everything in the world to you after you bought it. Simple exchange of values. You give them money. They give you a stuffed dog ... all right. Have it your own way. Road to hell paved with unbought stuffed dogs. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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write. There was going to be everything that a man needed to write except to be alone. Zelda -- Ernest Hemingway,
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She's vicious,' Miss Stein said. 'She's truly vicious, so she can never be happy except with new people. She corrupts people. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Women made such swell friends. Awfully swell. In the first place, you had to be in love with a woman to have a basis of friendship. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Would you please please please please please please please stop talking? -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Up in that room I decided that I would write one story about each thing that I knew about. I was trying to do this all the time I was writing, and it was good and severe discipline. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Prose is architecture and the Baroque age is over. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Where a man feels at home, outside of where he's born, is where he's meant to go. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I put my arm around her and felt our hearts beating through our sweaters and I brought my right hand up and felt her neck smooth and the hair thick against it under my fingers that were shaking. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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In stating as fully as I could how things really were, it was often very difficult and I wrote awkwardly and the awkwardness is what they called my style. All mistakes and awkwardness are easy to see, and they called it style. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I guess you are all right. That was bad luck all right. Plenty bad luck. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The old man's head was clear and good now and he was full of resolution but he had little hope. It was too good to last, he thought. He took one look at the great fish as he watched the shark close in. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I suppose she only wanted what she couldn't have. Well, people were that way. To hell with people. The Catholic Church had an awfully good way of handling all that. Good advice, anyways. Not to think about it. Oh, it was swell advice. Try and take it sometime. Try and take it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Don't let yourself slip and get any perfect characters ... keep them people, people, people, and don't let them get to be symbols. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Show the readers everything, tell them nothing. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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It would be better alone, anything is better alone but I don't think I can handle it alone. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Bill was buying shoe-shines for Mike. Bootblacks opened the street door and each one Bill called over and started to work on Mike. "This is the eleventh time my boots have been polished," Mike said. "I say, Bill is an ass. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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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. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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This looking and not seeing things was a great sin, I thought, and one that was easy to fall into. It was always the beginning of something bad and I thought that we did not deserve to live in the world if we did not see it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You must hold hard to life and do it. But life is a cheap thing beside a man's work. The only thing is that you need it. Hold it tight. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The writer's job is to tell the truth, -- Ernest Hemingway,
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We're stronger in the places that we've been broken. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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To hell with the Church when it becomes a State and the hell with the State when it becomes a Church. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Because she had done the best she could for many years back and the way they were together now was no one person's fault. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I'm fonder of you than anybody on earth. I couldn't tell you that in New York. It'd mean I was a faggot. That was what the Civil War was about. Abraham Lincoln was a faggot. He was in love with General Grant. So was Jefferson Davis. Lincoln just freed the slaves on a bet. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Oh Jake," Brett said, "We could have had such a damned good time together."
Ahead was a mounted policeman in khaki directing traffic. He raised his baton. The car slowed suddenly, pressing Brett against me.
Yes," I said. "Isn't it pretty to think so? -- Ernest Hemingway,
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To stay in places and to leave, to trust, to distrust, to no longer believe and believe again, ... to watch the snow come, to watch it go, to hear rain on a tent, to know where I can find what I want. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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He wanted to write about country so it would be there like Cezanne had done it in a painting. You have to do it from inside yourself ... You could do it if you wanted to fight for it. If you'd lived right with your eyes. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I hate a cramp, he thought. It is a treachery of one's own body. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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He saw the girl watching him and he smiled at her. It was an old smile that he had been using for fifty years, ever since he first smiled ... -- Ernest Hemingway,
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'For Whom the Bell Tolls' was a problem which I carried on each day. I knew what was going to happen in principle. But I invented what happened each day I wrote. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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For all the poor in the world against all tyranny -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I always like the bad ones. I know he's a bad one of some sort. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Let's say that he should go out and hang himself because he finds that writing well is impossibly difficult. Then he should be cut down without mercy and forced by his own self to write as well as he can for the rest of his life. At least he will have the story of the hanging to commence with. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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It is the fault of the orders, which are too rigid. There is no allowance for a change in circumstance. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Maybe ... you'll fall in love with me all over again."
"Hell," I said, "I love you enough now. What do you want to do? Ruin me?"
"Yes. I want to ruin you."
"Good," I said. "That's what I want too. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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He killed more men than the cholera. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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He was completely integrated now and he took a good long look at everything. Then he looked up at the sky. There were big white clouds in it. He touched the palm of his hand against the pine needles where he lay and he touched the bark of the pine trunk that he lay behind. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The thing is to become a master and in your old age to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Tomorrow can be a day of much valid action. Tomorrow can be a day of concrete acts. Tomorrow can be a day which is worth something. That tomorrow should come and that I should be there. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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They questioned us but they were polite because we had passports and money. I do not think they believed a word of the story and I thought it was silly but it was like a law-court. You did not want something reasonable, you wanted something technical and then stuck to it without explanations. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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He did not say that because he knew that if you said a good thing it might not happen. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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He was violating the second rule of the two rules for getting on well with people that speak Spanish; give the men tobacco and leave the women alone -- Ernest Hemingway,
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... Her lips an island in the sudden white sea of pain that came in a shining, unbearable, rising, blinding wave and swept him clean. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The world is a fine place, and worth fighting for. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Having books published is very destructive to writing. It is even worse than making love too much. Because when you make love too much at least you get a damned clarte that is like no other light. A very clear and hollow light. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I ordered another rum St. James and I watched the girl whenever I looked up, or when I sharpened the pencil with a pencil sharpener with the shavings curling into the saucer under my drink. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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What are you doing now, you lazy drunken obscene unsayable son of an unnameable unmarried gipsy obscenity? What are you doing? -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Home is where the heart is, home is where the fart is.
Come let us fart in the home.
There is no art in a fart.
Still a fart may not be artless.
Let us fart and artless fart in the home. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I was pretty well through with the subject. At one time or another I had probably considered it from most of its various angles, including the one that certain injuries or imperfections are a subject of merriment while remaining quite serious for the person possessing them. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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He had only one thing to do and that was what he should think about and he must think it out clearly and take everything as it came along, and not worry. To worry was a bad as to be afraid. It simply made things more difficult. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The old man opened his eyes and for a moment he was coming back from a long way away. Then he smiled. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I kissed her neck and shoulders. I felt faint with loving her so much. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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However you make your living is where your talent lies -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The room was in that disorder produced only by those who have always had servants. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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THE GAMBLER,THE NUN & THE RADIO

If I live long enough the luck will change. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I'll kick you in the face! -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You want everything so much and when you get it it's over and you don't give a damn. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You paid some way for everything that was any good. I paid my way into enough things that I liked, so that I had a good time. Either you paid by learning about them, or by experience, or by taking chances, or by money. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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He would lie in the bed and finally, with daylight, he would go to sleep. After all, he said to himself, it is probably only insomnia. Many must have it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You can write any time people will leave you alone and not interrupt you. Or, rather, you can if you will be ruthless enough about it. But the best writing is certainly when you are in love. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The fun of talk is to explore, but much of it and all that is irresponsible should not be written. Once written you have to stand by it. You may have said it to see whether you believed it or not. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Since I had started to break down all my writing and get rid of all facility and try to make instead of describe, writing had been wonderful to do. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The shortest answer is doing the thing. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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In those days, there was no money to buy books. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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All the contact I have had with politics has left me feeling as though I had been drinking out of spitoons. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I'm going to stay with you. If you go to jail, we might as well both go. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Finding you were able to make something up; to create truly enough so that it made you happy to read it; and to do this every day you worked was something that gave a greater pleasure than any I had ever known. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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We are all broken - that's how the light gets in. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Are you a communist?"
"No I am an anti-fascist"
"For a long time?"
"Since I have understood fascism. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Life is a dunghill, and I'm the cock that gets to crow on it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I want nothing. I just want the emptiness to mean something. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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A severed femoral artery empties itself faster than you can believe. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Good. Coffee is good for you. It's the caffeine in it. Caffeine, we are here. Caffeine puts a man on her horse and a woman in his grave. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Besides, I'm not jealous. I'm just so in love with you that there isn't anything else. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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First you borrow, then you beg. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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He is a great fish and I must convince him, he thought. I must never let him learn his strength nor what he could do if he made his run. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Life is pain, so live it up while you can. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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One cat leads to another. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The circus is the only fun you can buy that is good for you. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Fight them," he said. "I'll fight them until I die." But -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you quit, try. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Summer is a discouraging time to work - you don't feel death coming on the way it does in the fall when the boys really put pen to paper. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Some lived in it and never felt it but he knew it all was nada y pues nada y nada y pues nada. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Rush, that most exciting perversion of life, the necessity of accomplishing something in less time than should be truly allowed for its doing. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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For one person who likes Spain there are a dozen who prefer books on her. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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There are the two curses of Spain, the bulls and the priests. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Perhaps wars weren't won anymore. Maybe they went on forever. Maybe it was another Hundred Years' War. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Romance was a game, like bridge, in which you said things instead of playing cards. Like bridge you had to pretend you were playing for money or playing for some stakes. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You love a lot of things if you live around them, but there isn't any woman and there isn't any horse, nor any before nor any after, that is as lovely as a great airplane. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The priest was good but dull. The officers were not good but dull. The King was good but dull. The wine was bad but not dull. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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He liked the works of his friends, which is beautiful as loyalty but can be disastrous as judgement. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I am always in love. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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To make war all you need is intelligence. But to win you need talent and material. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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How every one he had slept with had only made him miss her more -- Ernest Hemingway,
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All things truly wicked start from innocence. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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For sale: baby shoes, never used. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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A writer should be of as great probity and honesty as a priest of God. He is either honest or not, as a woman is either chaste or not, and after one piece of dishonest writing he is never the same again. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Harry looked at him and you could see the murder come in his face ... Harry didn't say anything, but you could see the killing go out of his face and his eyes came open natural again. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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We are very serious so we can make very strong jokes. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The clouds were building up now for the trade wind and he looked ahead and saw a flight of wild ducks etching themselves against the sky over the water, then blurring, then etching again and he knew no man was ever alone on the sea. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I try not to borrow, first you borrow then you beg. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintry light. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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For her everything was red, orange, gold-red from the sun on the closed eyes, and it all was that color, all of it, the filling, the possessing, the having, all of that color, all in a blindness of that color.
- Ernest Hemingway, -- Ernest Hemingway,
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But she was delightful and charming and welcoming and behind her, as high as the wall and stretching out into the back room which gave onto the inner court of the building, were the shelves and shelves of the richness of the library. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The Age Demand
The age demanded that we sing
And cut away our tongue.
The age demanded that we flow
And hammered in the bung.
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. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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There is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You have it now and that is all your whole life is; now. There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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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. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Any form of betrayal can be final. Dishonesty can be final. Selling out is final. But you are just talking now. Death is what is really final. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Half fish," he said. "Fish that you were. I am sorry that I went too far out. I ruined us both. But we have killed many sharks, you and I, and ruined many others. How many did you ever kill, old fish? You do not have that spear on your head for nothing. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Some writers are only born to help another writer write one sentence. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Understanding of it and I am not sure that I believe in it. Perhaps it was a sin to kill the fish. I suppose it was even though I did it to keep me alive and feed many people. But then everything is a sin. Do not think about sin. It is much too -- Ernest Hemingway,
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We need more true mystery in our lives Hem- he said. The completely unambitious writer and the really good unpublished poem are the things we lack most. There is of course the problem of sustenance -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Too much honor destroys a man quicker than too much of any other fine quality. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Do you know how an ugly woman feels? Do you know what it is to be ugly all your life and inside to feel that you are beautiful? It is very rare. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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It is silly not to hope, he thought. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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As long as you can start, you are all right. The juice will come. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Do you suffer when you write? I don't at all. Suffer like a bastard when don't write, or just before, and feel empty and fucked out afterwards. But never feel as good as while writing. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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They can't yank a novelist like they can a pitcher. A novelist has to go the full nine, even if it kills him. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I want to pull my hair back tight and smooth and make a big knot at the back that I can feel, she said. I want to have a kitty to sit on my lap and purr when I stroke her. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Why do old men wake so early? Is it to have one longer day? -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Thank you very much," the girl said. "You know that another woman, or a woman in memory, is a terrible thing for a young girl to deal with when she is still without experience. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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No one ever stopped when they were winning. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Everything kills everything else in some way. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The further you go in writing the more alone you are. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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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,
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Take a good rest, small bird," he said. "Then go in and take your chance like any man or bird or fish. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You bitch,' he said. 'You rich bitch. That's poetry. I'm full of poetry now. Rot and poetry. Rotten poetry. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Never be daunted -- Ernest Hemingway,
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As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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How do you tell a valuable French book?'
'First there are the pictures. Then it is a question of the quality of the pictures. Then it is the binding. If a book is good, the owner will have it bound properly. All books in English are bound, but bound badly. There is no way of judging them. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I knew that now, reading it in the oversensitized state of my mind after much too much brandy, I would remember it somewhere, and afterwards it would seem as though it had really happened to me. I would always have it. That was another good thing you paid for and then had. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The worst death for anyone is to lose the center of his being, the thing he really is. Retirement is the filthiest word in the language. Whether by choice or by fate, to retire from what you do - and makes you what you are - is to back up into the grave. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Even if he was ever afraid he knew that he could do it anyway. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The war was a long way away. Maybe there wasn't any war. There was no war here. Then I realized it was over for me. But I did not have the feeling that it was really over. I had the feeling of a boy who thinks of what is happening at a certain hour at the schoolhouse from which he has played truant. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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And this was the price you paid for sleeping together. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Out of all the things you could not have there were some things that you could have and one of those was to know when you were happy and to enjoy all of it while it was there and it was good. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You must be prepared to work always without applause. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The Catholic Church had an awfully good way of handling all -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The bulls are my best friends."
I translated to Brett.
"You kill your friends?" she asked.
"Always," he said in English, and laughed. "So they don't kill me. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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And we're going to have all the books in the world to read and when we go on trips we can take them. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Now he would never write the things that he had saved to write until he knew enough to write them well. Well, he would not have to fail at trying to write them either. Maybe you could never write them, and that was why you put them off and delayed the starting. Well he would never know, now. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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[Robert] Capa: He was a good friend and a great and very brave photographer. It is bad luck for everybody that the percentages caught up with him. It is especially bad for Capa. (On Capa's death in Vietnam, May, 27, 1954) -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I sleep on my face, and then it does not frighten anybody in the morning. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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There's no one thing that is true. They're all true. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Life is the best left hooker I ever saw, although some say it was Charlie White of Chicago -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I do not think I have ever seen a nastier-looking man ... Under the black hat, when I had first seen them, the eyes had been those of an unsuccessful rapist. [on Brit poet Percy Wyndham Lewis] -- Ernest Hemingway,
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If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Now I have done what I can, he thought. Let him begin to circle and let the fight come. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Never mistake motion for action. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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There are many good fishermen and some great ones. But there is only one you. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I would like to take the great DiMaggio fishing," the old man said. "They say his father was a fisherman. Maybe he was as poor as we are and would understand. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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God knows I had not wanted to fall in love with her. I had not wanted to fall in love with any one. But God knows I had and I lay on the bed in the room of the hospital in Milan and all sorts of things went through my head but I felt wonderful ... -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Spanish girls make wonderful wives. I've never had one so I know. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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It was not so much that he lied as that there was no truth to tell. He had had his life and it was over and then he went on living it again with different people and more money, with the best of the same places, and some new ones. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every day when you are writing a novel you will never be stuck. That is the most valuable thing I can tell you so try to remember it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I was trying to learn to write, commencing with the simplest things, and one of the simplest things of all and the most fundamental is violent death. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Each day of not writing, of comfort, of being that which he despised, dulled his ability and softened his will to work so that, finally, he did no work at all. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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My working habits are simple: long periods of thinking, short periods of writing. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The best way to become a writer is to go off and write. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I rewrote the ending of 'Farewell to Arms' 39 times before I was satisfied. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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It's harder to write in the third person but the advantage is you move around better. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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What difference does it make if you live in a picturesque little outhouse surrounded by 300 feeble minded goats and your faithful dog? The question is: Can you write? -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You know you're writing well when you're throwing good stuff into the wastebasket. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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In truly good writing no matter how many times you read it you do not know how it is done. That is beacause there is a mystery in all great writing and that mystery does not dis-sect out. It continues and it is always valid. Each time you re-read you see or learn something new. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Mice: What is the best early training for a writer?
Y.C.: An unhappy childhood. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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All you need to do is write truly and not care about what the fate of it is. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Anyone who says he wants to be a writer and isn't writing, doesn't. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Everyone my age had written a novel and I was still having difficulty writing a paragraph. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof, shit detector. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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It is all very well for you to write simply and the simpler the better. But do not start to think so damned simply. Know how complicated it is and then state it simply. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The only kind of writing is rewriting. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Real seriousness in regard to writing is one of two absolute necessities. The other, unfortunately, is talent. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I would walk along the quais when I had finished work or when I was trying to think something out. It was easier to think if I was walking and doing something or seeing people doing something that they understood. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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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. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Write as well as you can and finish what you start. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The first and most important thing of all, at least for writers today, is to strip language clean, to lay it bare down to the bone. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Live it up so you can write it down. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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There was no really good true war book during the entire four years of the war. The only true writing that came through during the war was in poetry. One reason for this is that poets are not arrested as quickly as prose writers. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Everything that a painter did or that a writer wrote was a part of his training and preparation for what he was to do. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Good writing is true writing. If a man is making a story up it will be true in proportion to the amount of knowledge of life that he has and how conscientious he is; so that when he makes something up it is as it would truly be. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You write a book like that you're fond of over the years, then you see that happen to it, it's like pissing in your father's beer. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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In order to write about life first you must live it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Tolstoi made the writing of Stephen Crane on the Civil War seem like the brilliant imagining of a sick boy who had never seen war but had only read the battles and chronicles and seen the Brady -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Easy reading is hard writing, -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Mice: But reading all the good writers might discourage you.
Y.C.: Then you ought to be discouraged. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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There is a mystery in all great writing and that mystery does not dissect out. It continues and is always valid. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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My writing is nothing, my boxing is everything. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I think you should learn about writing from everybody who has ever written that has anything to teach you -- Ernest Hemingway,
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There is no left and right in writing. There is only good and bad writing. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Easy writing makes hard reading. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Good writing is good conversation, only more so. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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My training was never to drink after dinner nor before I wrote nor while I was writing. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The writer's job is not to judge, but to seek to understand. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I write description in longhand because that's hardest for me and you're closer to the paper when you work by hand, but I use the typewriter for dialogue because people speak like a typewriter works. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Imagination? It is the one thing beside honesty that a good writer must have. The more he learns from experience the more he can imagine. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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What you don't write is often more important than what you do -- Ernest Hemingway,
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It is why I bother with you," he said. "I think you write absolutely truly and that is very rare. So I would like you to know some things. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I decided that I would write one story about each thing that I knew about. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Worry destroys the ability to write. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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There is no lonelier man than a writer when he's writing, except the suicide. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Nobody that ever left their own country ever wrote anything worth printing. Not even in the newspapers. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Though there is one part of writing that is solid and you do it no harm by talking about it, the other is fragile, and if you talk about it, the structure cracks and you have nothing. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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We are governed by what you find in the bottom of dead beer glasses that whores have dunked their cigarettes in. The place has not even been swept out yet and they have an amateur pianist beating on the box -- Ernest Hemingway,
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All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Cowardice ... is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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The ocean is worth writing about just as man is. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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You're remembering well today,' she said. 'Don't do it too much. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Blow, blow, ye western wind ... Christ, that my love were in my arms and I in my bed again. That my love Catherine. That my sweet love Catherine down might rain. Blow her again to me. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Humility is not disgraceful, and carries no loss of true pride. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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There is no language so filthy as Spanish. There are words for all the vile words in English and there are other words and expressions that are used only in countries where blasphemy keeps pace with the austerity of religion. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I'd just tromper you with everybody. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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Now he was proving it again. Each time was a new time and he never thought about the past when he was doing it. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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I've never loved any one else the way I love you. I'm full of poetry now. Rot and poetry. Rotten poetry.'
'Stop it. Harry, why do you have to turn into a devil now?'
'I don't like to leave anything,' the man said. 'I don't like to leave things behind. -- Ernest Hemingway,
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There is milk? What luxury! -- Ernest Hemingway,