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  1. You must always be willing to work without applause.


  2. It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.


  3. We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in.


  4. Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.




  5. The world breaks everyone, and afterwards many are strong at the broken places.


  6. Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.


  7. When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.


  8. There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.


  9. Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.


  10. I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?


  11. There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.


  12. Courage is grace under pressure.


  13. We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

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


  15. Never confuse movement with action.


  16. All things truly wicked start from an innocence.


  17. 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.


  18. I drink to make other people more interesting.


  19. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.


  20. 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.


  21. I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.


  22. My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.


  23. The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.

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  24. As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.


  25. What is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.


  26. There is no friend as loyal as a book.


  27. The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.

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  28. The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.


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


  30. When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.

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  1. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about love

    The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.


  2. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about motivation

    It something is wrong, fix it. But train yourself not to worry, worry fixes nothing.


  3. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about fun

    When you stop doing thing for fun you might as well be dead.


  4. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about friends

    There is no friend as loyal as a book.


  5. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about confidence

    You must be prepared to work always without applause.


  6. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about help

    For what are we born if not to aid one another?


  7. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about yourself

    You can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.


  8. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about attempt

    The first draft of anything is shit.


  9. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about brave

    You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering.


  10. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about position

    Write hard and clear about what hurts.


  11. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about journey

    It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.


  12. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about courage

    Courage is grace under pressure.


  13. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about noble

    There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.


  14. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about think

    Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try.


  15. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about worry

    If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.


  16. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about civil

    Wine is the most civilized thing in the world


  17. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about people

    The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.


  18. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about writing

    Write hard and clear about what hurts


  19. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about writing

    There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at Typewriter and bleed.


  20. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about good

    If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.


  21. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about goodbye

    I didn't want to kiss you goodbye - that was the trouble - I wanted to kiss you goodnight.


  22. Picture quote by Ernest Hemingway about drinking

    I drink to make other people more interesting


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What are the best writing quotes by Ernest Hemingway?


    There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

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    We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

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    The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.

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    When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.

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    The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.

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    The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.

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    Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.

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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.

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    I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.

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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.

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    Or don't you like to write letters. I do because it's such a swell way to keep from working and yet feel you've done something.


    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.


    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?

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    You know that fiction, prose rather, is possibly the roughest trade of all in writing. You do not have the reference, the old important reference. You have the sheet of blank paper, the pencil, and the obligation to invent truer than things can be true. You have to take what is not palpable and make it completely palpable and also have it seem normal and so that it can become a part of experience of the person who reads it.

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    Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.

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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.

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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.


    After writing a story I was always empty and both sad and happy, as though I had made love.

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    Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.


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What are the best authors quotes by Ernest Hemingway?


    There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

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    We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

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    The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.

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    When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.

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    The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.

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    Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.

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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.

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    I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.

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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.

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    You know that fiction, prose rather, is possibly the roughest trade of all in writing. You do not have the reference, the old important reference. You have the sheet of blank paper, the pencil, and the obligation to invent truer than things can be true. You have to take what is not palpable and make it completely palpable and also have it seem normal and so that it can become a part of experience of the person who reads it.

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    Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.

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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.

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    All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.

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What are the best books quotes by Ernest Hemingway?


    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.


    All you can be sure about in a political-minded writer is that if his work should last you will have to skip the politics when you read it. Many of the so-called politically enlisted writers change their politics frequently . Perhaps it can be respected as a form of the pursuit of happiness.

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    Now a writer can make himself a nice career while he is alive by espousing a political cause, working for it, making a profession of believing in it, and if it wins he will be very well placed. All politics is a matter of working hard without reward, or with a living wage for a time, in the hope of booty later. A man can be a Fascist or a Communist and if his outfit gets in he can get to be an ambassador or have a million copies of his books printed by the Government or any of the other rewards the boys dream about.

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    The hardest thing to do is to write straight honest prose on human beings. First you have to know the subject; then you have to know how to write. Both take a lifetime to learn, and anybody is cheating who takes politics as a way out. All the outs are too easy, and the thing itself is too hard to do.

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

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    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.

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    All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.

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What are the best love quotes by Ernest Hemingway?


    Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.

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    I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?

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    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.


    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?

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    I love to go to the zoo. But not on Sunday. I don't like to see the people making fun of the animals, when it should be the other way around.

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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.

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What are the best people quotes by Ernest Hemingway?


    We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in.

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    Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.

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    I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.

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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.

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    I love to go to the zoo. But not on Sunday. I don't like to see the people making fun of the animals, when it should be the other way around.

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    When you go to war as a boy, you have a great illusion of immortality. Other people get killed, not you... Then, when you are badly wounded the first time, you lose that illusion, and you know it can happen to you.


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All thinking men are atheists.


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


Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.

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You make your own luck, Gig. You know what makes a good loser? Practice.




The shortest answer is doing the thing.


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.

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But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.


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


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


I'm not going to get into the ring with Tolstoy.


I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.

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Death is like an old whore in a bar--I'll buy her a drink but I won't go upstairs with her


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.

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


There's no one thing that is true. They're all true.


All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.


Cowardice... is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination.


No weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee it to be a just one.


A beautiful vacuum filled with wealthy monogamists, all powerful and members of the best families all drinking themselves to death.


You're beautiful, like a May fly.


They can't yank a novelist like they can a pitcher. A novelist has to go the full nine, even if it kills him.

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Or don't you like to write letters. I do because it's such a swell way to keep from working and yet feel you've done something.

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I know now that there is no one thing that is true - it is all true.


All our words from loose using have lost their edge.

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If you have a success you have it for the wrong reasons. If you become popular it is always because of the worst aspects of your work.


Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.

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


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


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.


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


The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.


Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.


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.


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?

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If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.


If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.


Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.


Road to hell paved in unbought stuffed dogs. Not my fault.


So far, about morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.


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.

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To be a successful father... there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years.


Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.


It was a pleasant caf


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


Why should anybody be interested in some old man who was a failure?


The game of golf would lose a great deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green.


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. Later he became conscious of his damaged wings and of their construction and he learned to think and could not fly any more because the love of flight was gone and he could only remember when it had been effortless.

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Retirement is the ugliest word in the language.


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.


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.


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


The first panacea for a misguided 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.


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.

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I never had to choose a subject - my subject rather chose me.


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.


To me heaven would be a big bull ring with me holding two barrera seats and a trout stream outside that no one else was allowed to fish in and two lovely houses in the town; one where I would have my wife and children and be monogamous and love them truly and well and the other where I would have my nine beautiful mistresses on nine different floors.


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.


About morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.


I was always embarrassed by the words sacred, glorious and sacrifice and the expression in vain. We had heard them, sometimes standing in the rain almost out of earshot, so that only the shouted words came through, and had read them, on proclamations that were slapped up by billposters over other proclamations, now for a long time, and I had seen nothing sacred, and the things that were glorious had no glory and the sacrifices were like the stockyards at Chicago if nothing was done with the meat except to bury it.


You know that fiction, prose rather, is possibly the roughest trade of all in writing. You do not have the reference, the old important reference. You have the sheet of blank paper, the pencil, and the obligation to invent truer than things can be true. You have to take what is not palpable and make it completely palpable and also have it seem normal and so that it can become a part of experience of the person who reads it.

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Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth.

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


In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.

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There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things and because it takes a man's life to know them the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave.

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For a war to be just three conditions are necessary - public authority, just cause, right motive.


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. A doctor who cannot take out your appendix properly will recommend you to a doctor who will be unable to remove your tonsils with success.


A writer of fiction is really... a congenital liar who invents from his own knowledge or that of other men.


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.


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

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An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.


Actually if a writer needs a dictionary he should not write. He should have read the dictionary at least three times from beginning to end and then have loaned it to someone who needs it. There are only certain words which are valid and similes (bring me my dictionary) are like defective ammunition (the lowest thing I can think of at this time).

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Things may not be immediately discernible in what a man writes, and in this sometimes he is fortunate; but eventually they are quite clear, and by these and the degree of alchemy that he possesses, he will endure or be forgotten.


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


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.

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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.


For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.

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I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes.


The hardest thing to do is to write straight honest prose on human beings. First you have to know the subject; then you have to know how to write. Both take a lifetime to learn, and anybody is cheating who takes politics as a way out. All the outs are too easy, and the thing itself is too hard to do.

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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.

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How did you go bankrupt? Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.


The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.


All you can be sure about in a political-minded writer is that if his work should last you will have to skip the politics when you read it. Many of the so-called politically enlisted writers change their politics frequently . Perhaps it can be respected as a form of the pursuit of happiness.

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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.

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All the critics who could not make their reputations by discovering you are hoping to make them by predicting hopefully your approaching impotence, failure and general drying up of natural juices. Not a one will wish you luck or hope that you will keep on writing unless you have political affiliations in which case these will rally around and speak of you and Homer, Balzac, Zola and Link Steffens.

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The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.


When I have an idea, I turn down the flame, as if it were a little alcohol stove, as low as it will go. Then it explodes and that is my idea.


I might say that what amateurs call a style is usually only the unavoidable awkwardnesses in first trying to make something that has not heretofore been made.


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


'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.


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.


All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.

  • authors

Survival, with honor, that outmoded and all-important word, is as difficult as ever and as all-important to a writer. Those who do not last are always more beloved since no one has to see them in their long, dull, unrelenting, no-quarter-given-and-no-quarter-received, fights that they make to do something as they believe it should be done before they die. Those who die or quit early and easy and with every good reason are preferred because they are understandable and human. Failure and well-disguised cowardice are more human and more beloved.


I wake up in the morning and my mind starts making sentences, and I have to get rid of them fast - talk them or write them down.


Time is the least thing we have of.

  • time

When you go to war as a boy, you have a great illusion of immortality. Other people get killed, not you... Then, when you are badly wounded the first time, you lose that illusion, and you know it can happen to you.

  • time

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


I rewrote the ending to 'Farewell to Arms,' the last page of it, thirty-nine times before I was satisfied.


If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.


Man is not made for defeat.


From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality. That is why you write and for no other reason that you know of. But what about all the reasons that no one knows?


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.

  • communication

After writing a story I was always empty and both sad and happy, as though I had made love.

  • writing

When you give power to an executive you do not know who will be filling that position when the time of crisis comes.


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.


There isn't any symbolism. 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.


As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.


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.

  • books

Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts.


Never mistake motion for action.

  • action

When I am working on a book or a story, I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you, and it is cool or cold, and you come to your work and warm as you write.

  • work

You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself.


I always rewrite each day up to the point where I stopped. When it is all finished, naturally you go over it. You get another chance to correct and rewrite when someone else types it, and you see it clean in type. The last chance is in the proofs. You're grateful for these different chances.


It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.


I love to go to the zoo. But not on Sunday. I don't like to see the people making fun of the animals, when it should be the other way around.

  • love

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.


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

  • criticism

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