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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Five Quotes From Ernest Hemingway


When I was a young and impressionable man two writers in particular had a great effect on my life: Jack Kerouac and Ernest Hemingway. Like them or not, they both had their own style of writing and didn't follow others; individualism, I believe, is a virtue hidden in all of us but we often stifle it, these men did not. And a little known fact about Ernest Hemingway was that he was a velophile...I love the above quote by him. Below are two photos of him on bicycles as a young man (found here and here). I find the one on the right particularly interesting; it's a photo of him on a bike carrying a rifle during WWI in Italy. Sadly, it was fifty years ago today that he put the barrel of a shotgun in his mouth and pulled the trigger.


All good books have one thing in common - they are truer than if they had really happened.

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. 

Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth.

I know now that there is no one thing that is true - it is all true.

I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.

1 comment:

kfg said...

"Will do sober what he promised drunk" is an old compliment to a man's character in the Northeast (and I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if it's of Scots origin).

This quote is Hemingway's sarcastic take on that, in the same mode as when he famously quipped to Fitzgerald, "Yes, they have more money."