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Quotations From ERNEST HEMINGWAY

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  • 41.
    Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt use it—don't cheat with it.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Quoted in Scott Fitzgerald, ch. 14, Andrew Turnbull (1962).

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  • 42.
    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.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. letter, Feb. 21, 1952. Selected Letters, ed. Carlos Baker (1981).

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  • 43.
    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.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Letter, July 23, 1945. Selected Letters, ed. Carlos Baker (1981). Said of the difficulties of sustaining an epic at a high pitch.
  • 44.
    Having books published is very destructive to writing. It is even worse than making love too much. Because when you make love too much at least you get a damned clarte that is like no other light. A very clear and hollow light.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Letter, October 2, 1952, to poet and critic Bernard Berenson. Selected Letters, ed. Carlos Baker (1981).

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  • 45.
    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.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. A Moveable Feast, ch. 6 (1964).

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  • 46.
    A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. letter, Dec. 6, 1924. Selected Letters, ed. Carlos Baker (1981).

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  • 47.
    When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Death in the Afternoon, ch. 16 (1932).

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  • 48.
    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.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Death in the Afternoon, ch. 1 (1932).
  • 49.
    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.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Death in the Afternoon, ch. 11 (1932).

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  • 50.
    Scott took LITERATURE so solemnly. He never understood that it was just writing as well as you can and finishing what you start.
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Letter, May 12, 1950, to Arthur Mizener. Selected Letters, ed. Carlos Baker (1981). Mizener wrote a biography of Fitzgerald, and edited his essays and short stories.
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