Never delay kissing a pretty girl or opening a bottle of whiskey.

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: American

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But now he said his thoughts aloud many times since there was no one that they could annoy.

Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene beside the concrete names of villages, the numbers of roads, the names of rivers, the numbers of regiments and the dates.

Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.

I don't. I don't want anybody else to touch you. I'm silly. I get furious if they touch you.

She talked all the time and at first it was about people and places.

When you have shot one bird flying you have shot all birds flying. They are all different and they fly in different ways but the sensation is the same and the last one is as good as the first.

You've got a lovely everything.

He no longer dreamed of storms, nor of women, nor of great occurrences, nor of great fish, nor fights, nor contests of strength, nor of his wife. He only dreamed of places now and of the lions on the beach.

To hell with them. Nothing hurts if you don't let it.

I'm minding my own business, sir! How many people do you think actually do that by choice? Does it bother you? Of course it bothers you. A clear conscience is always supposed to bother a cripple-minded idiot like you.

How did you go bankrupt? Bill asked. Two ways, Mike said. Gradually and then suddenly.

The ultimate value of our lives is decided not by how we win but by how we lose.

We'll come home and eat here and we'll have a lovely meal and drink Beaune from the co-operative you can see right out of the window there with the price of the Beaune on the window. And afterwards we'll read and then go to bed and make love. And we'll never love anyone else but each other. No. Never.

I would walk along the quais when I had finished work or when I was trying to think something out. It was easier to think if I was walking and doing something or seeing people doing something that they understood.