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Ernest Hemingway
By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

We all take a beating every day, you know, one way or another.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

Wars are caused by undefended wealth.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

Only that which makes you feel bad after doing is immoral.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

Practice any faith you wish. Got a ball field up the island where you can practice. I'll give the Deity a fast one high and inside if he crowds the plate.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

Madame, it is an old word and each one takes it new and wears it out himself. It is a word that fills with meaning as a bladder with air and the meaning goes out of it as quickly. It may be punctured as a bladder is punctured and patched and blown up again and if you have not had it does not exist for you. All people talk of it, but those who have had it are marked by it, and I would not wish to speak of it further since of all things it is the most ridiculous to talk of and only fools go through it many times.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

In Africa a thing is true at first light and a lie by noon and you have no more respect for it than for the lovely, perfect wood-fringed lake you see across the sun-baked salt plain. You have walked across that plain in the morning and you know that no such lake is there. But now it is there absolutely true, beautiful and believable.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

I have a rotten habit of picturing the bedroom scenes of my friends.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity. Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

That was what you did. You died. You did not know what it was about. They threw you in and told you the rules and the first time they caught you off base they killed you. Or they killed you gratuitously like Aymo. Or gave you the syphilis like Rinaldi. But they killed you in the end. You could count on that. Stay around and they would kill you.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

Please tell me what can I do. There must be something I can do

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

I kept this to remind me of you trying to brush away the Villa Rossa from your teeth in the morning, swearing and eating aspirin and cursing harlots. Every time I see that glass I think of you trying to clean your conscience with a toothbrush.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

I was as afraid as the next man in my time and maybe more so. But with the years, fear had come to be regarded as a form of stupidity to be classed with overdrafts, acquiring a venereal disease or eating candies. Fear is a child's vice and while I loved to feel it approach, as one does with any vice, it was not for grown men and the only thing to be afraid of was the presence of true and imminent danger in a form that you should be aware of and not be a fool if you were responsible for others.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

I ate the end of my piece of cheese and took a swallow of wine. Through the other noise I heard a cough, then came the chuh-chuh-chuh-chuh--then there was a flash, as when a blast-furnace door is swung open, and a roar that started white and went read and on and on in a rushing wind. I tired to breathe but my breath would not come and I felt myself rush bodily out of myself and out and out and out and all the time bodily in the wind. I went out swiftly, all of myself, and I knew I was dead and that it had all been a mistake to think you just died. Then I floated, and instead of going on I felt myself slide back. I breathed and I was back.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

I am an old man who will live until I die," Anselmo said.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

I am trying to make, before I get through, a picture of the whole world--or as much of it as I have seen. Boiling it down always, rather than spreading it out too thin. (On Writing.)

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

This is a good place," he said. "There's a lot of liquor," I agreed.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

I had gone...to the smoke of cafes and nights when the room whirled and you needed to look at the wall to make it stop, nights in bed, drunk, when you knew that that was all there was, and the strange excitement of waking and not knowing who it was with you, and the world all unreal in the dark and so exciting that you must resume again unknowing and not caring in the night, sure that this was all and all and all and not caring. Suddenly to care very much and to sleep to wake with it sometimes morning and all that had been there gone and everything sharp and hard and clear and sometimes a dispute about the cost. Sometimes still pleasant and fond and warm and breakfast and lunch. Sometimes all niceness gone and glad to get out on the street but always another day starting and then another night. I tried to tell about the night and the difference between the night and the day and how the night was better unless the day was very clean and cold and I could not tell it; as I cannot tell it now. But if you have had it you know.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

He did not say that because he knew that if you said a good thing it might not happen.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

We only knew then that there was always the war, but that we were not going to it anymore.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

And you treat me wonderfully and keep all your promises.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of the country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

I've been in love (truly) with five women, the Spanish Republic and the 4th Infantry Division.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

The best way to become a writer is to go off and write.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

I never trust frank and simple people whose stories hold together.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

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 ... you will never be stuck. Always stop while you are going good and don't think about it or worry about it until you start to write the next day. That way your subconscious will work on it all the time. But if you think about it consciously or worry about it you will kill it and your brain will be tired before you start.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

There are two kinds of stories, the ones you live and the ones you make up. And nobody knows the difference, and I don't ever tell which is which.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

You could omit anything if you knew that the omitted part would strengthen the short story and make people feel something more than they understood

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

There is a great inertia about all military operations of any size. But once this inertia has been overcome and underway they are almost as hard to arrest as to initiate.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

Easy writing makes hard reading.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

In a city like Paris where there was a way of living well and working, no matter how poor you were, was like having a great treasure given to you.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

All bad writers are in love with the epic.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

Go all the way with it. Do not back off. For once, go all the goddamn way with what matters.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

There's no one thing that's true. It's all true.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

The brave dies perhaps two thousand deaths if he's intelligent. He simply doesn't mention them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

I am like a blind pig when I work.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

A severed femoral artery empties itself faster than you can believe.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

She is kind and very beautiful. But she can be so cruel and it comes so suddenly and such birds that fly, dipping and hunting, with their small sad voices are made too delicately for the sea.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

Love is something that hangs up behind the bathroom door and smells of Lysol.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

Thou wilt go now, rabbit. But I go with thee. As long as there is one of us there is both of us.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

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.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

When I was writing, it was necessary for me to read after I had written. If you kept thinking about it, you would lose the thing you were writing before you could go on with it the next day. It was necessary to get exercise, to be tired in the body, and it was very good to make love with whom you loved. That was better than anything. But afterwards, when you were empty, it was necessary to read in order not to think or worry about your work until you could do it again. I had learned already 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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Hemingway

To invent out of knowledge means to produce inventions that are true. Every man should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside him. It also should have a manual drill and a crank handle in case the machine breaks down. If you're going to write, you have to find out what's bad for you. Part of that you learn fast, and then you learn what's good for you.