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Ernest Hemingway

  • Never mistake motion for action.

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

  • 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.

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

  • You lose it if you talk about it.

  • A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

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

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

  • I know only that what is moral is what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Nobody knows what's in him until he tries to pull it out. If there's nothing, or very little, the shock can kill a man.

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