And bed, he thought. Bed is my friend. Just bed, he thought. Bed will be a great thing. It is easy when you are beaten, he thought. I never knew how easy it was. And what beat you, the thought.

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: American

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You have that pleasant air of a dog in heat.

It evidently made no difference whether I was there to look after things or not.

The bullfight is a Spanish institution; it has not existed because of the foreigners and tourists, but always in spite of them and any step to modify it to secure their approval, which it will never have, is a step towards its complete suppression.

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.

Don't you believe I love you? Don't know how I can make you believe. I didn't want to kiss you goodbye--that was the trouble--I wanted to kiss you goodnight. […] Of course I love you. I love you all the time. […] I'd like to hold you and kiss you so that you wouldn't doubt whether I wanted to or not.

Writing is something that you can never do as well as it can be done. It is a perpetual challenge and it is more difficult than anything else that I have ever done—so I do it. And it makes me happy when I do it well.

Fight them, he said. I'll fight them until I die.

No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure.

You won't do our things with another girl, or say the same things, will you?

Pain does not matter to a man.

Work every day. No matter what has happened the day or night before, get up and bite on the nail.

I ordered another rum St. James and I watched the girl whenever I looked up, or when I sharpened the pencil with a pencil sharpener with the shavings curling into the saucer under my drink.

A writer's problem does not change. He himself changes and the world he lives in changes but his problem remains the same. It is always how to write truly and, having found what is true, to project it in such a way that it becomes a part of the experience of the person who reads it.

What an excellent fish dolphin is to eat cooked," he said. "And what a miserable fish raw. I will never go in a boat again without salt or limes.