Ernest Hemingway

  • May. 2nd, 2013 at 9:59 PM
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A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.

Ernest Heminway

  • Nov. 3rd, 2012 at 9:36 PM
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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.

(A Moveable Feast)

Ernest Hemingway

  • Jun. 21st, 2012 at 10:05 PM
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What a writer should try to do is to make something which will be so written that it will become a part of the experience of those who read him.

Ernest Hemingway

  • Apr. 16th, 2012 at 10:54 PM
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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 the other.

Ernest Hemingway

  • Feb. 17th, 2012 at 1:32 PM
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In going where you have to go, and doing what you have to do, and seeing what you have to see, you dull and blunt the instrument you write with. But I would rather have it bent and dulled and know I had to put it on the grindstone again and hammer it into shape and put a whetstone to it, and know that I had something to write about, than to have it bright and shining and nothing to say, or smooth and well oiled in the closet, but unused.

Ernest Hemingway

  • Oct. 9th, 2011 at 11:36 PM
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A poet is somebody who feels, and who expresses his feeling through words.

This may sound easy. It isn't.

A lot of people think or believe or know they feel - but that's thinking or believing or knowing; not feeling. And poetry is feeling - not knowing or believing or thinking.

Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel. Why? Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you're a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you're nobody-but-yourself.

To be nobody-but-yourself-in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

As for expressing nobody-but-yourself in words, that means working just a little harder than anybody who isn't a poet can possibly imagine. Why? Because nothing is quite as easy as using words like somebody else. We all of us do exactly this nearly all of the time - and whenever we do it, we're not poets.

If, at the end of your first ten or fifteen years of fighting and working and feeling, you find you've written one line of one poem, you'll be very lucky indeed.

And so my advice to all young people who wish to become poets is: do something easy, like learning how to blow up the world - unless you're not only willing, but glad, to feel and work and fight till you die.

Does this sound dismal? It isn't. It's the most wonderful life on earth.

Or so I feel.

Ernest Hemingway

  • Aug. 4th, 2011 at 9:30 PM
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"...Sometimes when I was starting a new story and 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 of blue that they made. 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 that you know."

(A Moveable Feast)

Ernest Hemingway

  • May. 8th, 2011 at 10:45 PM
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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.

(In a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald)

Ernest Hemingway

  • Jan. 17th, 2011 at 9:38 PM
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As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.

Ernest Hemingway

  • Dec. 13th, 2010 at 10:34 PM
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The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.

Ernest Hemingway

  • Sep. 14th, 2010 at 9:51 PM
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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; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so you can give that to people, then you are a writer. (An Old Newsman Writes)

Ernest Hemingway

  • Aug. 26th, 2010 at 6:50 PM
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"All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time."

William Faulkner on Ernest Hemingway

  • Jun. 17th, 2010 at 10:13 PM
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"Hemingway has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."
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"Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.

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 and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed.

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 far out past where he can go, out to where no one can help him."

Ernest Hemingway

  • May. 23rd, 2010 at 11:21 PM
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"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."

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