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Quotations From ERNEST HEMINGWAY

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  • 11.
    Some people show evil as a great racehorse shows breeding. They have the dignity of a hard chancre.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. A Moveable Feast, ch. 12 (1964).

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  • 12.
    In the fall the war was always there but we did not go to it any more.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. "In Another Country," Men Without Women (1927).

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  • 13.
    I might say that what amateurs call a style is usually only the unavoidable awkwardnesses in first trying to make something that has not heretofore been made.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. repr. In Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963). Interview in Paris Review (Flushing, N.Y., Spring 1958).
  • 14.
    Grace under pressure.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. New Yorker (Nov. 30, 1929). Definition of "guts," in an interview with Dorothy Parker. The formula was invoked by John F. Kennedy at the start of his collection of essays, Profiles of Courage (1956); it possibly originated in the Latin motto, Fortiter in re, suaviter in modo.
  • 15.
    All our words from loose using have lost their edge.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Death in the Afternoon, ch. 7 (1932).

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  • 16.
    Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Men at War, introduction (1942).

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  • 17.
    The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. First published in Paris Review (Flushing, NY, spring 1958). Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).
  • 18.
    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.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Nick Adams, in "Fathers and Sons," Winner Take Nothing (1932).

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  • 19.
    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.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. quoted in Papa Hemingway, pt. 1, ch. 3, A.E. Hotchner (1966). The words "a moveable feast" were used—on Hotchner's recommendation—as the title for Hemingway's posthumously published Paris memoirs. The above paragraph appeared as the book's epigraph.

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  • 20.
    Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don't know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. quoted in Papa Hemingway, pt. 1, ch. 4, A.E. Hotchner (1966). Hemingway's comment was made after being informed (by Hotchner) that William Faulkner considered Hemingway "had no courage" and "had never been known to use a word that might send the reader to the dictionary." Hemingway also described Faulkner as "Old Corndrinking Mellifluous." (Quoted in Carlos Baker, Ernest Hemingway, A Life Story, 1969, rev. 1973).
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