Ernest Hemingway quote

"Show the readers everything, tell them nothing."

Ernest Hemingway

Born: July 21, 1899

Die: July 2, 1961

Occupation: Author

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Ernest Hemingway

What is moral is what you feel good after.

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You make something from things that have happened and from things that exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, and you make something through your invention that is truer...

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It's harder to write in the third person but the advantage is you move around better.

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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.

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Everybody has strange things that mean things to them. You couldn't help it.

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Ernest Hemingway

But I think the Great DiMaggio would be proud of me today.

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Ernest Hemingway

It's silly not to hope. It's a sin he thought.

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Ernest Hemingway

Mr. Barnes, it is because I have lived very much that now I can enjoy everything so well

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Ernest Hemingway

You've such a lovely temperature.

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Ernest Hemingway

A writer should write what he has to say and not speak it.

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I am so in love with you that there isn’t anything else.

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Ernest Hemingway

Anyone can be a fisherman in May.

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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 The completely unambitious writer and the really good unpublished poem are the things we lack most.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

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It was considered a virtue not to talk unnecessarily at sea...

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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...

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I do not need to get used to your silence. I already know it. I quite possibly love all of it.

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The only way to combat the murder that is war is to show the dirty combinations that make it and the criminals and swine that hope for it and the idiotic way they run it when they get it so that an honest...

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Ernest Hemingway

If you stop complaining and asking for what you never will get, you will have a good life. A good life is not measured by any biblical span.

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Ernest Hemingway

I try not to borrow, first you borrow then you beg.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

No one you love is ever truly lost.

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How little we know of what there is to know. I wish that I were going to live a long time instead of going to die today because I have learned much about life in these four days; more, I think than in...

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Ernest Hemingway

Everything that's innocent to us is crazy to them.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

I do not know what I thought Paris would be like, but it was not that way. It rained nearly every day.

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Ernest Hemingway

Paris is so very beautiful that it satisfies something in you that is always hungry in America.

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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...

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Because we would not wear any clothes because it was so hot and the windows open and the swallows flying over the roofs of the houses and when it was dark afterward and you went to the window very small...

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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?

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

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Ernest Hemingway

I love you and I always will and I am sorry. What a useless word.

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Ernest Hemingway

I'm with you. No matter what else you have in your head I'm with you and I love you.

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Ernest Hemingway

You’ll ache. And you’re going to love it. It will crush you. And you’re still going to love all of it.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

The old man looked at him with his sun-burned, confident loving eyes.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

Hail nothing full of nothing, nothing is with thee.

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I have watched them all day and they are the same men that we are. I believe that I could walk up to the mill and knock on the door and I would be welcome except that they have orders to challenge all...

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Ernest Hemingway

You never kill anyone you want to kill in a war, he said to himself.

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Dying was nothing and he had no picture of it nor fear of it in his mind. But living was a field of grain blowing in the wind on the side of a hill. Living was a hawk in the sky. Living was an earthen...

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

Show the readers everything, tell them nothing.

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Ernest Hemingway

I am one of those who like to stay late at the cafe," the older waiter said. "With all those who do not want to go to bed. With all those who need a light for the night." "I want to go home and into bed."...

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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.

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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...

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I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, "Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence...

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Any man's life, told truly, is a novel...

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Ernest Hemingway

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader

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Some other places were not so good but maybe we were not so good when we were in them.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

The things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist.

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Ernest Hemingway

In order to write about life first you must live it.

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Ernest Hemingway

The echoes of beauty you've seen transpire, Resound through dying coals of a campfire.

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Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation...

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Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing.... For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of...

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There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other. We always returned to it no matter who we were or how it was changed or with what difficulties,...

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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

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Ernest Hemingway

He rested sitting on the un-stepped mast and sail and tried not to think but only to endure.

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Ernest Hemingway

There is no rule on how to write.

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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.

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Perhaps I should not have been a fisherman, he thought. But that was the thing that I was born for.

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Do not think about sin, he thought. There are enough problems now without sin. Also I have no understanding of it.

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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.

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Ernest Hemingway

In going where you have to go, and doing what you have to do, and seeing what you have to see, you'll dull and blunt the instrument you write with. But I would rather have it bent and dull and know I had...

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Ernest Hemingway

No, that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.

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Ernest Hemingway

The circus is the only fun you can buy that is good for you.

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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He did not care for the lying at first. He hated it. Then later he had come to like it. It was part of being an insider but it was a very corrupting business.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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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.

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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...

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Ernest Hemingway

Scott Fitzgerald was mortally afraid of lightning.

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Ernest Hemingway

Good writing is good conversation, only more so.

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Dying is a very simple thing. I've looked at death and really I know. If I should have died it would have been very easy for me. Quite the easiest thing I ever did. But the people at home do not realize...

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Ernest Hemingway

Until you're grown-up they send you to reform school. After you're grown-up they send you to the penitentiary.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

He was just a coward and that was the worst luck any many could have.

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I was young and not gloomy and there were always strange and comic things that happened in the worst time...

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Ernest Hemingway

You’re my religion. You’re all I’ve got.

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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.)

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We have come out of the time when obedience, the acceptance of discipline, intelligent courage and resolution were most important, into that more difficult time when it is a man's duty to understand his...

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Ernest Hemingway

Oh, darling, I've been so miserable.

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Ernest Hemingway

Never fall in love?" "Always," said the count. "I am always in love.

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Ernest Hemingway

You're not a moron. You're only a case of arrested development.

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Ernest Hemingway

Il faut d'abord durer (First One Must Endure).

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Why did they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so cruel?

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Ernest Hemingway

Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bullfighters.

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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.

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Ernest Hemingway

If a writer stops observing he is finished. Experience is communicated by small details intimately observed.

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Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with that there is

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Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary...

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Ernest Hemingway

I hate a cramp, he thought. It is a treachery of one's own body.

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Ernest Hemingway

You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.

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I've seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this...

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

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I may not be as stong as I think, but I know many tricks and I have resolution.

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By then I knew that everything good and bad left an emptiness when it stopped. But if it was bad, the emptiness filled up by itself. If it was good you could only fill it by finding something better.

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But perhaps he had enough animal strength and detached intelligence that he could make another start.

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Ernest Hemingway

And you treat me wonderfully and keep all your promises.

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Ernest Hemingway

Look at things and listen and feel.

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Ernest Hemingway

I never liked to hunt, you know. There was always the danger of having a horse fall on you.

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Ernest Hemingway

No one ever stopped when they were winning.

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Ernest Hemingway

[Never give up hope. Never give in to pessimism. Never despair.] No horse named Morbid ever won a race!

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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.

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Ernest Hemingway

All I know is that young boys sleep late and hard.

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Ernest Hemingway

What did I know best that I had not written about and Lost? What did I know about truly and care for the most?

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There is seven-eights of it under water for every part that shows. Anything you know you can eliminate and it only strengthens your iceberg. It is the part that doesn't show. If a writer omits something...

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

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Write the best story that you can and write it as straight as you can.

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I'm not advocating the strenuous life for everyone or trying to say it's the choice form of life. Anyone who's had the luck or misfortune to be an athlete has to keep his body in shape. The body and mind...

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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...

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I drank a bottle of wine for company. It was Chateau Margaux. It was pleasant to be drinking slowly and to be tasting the wine and to be drinking alone. A bottle of wine was good company.

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Ernest Hemingway

I was a little drunk. Not drunk in any positive sense but just enough to be careless.

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I wonder what your idea of heaven would be — A beautiful vacuum filled with wealthy monogamists. All powerful and members of the best families all drinking themselves to death. And hell would probably...

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I think you should learn about writing from everybody who has ever written that has anything to teach you

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Ernest Hemingway

Remember to get the weather in your damn book-weather is very important.

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Ernest Hemingway

My training was never to drink after dinner nor before I wrote nor while I was writing.

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Ernest Hemingway

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?

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Defense is the stronger form with the negative object, and attack the weaker form with the positive object.

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Ernest Hemingway

The sinews of war are five - men, money, materials, maintenance (food) and morale.

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All a man has is pride. Sometimes you have it so much it is a sin. We have all done things for pride that we knew were impossible. We didn't care. But a man must implement his pride with intelligence and...

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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.

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Ernest Hemingway

A man does not exist until he is drunk.

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Ernest Hemingway

Hombre, there are bodegas open all night long.

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Ernest Hemingway

Everyone has his own conscience, and there should be no rules about how a conscience should function.

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He liked the works of his friends, which is beautiful as loyalty but can be disastrous as judgement.

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I was so sentimental about you I'd break any one's heart for you. My, I was a damned fool. I broke my own heart, too. It's broken and gone. Everything I believe in and everything I cared about I left for...

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The world breaks everyone or nearly everyone, of their childish illusions, assumptions and wishes, often painfully and afterwards due to the personal growth in practical experience, insight and the resulting...

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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.

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The rain will stop, the night will end, the hurt will fade. Hope is never so lost that it can't be found.

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Most people never listen.

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Now I am depressed myself,' I said. 'That's why I never think about these things. I never think and yet when I begin to talk I say the things I have found out in my mind without thinking.

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Ernest Hemingway

How little we know of what there is to know.

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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.

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Ernest Hemingway

Rush, that most exciting perversion of life, the necessity of accomplishing something in less time than should be truly allowed for its doing.

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Ernest Hemingway

Yes, they have more money.

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But in the night he woke and held her tight as though she were all of life and it was being taken from him. He held her feeling she was all of life there was and it was true.

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Happiness is often presented as being very dull but, he thought, lying awake, that is because dull people are sometimes very happy and intelligent people can and do go around making themselves and everyone...

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As in no other form of lute or combat, the conditions are such; the winner takes nothing, neither his ease, nor his pleasure, nor any notion of glory, nor if he wins far enough, will he find anything within...

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Ernest Hemingway

If you're looking for messages, try Western Union.

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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My attitude toward punctuation is that it ought to be as conventional as possible. The game of golf would lose a good deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green. You ought...

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I am opposed to writing about the private lives of living authors and psychoanalyzing them while they are alive. Criticism is getting all mixed up with a combination of the Junior FBI-men, discards from...

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If the book is good, is about something that you know, and is truly written, and reading it over you see that this is so, you can let the boys yip and the noise will have that pleasant sound coyotes make...

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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.

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I always try to write on the principle of the iceberg. There is seven-eighths of it underwater for every part that shows.

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In company with people of your own trade you ordinarily speak of other writers' books. The better the writers the less they will speak about what they have written themselves. Joyce was a very great writer...

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As long as you can start, you are all right. The juice will come.

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Ernest Hemingway

Life breaks all of us but some of us get stronger in the broken places.

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I had an inheritance from my father, It was the moon and the sun. And though I roam all over the world, The spending of it’s never done.

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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...

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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.

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Until the dead are buried they change somewhat in appearance each day. The color change in Caucasian races is from white to yellow, to yellow-green, to black. If left long enough in the heat the flesh...

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Ernest Hemingway

Anyone who says he wants to be a writer and isn't writing, doesn't.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

Even if he was ever afraid he knew that he could do it anyway.

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The most beautiful fighting machine I have ever seen

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I’m trying in all my stories to get the feeling of the actual life across—not to just depict life—or criticize it—but to actually make it alive. So that when you have read something by me you actually...

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you quit, try.

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Ernest Hemingway

No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure.

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Ernest Hemingway

I am thee and thou art me and all of one is the other.

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Ernest Hemingway

Why do old men wake so early? Is it to have one longer day?

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Ernest Hemingway

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?

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Ernest Hemingway

I wish I had died before I ever loved anyone but her.

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Ernest Hemingway

London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation.

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Ernest Hemingway

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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Ernest Hemingway

He could beat anything, he thought, because no thing could hurt him if he did not care.

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Ernest Hemingway

Easy writing makes hard reading.

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Ernest Hemingway

If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly...

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Ernest Hemingway

I would not have thought of eating a meal without drinking a beer.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve.

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Ernest Hemingway

When I saw her I was in love with her. Everything turned over inside of me. She looked toward the door, saw there was no one, then she sat on the side of the bed and leaned over and kissed me.

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Ernest Hemingway

Keep right on lying to me. That's what I want you to do.

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Ernest Hemingway

You know I don't love any one but you. You shouldn't mind because some one else loved me.

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Ernest Hemingway

I'm not unfaithful, darling. I've plenty of faults but I'm very faithful. You'll be sick of me I'll be so faithful.

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Ernest Hemingway

And you'll always love me won't you? Yes And the rain won't make any difference? No

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Ernest Hemingway

But life isn't hard to manage when you've nothing to lose.

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Ernest Hemingway

Wine is a grand thing," I said. "It makes you forget all the bad.

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Ernest Hemingway

Often a man wishes to be alone and a girl wishes to be alone too and if they love each other they are jealous of that in each other, but I can truly say we never felt that. We could feel alone when we...

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Ernest Hemingway

This was a big storm and he might as well enjoy it. It was ruining everything, but you might as well enjoy it

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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....

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Ernest Hemingway

I rewrote the ending of 'Farewell to Arms' 39 times before I was satisfied.

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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...

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Ernest Hemingway

Having books published is very destructive to writing.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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 is...

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Ernest Hemingway

Real seriousness in regard to writing is one of two absolute necessities. The other, unfortunately, is talent.

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Ernest Hemingway

Any man who eats dessert is not drinking enough.

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Ernest Hemingway

Write drunk; edit sober.

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Ernest Hemingway

Drinking is a way of ending the day.

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Ernest Hemingway

Writing, at its best, is a lonely life.

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

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 another.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

Enjoying living was learning to get your money's worth and knowing when you had it.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

The best way is to read it all every day from the start, correcting as you go along, then go on from where you stopped the day before. When it gets so long that you can't do this every day read back two...

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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 when you are writing a novel you will never be stuck. That is the most valuable...

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Ernest Hemingway

Wearing down seven number two pencils is a good day's work.

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Ernest Hemingway

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,...

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Ernest Hemingway

You must be prepared to work always without applause.

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Ernest Hemingway

We have very primative emotions. It's impossible not to be competitive. Spoils everything, though.

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Ernest Hemingway

For a poet he threw a very accurate milk bottle.

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Ernest Hemingway

But you always fall for somebody else and then it's all right. Fall for them but don't let them ruin you.

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Ernest Hemingway

If he wrote it, he could get rid of it. He had gotten rid of many things by writing them.

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Ernest Hemingway

The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,710 feet high, and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called the Masai 'Ngaje Ngai', the House of God. Close to the western summit...

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Ernest Hemingway

But in the meantime all the life you have or ever will have is today, tonight, tomorrow, today, tonight, tomorrow, over and over again (I hope), ...

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Ernest Hemingway

Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry: Worry never fixes anything.

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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.

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Ernest Hemingway

Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors.

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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...

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

Fish," the old man said. "Fish, you are going to have to die anyway. Do you have to kill me too?

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Ernest Hemingway

You are all a lost generation. [with credit to Gertrude Stein]

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

I am drunk, seest thou? When I am not drunk I do not talk. You have never heard me talk much. But an intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend his time with fools.

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Ernest Hemingway

That seemed to handle it. That was it. Send a girl off with one man. Introduce her to another to go off with him. Now go and bring her back. And sign the wire with love. That was it all right. I went in...

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Ernest Hemingway

You're awfully dark, brother," he said. "You don't know how dark.

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Ernest Hemingway

A bottle of wine was good company.

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Ernest Hemingway

A person with increasing knowledge and sensory education may derive infinite enjoyment from wine.

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Ernest Hemingway

Wine ... offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than possibly any other purely sensory thing which may be purchased.

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Ernest Hemingway

Not the why but the what.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

Clearly I miss Him, having been brought up in religion. But now a man must be responsible to himself.

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Ernest Hemingway

How would that premise stand up if he examined it? That was probably why the Communists were always cracking down on Bohemiansism. When you were drunk or when you committed adultery you recognised your...

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

I would take anything I love and throw it off the highest cliff you ever saw and not wait to hear it bounce.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

If a writer stops observing, he is finished.

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Ernest Hemingway

Why, darling, I don't live at all when I'm not with you.

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Ernest Hemingway

This was the price you paid for sleeping together. This was the end of the trap. This was what people got for loving each other.

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Ernest Hemingway

You won't do our things with another girl, or say the same things, will you?

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Ernest Hemingway

All cowardice comes from not truly loving, or at least, not loving well.

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

The best writing is certainly when you are in love

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Ernest Hemingway

Those who say they want to be writers, and aren’t writing, don’t.

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

Never sit a table when you can stand at the bar.

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Ernest Hemingway

My,' she said. 'We're lucky that you found the place.' We're always lucky,' I said and like a fool I did not knock on wood. There was wood everywhere in that apartment to knock on too.

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Ernest Hemingway

We're stronger in the places that we've been broken.

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Ernest Hemingway

I never knew of a Morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy.

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

My father was a deeply sentimental man. And like all sentimental men, he was also very cruel.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there.

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Ernest Hemingway

It is one thing to be in the proximity of death, to know more or less what she is, and it is quite another thing to seek her.

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Ernest Hemingway

Luck is a thing that comes in many forms and who can recognize her?

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Ernest Hemingway

In a power hungry, power worshipping society, men label themselves atheist.

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Ernest Hemingway

Religion is like an ice cold whiskey on a hot day.

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Ernest Hemingway

Never write about a place until you're away from it, because that gives you perspective

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Ernest Hemingway

No animal has more liberty than the cat, but it buries the mess it makes. The cat is the best anarchist.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

I did not understand them but they did not have any mystery, and when I understood them they meant nothing to me. I was sorry about this but there was nothing I could do about it.

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

Never delay kissing a pretty girl or opening a bottle of whiskey

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

We think. We are not peasants. We are mechanics. But even the peasants know better than to believe in a war. Everybody hates war. There is a class that control a country that is stupid and down not realise...

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Ernest Hemingway

I kissed her hard and held her tight and tried to open her lips; they were closed tight.

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

we would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.

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Ernest Hemingway

that every day should be a fiesta seemed to me a marvelous discovery

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Ernest Hemingway

Never mistake movement for action

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Ernest Hemingway

where a man feels at home, outside of where he’s born, is where he’s meant to go.

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Ernest Hemingway

We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

The story was writing itself and I was having a hard time keeping up with it.

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Ernest Hemingway

There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow. How old must you be before you know that? There is only now, and if now is only two days, then two days...

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Ernest Hemingway

The first draft of anything is sh*t.

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Ernest Hemingway

Take a good rest, small bird," he said. "Then go in and take your chance like any man or bird or fish.

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Ernest Hemingway

Religion is the opium of the poor.

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Ernest Hemingway

Some writers are only born to help another writer write one sentence.

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Ernest Hemingway

My writing is nothing, my boxing is everything.

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Ernest Hemingway

You may talk. And I may listen. And miracles might happen.

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Ernest Hemingway

Cowards die a thousand deaths, but the brave only die once.

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Ernest Hemingway

It was a pleasant cafe, warm and clean and friendly, and I hung up my old water-proof on the coat rack to dry and put my worn and weathered felt hat on the rack above the bench and ordered a cafe au lait....

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Ernest Hemingway

Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.

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Ernest Hemingway

My only regret in life is that I did not drink more wine.

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

I thought that all generations were lost by something and always had been and always would be

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

If the others heard me talking out loud they would think that I am crazy. But since I am not, I do not care.

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

(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.

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Ernest Hemingway

It is appearances, characteristics and performance that make a man love an airplane, and they, are what put emotion into one. You love a lot of things if you live around them, but there isn't any woman...

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Ernest Hemingway

One cat just leads to another." [Letter from Finca Vigia, Cuba, to his first wife, Elizabeth Hadley Richardson (1943).]

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Ernest Hemingway

He no longer dreamed of storms, nor of women, nor of great occurrences, nor of great fish, nor fights, nor contests of strength, nor of his wife. He only dreamed of places now and the lions on the beach....

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Ernest Hemingway

Most people were heartless about turtles because a turtle’s heart will beat for hours after it has been cut up and butchered. But the old man thought, I have such a heart too.

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Ernest Hemingway

I am always in love.

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Ernest Hemingway

Going to another country doesn’t make any difference. I’ve tried all that. You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. There’s nothing to that.

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Ernest Hemingway

I decided to stop drinking with creeps. I decided to drink only with friends. I've lost 30 pounds.

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Ernest Hemingway

It is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or the moon or the stars. It is enough to live on the sea and kill our true brothers.

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

The bicycle riders drank much wine, and were burned and browned by the sun. They did not take the race seriously except among themselves.

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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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...

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

All bad writers are in love with the epic.

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Ernest Hemingway

Find the best writers, pay them to write, and avoid typos at all costs.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

To hell with them. Nothing hurts if you don't let it.

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Ernest Hemingway

Develop a built-in bullshit detector.

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Ernest Hemingway

You should only read what is truly good or what is frankly bad.

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Ernest Hemingway

Now Catherine would die. 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...

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Ernest Hemingway

It is very bad for (an artist) to talk about how he (creates). It is not the (artist's) province to explain or to run guided tours through the more difficult country of his work. It's none of their business...

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Ernest Hemingway

I love you for all that you are, all that you have been, all that you're yet to be.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

Got tight on absinthe last night. Did knife tricks.

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

In those days, there was no money to buy books.

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Ernest Hemingway

They arrested us after breakfast.

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Ernest Hemingway

Write hard and clear about what hurts.

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Ernest Hemingway

Life is the best left hooker I ever saw, although some say it was Charlie White of Chicago

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Ernest Hemingway

No; that doesn't interest me.' 'That's because you never read a book about it.

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Ernest Hemingway

Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports... all the others are games.

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Ernest Hemingway

The better the writers the less they will speak about what they have written themselves.

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Ernest Hemingway

All stories, if continued far enough, end in death.

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Ernest Hemingway

No one should be alone in their old age, he thought.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

Sometimes you know the story. Sometimes you make it up as you go along and have no idea how it will come out.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated.

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Ernest Hemingway

What a writer has to do is write what hasn't been written before or beat dead men at what they have done.

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Ernest Hemingway

You know you’re writing well when you're throwing good stuff into the wastebasket.

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Ernest Hemingway

Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell....

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Ernest Hemingway

The real reason for not committing suicide is because you always know how swell life gets again after the hell is over.

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

Your blood coagulates beautifully.

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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.

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Ernest Hemingway

It seemed out of place to think of consequences during the fiesta.

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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.

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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.

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Ernest Hemingway

Of all men the drunkard is the foulest. The thief when he is not stealing is like another. The extortioner does not practice in the home. The murderer when he is at home can wash his hands. But the drunkard...

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Ernest Hemingway

God knows I didn't mean to fall in love with her

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Ernest Hemingway

Night life is when everybody says what the hell and you do not remember who paid the bill.

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Ernest Hemingway

Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the Romance of the unusual.

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Ernest Hemingway

There isnt always an explanation for everything.

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Ernest Hemingway

There isn't any me. I'm you. Don't make up a separate me.

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Ernest Hemingway

I don't want to be your friend, baby. I am your friend.

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Ernest Hemingway

And this was the price you paid for sleeping together.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.

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Ernest Hemingway

Courage is grace under pressure.

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Ernest Hemingway

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

All things truly wicked start from innocence.

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Ernest Hemingway

Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

There is no friend as loyal as a book.

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Ernest Hemingway

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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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

Man is not made for defeat.

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Ernest Hemingway

There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.

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Ernest Hemingway

Never confuse movement with action.

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Ernest Hemingway

All good books have one thing in common - they are truer than if they had really happened.

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Ernest Hemingway

Never mistake motion for action.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

All our words from loose using have lost their edge.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

The shortest answer is doing the thing.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

You're beautiful, like a May fly.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

Wars are caused by undefended wealth.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

Pound's crazy. All poets are. They have to be. You don't put a poet like Pound in the loony bin.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest.

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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.

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Ernest Hemingway

There are the two curses of Spain, the bulls and the priests.

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Ernest Hemingway

It was strange how easy being tired enough made it.

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Ernest Hemingway

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? ...

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Ernest Hemingway

I don't like to leave anything,' the man said. 'I don't like to leave things behind.

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Ernest Hemingway

You don't have to destroy me. Do you? ...

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Ernest Hemingway

He had loved too much, demanded too much, and he wore it all out.

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Ernest Hemingway

So this was how you died, in whispers that you did not hear.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

Write the story, take out all the good lines, and see if it still works.

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Ernest Hemingway

I wanted to try this new drink: That's all we do, isn't it - look at things and try new drinks?

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Ernest Hemingway

And we could have all this,' she said. 'And we could have everything and every day we make it more impossible.' 'What did you say?' 'I said we could have everything.' 'We can have everything.' 'No, we...

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Ernest Hemingway

I don't feel any way,' the girl said. 'I just know things.

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Ernest Hemingway

There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity. Certain numbers were the same way and certain dates and these with the names of the places were...

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Ernest Hemingway

But after I got them to leave and shut the door and turned off the light it wasn't any good. It was like saying good-by to a statue. After a while I went out and left the hospital and walked back to the...

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

My heart's broken,' he thought. 'If I feel this way my heart must be broken.

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Ernest Hemingway

In the morning there was a big wind blowing and the waves were running high up on the beach and he was awake a long time before he remembered that his heart was broken.

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Ernest Hemingway

The brown blotches of the benevolent skin cancer the sun brings from its reflection on the tropic sea were on his cheeks. The blotches ran well down the sides of his face and his hands had the deep-creased...

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Ernest Hemingway

War is a crime. Ask the Infantry and ask the dead.

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Ernest Hemingway

There is nothing you can do except try to write it the way that it was. So you must write each day better than you possibly can and use the sorrow that you have now to make you know how the early sorrow...

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Ernest Hemingway

Isn't it pretty to think so.

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Ernest Hemingway

She was looking into my eyes with that way she had of looking that made you wonder whether she really saw out of her own eyes. They would look on and on after every one else's eyes in the world would have...

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

The fish is my friend too...I have never seen or heard of such a fish. But I must kill him. I am glad we do not have to try to kill the stars. Imagine if each day a man must try to kill the moon, he thought....

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Ernest Hemingway

Something, or something awful or something wonderful was certain to happen on every day in this part of Africa.

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

Mice: What is the best early training for a writer? Y.C.: An unhappy childhood.

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

It is awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime, but at night it is another thing.

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Ernest Hemingway

All thinking men are atheists.

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

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 by sex. You spend all your time talking,...

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Ernest Hemingway

When you start to live outside yourself, it's all dangerous.

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

I mistrust all frank and simple people, especially when their stories hold together

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?

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Ernest Hemingway

Remember everything is right until it's wrong. You'll know when it's wrong.

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Ernest Hemingway

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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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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:...

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Ernest Hemingway

I drink to make other people more interesting.

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Ernest Hemingway

One cat just leads to another.

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Ernest Hemingway

The cat has complete emotional honesty - an attribute not often found in humans.

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Ernest Hemingway

A cat has absolute honesty.

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Ernest Hemingway

The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.

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Ernest Hemingway

Bigotry is an odd thing. To be bigoted you have to be absolutely sure you are right and nothing makes that surety and righteousness like continence. Continence is the foe of heresy.

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Ernest Hemingway

Have faith in the Yankees my son. Think of the great DiMaggio.

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Ernest Hemingway

Fish," he said softly, aloud, "I'll stay with you until I am dead.

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Ernest Hemingway

Fish," he said, "I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends.

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Ernest Hemingway

When I had finished the book I knew that no matter what Scott did, nor how he behaved, I must know it was like a sickness and be of any help I could to him and try to be a good friend. He had many good,...

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

When we came back to Paris it was clear and cold and lovely.

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Ernest Hemingway

But sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the sputter...

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Ernest Hemingway

I belong to this notebook and this pencil.

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Ernest Hemingway

Now he was proving it again. Each time was a new time and he never thought about the past when he was doing it.

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Ernest Hemingway

Perhaps wars weren't won anymore. Maybe they went on forever. Maybe it was another Hundred Years' War.

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Ernest Hemingway

The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one'.... (The man who first said that) was probably a coward.... He knew a great deal about cowards but nothing about the brave. The brave dies perhaps...

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

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,...

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Ernest Hemingway

Later he had seen the things that he could never think of and later still he had seen much worse.

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Ernest Hemingway

War is not won by victory.

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Ernest Hemingway

Worry destroys the ability to write.

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Ernest Hemingway

I say that is wine," Brett held up her glass. "We ought to toast something. 'Here's to royalty.'" "This wine is too good for toast-drinking, my dear. you don't want to mix emotions up with a wine like...

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Ernest Hemingway

I didn't want to kiss you goodbye — that was the trouble — I wanted to kiss you good night — and there's a lot of difference.

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Ernest Hemingway

I had gone to no such place but 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,...

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Ernest Hemingway

Work every day. No matter what has happened the day or night before, get up and bite on the nail.

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Ernest Hemingway

If my Valentine you won't be, I'll hang myself on your Christmas tree.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

Work could cure almost anything

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Ernest Hemingway

My life used to be full of everything. Now if you aren't with me I haven't a thing in the world.

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Ernest Hemingway

I can't stand it to think my life is going so fast and I'm not really living it.

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Ernest Hemingway

Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

Oh, darling, you will be good to me, won’t you? Because we’re going to have a strange life.

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Ernest Hemingway

There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris.

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Ernest Hemingway

It is silly not to hope, besides I believe it is a sin." The Old Man and the Sea

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Ernest Hemingway

You know lots of criticism is written by characters who are very academic and think it is a sign you are worthless if you make jokes or kid or even clown. I wouldn't kid Our Lord if he was on the cross....

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Ernest Hemingway

A wine shop was open and I went in for some coffee. It smelled of early morning, of swept dust, spoons in coffee-glasses and the wet circles left by wine glasses.

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Ernest Hemingway

For him it was a dark passage which led to nowhere, then to nowhere, then again to nowhere, once again to nowhere, always and forever to nowhere, heavy on the elbows in the earth to nowhere, dark, never...

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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...

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Ernest Hemingway

You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always...

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Ernest Hemingway

Find what gave you emotion; what the action was that gave you excitement. Then write it down making it clear so that the reader can see it too. Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque...

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Ernest Hemingway

I'm always reading books-as many as there are. I ration myself on them so that I'll always be in supply.

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Ernest Hemingway

I felt very lonely when they were all there.

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Ernest Hemingway

There are many good fishermen and some great ones. But there is only one you.

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Ernest Hemingway

To hell with luck. I'll bring the luck with me.

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Ernest Hemingway

I suppose if a man has something once, always something of it remains.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

Never confuse motions with action.

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Ernest Hemingway

As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.

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Ernest Hemingway

The great thing is to last and get your work done and see and hear and learn and understand; and write when there is something that you know; and not before, and not too damned much after.

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Ernest Hemingway

But did thee feel the earth move?

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Ernest Hemingway

If the reader prefers, this book may be regarded as fiction. But there is always the chance that such a book of fiction may throw some light on what has been written as fact.

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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.

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Ernest Hemingway

No horse named Morbid ever won a race.

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Ernest Hemingway

Let him think that I am more man than I am and I will be so.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

What is the definition of guts? Grace under pressure.

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Ernest Hemingway

Humility is not disgraceful, and carries no loss of true pride.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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...

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Ernest Hemingway

There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.

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Ernest Hemingway

The best ammunition against lies is the truth, there is no ammunition against gossip. It is like a fog and the clear wind blows it away and the sun burns it off.

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Ernest Hemingway

The whiskey warmed his tongue and the back of his throat, but it did not change his ideas any, and suddenly, looking at himself in the mirror behind the bar, he knew that drinking was never going to do...

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

Some lived in it and never felt it but he knew it all was nada y pues nada y nada y pues nada.

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Ernest Hemingway

I don’t. I don’t want anybody else to touch you. I’m silly. I get furious if they touch you.

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Ernest Hemingway

A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.

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Ernest Hemingway

You ought to dream. All our biggest businessmen have been dreamers.

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Ernest Hemingway

And another thing. Don’t ever kid yourself about loving some one. It is just that most people are not lucky enough ever to have it. You never had it before and now you have it. What you have with Maria,...

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Ernest Hemingway

No Pilar," Agustin said. "You are not smart. You are brave. You are loyal. You have decision. You have intuition. Much decision and much heart. But you are not smart.

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Ernest Hemingway

And bed, he thought. Bed is my friend. Just bed, he thought. Bed will be a great thing. It is easy when you are beaten, he thought. I never knew how easy it was. And what beat you, the thought.

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Ernest Hemingway

One cat just leads to another. The place is so damned big it doesn't really seem as though there were many cats until you see them all moving like a mass migration at feeding time.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

I loved you when I saw you today and I loved you always but I never saw you before.

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Ernest Hemingway

The questioners had that beautiful detachment and devotion to stern justice of men dealing in death without being in any danger of it.

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Ernest Hemingway

The world was not wheeling anymore. It was just very clear and bright and inclined to blur at the edges.

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Ernest Hemingway

Nobody climbs on skis now and almost everybody breaks their legs but maybe it is easier in the end to break your legs than to break your heart although they say that everything breaks now and that sometimes,...

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Ernest Hemingway

Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today. It's been that way all this year. It's been that way...

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Ernest Hemingway

Hunger is good discipline.

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Ernest Hemingway

People who write fiction, if they had not taken it up, might have become very successful liars.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.

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Ernest Hemingway

You'll lose it, if you talk about it

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Ernest Hemingway

Would you please please please please please please please stop talking?

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Ernest Hemingway

Time is the least thing we have.

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Ernest Hemingway

It's a town you come to for a short time.

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Ernest Hemingway

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened and after you are finished reading one you feel that it all happened to you and after which it all belongs to you.

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Ernest Hemingway

Cheer up,' I said. 'All countries look just like the moving pictures.

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Ernest Hemingway

There is no night life in Spain. They stay up late but they get up late. That is not night life. That is delaying the day. Night life is when you get up with a hangover in the morning. Night life is when...

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Ernest Hemingway

Strong in all the Broken Places

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

I’m not brave any more darling. I’m all broken. They’ve broken me.

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Ernest Hemingway

My big fish must be somewhere.

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Ernest Hemingway

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

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Ernest Hemingway

I was blown up while we were eating cheese.

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Ernest Hemingway

I am glad we do not have to try to kill the stars.

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Ernest Hemingway

Let’s not talk about how I am. It’s a subject I know too much about to want to think about anymore.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Ernest Hemingway

There are many who do not know they are fascists but will find it out when the time comes.

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Ernest Hemingway

I did not say anything. I was always embarresed 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...

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Ernest Hemingway

Retirement is the ugliest word in the language.

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Ernest Hemingway

Everything you have is to give. Thou art a phenomenon of philosophy and an unfortunate man.

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Ernest Hemingway

And who understands? Not me, because if I did I would forgive it all.

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Ernest Hemingway

Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.

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Ernest Hemingway

it wasn't by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short.

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Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Journalists should have been the first to tell people what Obamacare would mean to them. They are now the last to figure all of this out.

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Maggie Stiefvater

I had risked everything, and I had nothing to show for it but my open hand, lying empty and palm up toward the ceiling.

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Rush Limbaugh

The Republicans have bought into the idea that people hate them because they're opposed to everything.

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Randi Rhodes

It takes two seconds to tell the truth and it costs nothing. A lie takes time and it costs everything.

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Patrick Ness

Shout for libraries. Shout for the young readers who use them.

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