Quotations From ERNEST HEMINGWAY

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  • 31.
    Honor to a Spaniard, no matter how dishonest, is as real a thing as water, wine, or olive oil. There is honor among pickpockets and honor among whores. It is simply that the standards differ.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Death in the Afternoon, ch. 9 (1932).

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  • 32.
    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.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. repr. In By-Line Ernest Hemingway, ed. William White (1967). "Trout Fishing in Europe," The Toronto Star Weekly (Nov. 17, 1923).

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  • 33.
    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.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Death in the Afternoon, ch. 7 (1932).
  • 34.
    Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Letter, July 9, 1950. Selected Letters, ed. Carlos Baker (1981).

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  • 35.
    I do not think I had ever seen a nastier-looking man.... Under the black hat, when I had first seen them, the eyes had been those of an unsuccessful rapist.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. A Moveable Feast, ch. 12 (1964). Referring to satirical author and painter (Percy) Wyndham Lewis.

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  • 36.
    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. repr. In Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963). Interview in Paris Review (Flushing, N.Y., Spring 1958).
  • 37.
    When you give power to an executive you do not know who will be filling that position when the time of crisis comes.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. repr. In By-Line Ernest Hemingway, ed. William White (1967). "Notes on the Next War: A Serious Topical Letter," Esquire (New York, September 1935).

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  • 38.
    Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Letter, January 5-6, 1932. Published in Selected Letters, ed. Carlos Baker (1981).

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  • 39.
    Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. quoted in A.E. Hotchner, Papa Hemingway, pt. 1, ch. 3 (1966).
  • 40.
    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.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Quoted in Morley Callaghan, That Summer in Paris, ch. 13 (1963).

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