Ernest Hemingway

(21 July 1899 - 2 July 1961 / Oak Park, Illinois)

Quotations

  • ''When you give power to an executive you do not know who will be filling that position when the time of crisis comes.''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. repr. In By-Line Ernest Hemingway, ed. William White (1967). "Notes on the Next War: A Serious Topical Letter," Esquire (New York, September 1935).
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  • ''The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. repr. In By-Line Ernest Hemingway, ed. William White (1967). "Notes on the Next War: A Serious Topical Letter," Esquire (New York, September 1935).
  • ''Personal columnists ... are jackals and no jackal has been known to live on grass once he had learned about meat—no matter who killed the meat for him.''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. repr. In By-Line Ernest Hemingway, ed. William White (1967). "Old Newsman Writes: A Letter from Cuba," Esquire (New York, Dec. 1934).
  • ''Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones.''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Letter, January 5-6, 1932. Published in Selected Letters, ed. Carlos Baker (1981).
  • ''Never confuse movement with action.''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. quoted by Marlene Dietrich in Papa Hemingway, pt. 1, ch. 1, A.E. Hotchner (1966 edition). "In those five words," Dietrich added, "he gave me a whole philosophy."
  • ''To be a successful father ... there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years.''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. quoted in A.E. Hotchner, Papa Hemingway, pt. 2, ch. 5 (1966).
  • ''Only one marriage I regret. I remember after I got that marriage license I went across from the license bureau to a bar for a drink. The bartender said, "What will you have, sir?" And I said, "A glass of hemlock."''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. quoted in A.E. Hotchner, Papa Hemingway, pt. 2, ch. 5 (1966 edition).
  • ''Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. quoted in A.E. Hotchner, Papa Hemingway, pt. 1, ch. 3 (1966).
  • ''You write a book like that that you're fond of over the years, then you see that happen to it, it's like pissing in your father's beer.''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Quoted in A.E. Hotchner, Papa Hemingway, 1966 edition (1966). Hemingway made this remark after seeing David O. Selznick's remake of A Farewell to Arms (1957).
  • ''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.''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Quoted in Morley Callaghan, That Summer in Paris, ch. 13 (1963).

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Captives

Some came in chains
Unrepentant but tired.
Too tired but to stumble.
Thinking and hating were finished
Thinking and fighting were finished
Retreating and hoping were finished.
Cures thus a long campaign,
Making death easy.

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