There is no friend as loyal as a book.

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: American

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A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.

What a writer has to do is write what hasn't been written before or beat dead men at what they have done.

He would lie in the bed and finally, with daylight, he would go to sleep. After all, he said to himself, it is probably only insomnia. Many must have it.

In the night he awoke and held her tight as though she were all of life and it was being taken away from him.

If every one said orders were impossible to carry out when they were received where would you be? Where would we all be if you just said, "Impossible," when orders came?

Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated.

But I try not to borrow. First you borrow. Then you beg.

You're an expatriate. You've lost touch with the soil. You get precious. Fake European standards have ruined you. You drink yourself to death. You become obsessed with sex. You spend all your time talking, not working. You are an expatriate, see? You hang around cafes.

I can't stand it to think my life is going so fast and I'm not really living it.

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.

They are good," he said. "They play and make jokes and love one another. They are our brothers like the flying fish.

And that was the end of the beginning of that.

In a snowstorm it always seemed, for a time, as though there were no enemies.

If the others heard me talking out loud they would think that I am crazy. But since I am not, I do not care.