When you have been concentrating so hard on something you can't stop and your brain gets to racing like a fly-wheel with the weight gone. You'd better just not think.

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: American

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But these, wide-finned in silver, roaring, the light mist of their propellers in the sun, these do not move like sharks. They move like nothing there has ever been. They move like mechanized doom.

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

I'm not unfaithful, darling. I've plenty of faults but I'm very faithful. You'll be sick of me I'll be so faithful.

When I am working on a book or a story, I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you, and it is cool or cold, and you come to your work and warm as you write.

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened.

Let us not doubt, brother. Let us not pry into the holy mysteries of the hen-coop with simian fingers.

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.

I do not need to get used to your silence. I already know it. I quite possibly love all of it.

He's written about all the things he knows, and now he's on all the things he doesn't know.

It was easier to live under a regime than to fight it.

You ought to be ironical the minute you get out of bed. You ought to wake up with your mouth full of pity.

I can't say how every time I ever put my arms around you I felt that I was home.

I am always in love.

It is not basically a question of the size in repose," I said. "It is the size that it becomes. It is also a question of angle.