Writing is the clumsy attempt to find symbols for wordlessness.
Perhaps as you went along you did learn something. I did not care what it was all about. All I wanted to know was how to live in it. Maybe if you found out how to live in it you learned from that what it was all about.
I do not need to get used to your silence. I already know it. I quite possibly love all of it.
When people talk, listen completely.
Courage is grace under pressure.
In a power hungry, power worshipping society, men label themselves atheist.
An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.
Night is always darker before the dawn and life is the same, the hard times will pass, everything will get better and sun will shine brighter than ever.
I was always a lonely person when I was with everyone.
Here's the beautiful lady with the beer.
How did you go bankrupt?" Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.
Night life is when everybody says what the hell and you do not remember who paid the bill.
Humility is not disgraceful, and carries no loss of true pride.
And how much better to die in all the happy period of undisillusioned youth, to go out in a blaze of light, than to have your body worn out and old and illusions shattered.
Worry destroys the ability to write. Ill health is bad in the ratio that it produces worry which attacks your subconscious and destroys your nerves.
In those days we did not trust anyone who had not been in the war, but we did not
completely trust anyone.
Cowards die a thousand deaths, but the brave only die once.
Gradually, then suddenly.
He was violating the second rule of the two rules for getting on well with people that speak Spanish; give the men tobacco and leave the women alone.
There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention.
When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whisky?
Develop a built-in bullshit detector.
What is the definition of guts? Grace under pressure.
I was a little drunk. Not drunk in any positive sense but just enough to be careless.
I can't stand it to think my life is going so fast and I'm not really living it.
There's nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility is being superior to your former self.
A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
He was just a coward and that was the worst luck any many could have.
Wars are caused by undefended wealth.
"The bulls are my best friends." I translated to Brett. "You kill your friends?" she asked. "Always," he said in English, and laughed. "So they don't kill me."
It's harder to write in the third person but the advantage is you move around better.
Don't let yourself slip and get any perfect characters... keep them people, people, people, and don't let them get to be symbols.
I'm not brave any more darling. I'm all broken. They've broken me.
His (the writer's) standard of fidelity to the truth should be so high that his invention, out of his experience, should produce a truer account than anything factual can be.
I had an inheritance from my father,
It was the moon and the sun.
And though I roam all over the world,
The spending of it's never done.
There isn't any me. I'm you. Don't make up a separate me.
Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts.
Some websites accepted each quote we create.
All the contact I have had with politics has left me feeling as though I had been drinking out of spitoons.
A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.
It is one thing to be in the proximity of death, to know more or less what she is, and it is quite another thing to seek her.
Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated.
For one person who likes Spain there are a dozen who prefer books on her.
All good books have one thing in common, they are truer than if they had really happened.
Night is always darker before the dawn and life is the same, the hard times will pass, every thing will get better and sun will shine brighter than ever.
I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.
I don't. I don't want anybody else to touch you. I'm silly. I get furious if they touch you.
In the early morning on the lake sitting in the stern of the boat with his father rowing, he felt quite sure that he would never die.
The questioners had that beautiful detachment and devotion to stern justice of men dealing in death without being in any danger of it.
But perhaps he had enough animal strength and detached intelligence that he could make another start.
Oh, darling, I've been so miserable.
Bigotry is an odd thing. To be bigoted you have to be absolutely sure you are right and nothing makes that surety and righteousness like continence. Continence is the foe of heresy.
Time is the least thing we have of.
I would take anything I love and throw it off the highest cliff you ever saw and not wait to hear it bounce.
Experiencing differences is crucial to the human condition. Especially when that difference is over the head, blower powder.
When you give power to an executive you do not know who will be filling that position when the time of crisis comes.
The one who is doing the work and getting satisfaction from it is not the one poverty is hard on.
Heminway talking about his wife Hadley.
It is good to have an end to journey toward; But it is the journey that matters, in the end.
Some writers are only born to help another writer write one sentence.
I mistrust all frank and simple people, especially when their stories hold together.
There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.
Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.
On the 'Star,' you were forced to learn to write a simple declarative sentence. This is useful to anyone. Newspaper work will not harm a young writer and could help him if he gets out of it in time.
I am drunk, seest thou? When I am not drunk I do not talk. You have never heard me talk much. But an intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend his time with fools.
You know I don't love any one but you. You shouldn't mind because some one else loved me.
The educated man is the man who can do something. The quality of his work marks the degree of his education.
Summer is a discouraging time to work -- you don't feel death coming on the way it does in the fall when the boys really put pen to paper.
The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs.
The only kind of writing is rewriting.
Never delay kissing a pretty girl or opening a bottle of whiskey.
And this was the price you paid for sleeping together.
It is not bad," Santiago said. "And pain does not matter to a man.
A cat has absolute emotional honesty, human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.
I knew that now, reading it in the oversensitized state of my mind after too much brandy, I would remember it somewhere, and afterward it would seem as though it had really happened to me.
I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.
Every damn thing is your own fault, if you are any good.
He wrote it exactly and the sinister part only showed as the light feathering of a smooth swell on a calm day marking the reef beneath.
"Maybe...you'll fall in love with me all over again."
"Hell," I said, "I love you enough now. What do you want to do? Ruin me?"
"Yes. I want to ruin you."
"Good," I said. "That's what I want too."
World War I was the most colossal, murderous, mismanaged butchery that has ever taken place on earth. Any writer who said otherwise lied, So the writers either wrote propaganda, shut up, or fought.
Rush, that most exciting perversion of life, the necessity of accomplishing something in less time than should be truly allowed for its doing.
Never fall in love?" "Always," said the count. "I am always in love.
Anger was washed away in the river along with any obligation.
Have faith in the Yankees my son. Think of the great DiMaggio.
Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual.
But it is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or the moon or the stars. It is enough to live on the sea and kill our true brothers.
Being against evil doesn't make you good.
No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure.
But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there.
She is kind and very beautiful. But she can be so cruel and it comes so suddenly and such birds that fly, dipping and hunting, with their small sad voices are made too delicately for the sea.
A writer should write what he has to say and not speak it.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
To make war all you need is intelligence. But to win you need talent and material.
'For Whom the Bell Tolls' was a problem which I carried on each day. I knew what was going to happen in principle. But I invented what happened each day I wrote.
For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.
I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
Creation's probably overrated. After all, God made the world in only six days and rested on the seventh.
Make it all up. But make it up so truly that later it will happen that way. Ernest Hemingway.
Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry: Worry never fixes anything.
Any man who eats dessert is not drinking enough.
In order to write about life first you must live it.
If the wind rises it can push us against the flood when it comes.
Writing, at its best, is a lonely life.
The world is a fine place, and worth fighting for.
How little we know of what there is to know.
It's a town you come to for a short time.
Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt use it -- don't cheat with it.
I write description in longhand because that's hardest for me and you're closer to the paper when you work by hand, but I use the typewriter for dialogue because people speak like a typewriter works.
The story was writing itself and I was having a hard time keeping up with it.
There is a great inertia about all military operations of any size. But once this inertia has been overcome and underway they are almost as hard to arrest as to initiate.
The real reason for not committing suicide is because you always know how swell life gets again after the hell is over.
God knows I didn't mean to fall in love with her.
You are killing me, fish, the old man thought. But you have a right to. Never have I seen a greater, or more beautiful, or a calmer or more noble thing than you, brother.
I didn't want to kiss you goodbye -- that was the trouble -- I wanted to kiss you good night -- and there's a lot of difference.
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.
No catalogue of horrors ever kept men from war. Before the war you always think that it's not you that dies. But you will die, brother, if you go to it long enough.
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.
Why, darling, I don't live at all when I'm not with you.
Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture.
Everything became quite unreal finally and it seemed as though nothing could have any consequences.
I love thee and thou art so lovely and so wonderful and so beautiful and it does such things to me to be with thee that I feel as though I wanted to die when I am loving thee.
If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.
I had no feeling for him. He did not seem to have anything to do with me. I felt no feeling of fatherhood.
Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.
Listen now. When people talk listen completely. Don't be thinking what you're going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe.
Find what gave you emotion; what the action was that gave you excitement. Then write it down making it clear so that the reader can see it too. Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.
You're not a moron. You're only a case of arrested development.
After writing a story I was always empty and both sad and happy, as though I had made love.
About morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
Good. Coffee is good for you. It's the caffeine in it. Caffeine, we are here. Caffeine puts a man on her horse and a woman in his grave.
I'm always reading books-as many as there are. I ration myself on them so that I'll always be in supply.
A bottle of wine was good company.
Listen," I told him. "Don't be so tough so early in the morning. I'm sure you've cut plenty of people's throats. I haven't even had my coffee yet.
This was the price you paid for sleeping together. This was the end of the trap. This was what people got for loving each other.
The fools think I am writing algebra but what I am really writing is geometry.
You're beautiful, like a May fly.
Write drunk; edit sober.
Life is pain, so live it up while you can.
Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the Romance of the unusual.
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.
All a man has is pride. Sometimes you have it so much it is a sin. We have all done things for pride that we knew were impossible. We didn't care. But a man must implement his pride with intelligence and care.
But did thee feel the earth move?
What difference does it make if you live in a picturesque little outhouse surrounded by 300 feeble minded goats and your faithful dog? The question is: Can you write?
One cat just leads to another.
I am not sure Scott had ever drunk wine from a bottle before and it was exciting to him as though he were slumming or as a girl might be excited by going swimming for the first time without a bathing suit.
Wine ... offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than possibly any other purely sensory thing which may be purchased.
A writer without a sense of justice or injustice would be better off editing the yearbook for a school for exceptional children.
Con not, that thou be not conned.
You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.
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.
We have to get used to the idea that at the most important crossroads in our life there are no signs.
I always try to write on the principle of the iceberg. There is seven-eighths of it underwater for every part that shows.
We are all broken, that's how the light gets in.
Shooting gives me a good feeling. It is faster than baseball and you are out on one strike.
What is the definition of guts? Grace under pressure.
Enjoying living was learning to get your money's worth and knowing when you had it.
You don't have to destroy me. Do you? I'm only a woman who loves you and wants to do what you want to do. I've been destroyed two or three times already. You wouldn't want to destroy me again, would you?
All things truly wicked start from innocence.
You did not do so badly for something worthless,' he said to his left hand. 'But there was a moment when I could not find you.
Modern life ... is often a mechanical oppression and liquor is the only mechanical relief.
All good books have one thing in common -- they are truer than if they had really happened.
The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.
I regarded home as a place I left behind in order to come back to it afterward.
Perhaps I should not have been a fisherman, he thought. But that was the thing that I was born for.
We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.
I wonder. Of course maybe that isn't what they figure to do. Maybe they aren't going to do any such thing. But it's natural that's what they would do and I heard that word.
The sinews of war are five -- men, money, materials, maintenance and morale.
Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing.... For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.
Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don't know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.
I had try to tell the difference between the night and the day and how the night was better unless the day was very clean and cold and I could not tell it; as I cannot tell it now. But if you have had it you know.
Never write about a place until you're away from it, because that gives you perspective.
I try not to borrow, first you borrow then you beg.
Use short sentences. Use short first paragraphs. Use vigorous English. Be positive, not negative.
Before we take to the sea, we walk on land... Before we create, we must understand.
I hate a cramp, he thought. It is a treachery of one's own body.
It wasn't by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. The laws of prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of mathematics, of physics.
The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life and one is as good as the other.
Home is where the heart is, home is where the fart is. Come let us fart in the home. There is no art in a fart. Still a fart may not be artless. Let us fart and artless fart in the home.
All our words from loose using have lost their edge.
Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
There is no friend as loyal as a book.
It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.
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.
I felt the death loneliness that comes at the end of every day that is wasted in your life.
I'm going to stay with you. If you go to jail, we might as well both go.
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.
But, he thought, I keep them with precision. Only I have no luck any more. But who knows? Maybe today. Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.
Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.
My writing is nothing, my boxing is everything.
We're always lucky,' I said and like a fool I did not knock on wood.
Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports... all the others are games.
For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.
As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.
I decided to stop drinking with creeps. I decided to drink only with friends. I've lost 30 pounds.
A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.
A wine shop was open and I went in for some coffee. It smelled of early morning, of swept dust, spoons in coffee-glasses and the wet circles left by wine glasses.
All bad writers are in love with the epic.
When I have an idea, I turn down the flame, as if it were a little alcohol stove, as low as it will go. Then it explodes and that is my idea.
God knows, people who are paid to have attitudes toward things, professional critics, make me sick; camp-following eunuchs of literature.
Rereading places you at the point where it has to go on, knowing it is as good as you can get it up to there. There is always juice somewhere.
Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintry light.
They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.
If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.
The only decent bone in her body was mine.
I've seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.
You know you're writing well when you're throwing good stuff into the wastebasket.
Scott was a man then who looked like a boy with a face between handsome and pretty... The mouth worried you until you knew him and then it worried you more.
Do you have other things like that to look forward to?
Just everyday. I look forward to everyday.
Religion is the opium of the poor.
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.
Show the readers everything, tell them nothing.
I wished I had died before I loved anyone but her.
Best of all he loved the fall
the leaves yellow on the cottonwoods
leaves floating on the trout streams
and above the hills the high blue windless skies…now he will be a part of them forever.
If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.
Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure only death can stop it.
The cat has complete emotional honesty -- an attribute not often found in humans.
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.
The best ammunition against lies is the truth, there is no ammunition against gossip. It is like a fog and the clear wind blows it away and the sun burns it off.
Write as well as you can and finish what you start.
Hail nothing full of nothing, nothing is with thee.
The dentuso is cruel and able and strong and intelligent. But I was more intelligent than he was. Perhaps not, he thought. Perhaps I was only better armed.
All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.
It's all nonsense. It's only nonsense. I'm not afraid of the rain. I'm not afraid of the rain. Oh, oh, God, I wish I wasn't. She was crying. I comforted her and she stopped crying. But outside it kept on raining.
You must hold hard to life and do it. But life is a cheap thing beside a man's work. The only thing is that you need it. Hold it tight.
I am always in love.
Night is always darker before the dawn and life is the same, the hard times will pass, every thing will get better and sun will shine brighter then ever.
It is silly not to hope, besides I believe it is a sin." The Old Man and the Sea.
A writer should be of as great probity and honesty as a priest of God. He is either honest or not, as a woman is either chaste or not, and after one piece of dishonest writing he is never the same again.
I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, "Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.
All cowardice comes from not loving or not loving well, which is the same thing.
If the others heard me talking out loud they would think that I am crazy. But since I am not, I do not care.
It's none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.
The first draft of anything is garbage.
Before you quit, you have to try.
My father was a deeply sentimental man. And like all sentimental men, he was also very cruel.
I am thee and thou art me and all of one is the other.
There are so many good ones to paint and if you paint as well as you really can and keep out of all other things and do that, it is the true thing.
They can't yank a novelist like they can a pitcher. A novelist has to go the full nine, even if it kills him.
The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.
For a poet he threw a very accurate milk bottle.
I love to go to the zoo. But not on Sunday. I don't like to see the people making fun of the animals, when it should be the other way around.
Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.
Prose is architecture and the Baroque age is over.
The priest was good but dull. The officers were not good but dull. The King was good but dull. The wine was bad but not dull.
We thought of wine as something as healthy and normal as food and also as a great giver of happiness and well being and delight.
The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs.
We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.
How lazily the sun goes down in Granada, it hides beneath the water, it conceals in the Alhambra!
What is moral is what you feel good after.
Mai pensare che la guerra, anche se giustificata, non sia un crimine.
No weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee it to be a just one.
Going to another country doesn't make any difference. I've tried all that. You can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. There's nothing to that.
He was not in love yet, but he realized that he was an attractive quantity to women, and that the fact of a woman caring for him and wanting to live with him was not simply a divine miracle.
Until you're grown-up they send you to reform school. After you're grown-up they send you to the penitentiary.
Wearing down seven number two pencils is a good day's work.
I never trust frank and simple people whose stories hold together.
I used to play cello. My mother kept me out of school a whole year to study music and counterpoint. She thought I had ability, but I was absolutely without talent.
In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason.
In order to be a great writer a person must have a built-in, shockproof crap detector.
In America, they make such things of wire and of sponge-rubber, such as you use in the sets of tanks. You never know there, whether there is any truth in the matter, unless you are a bad boy as I am.
Intelligence is so damn rare and the people who have it often have such a bad time with it that they get bitter or propagandistic and then it's not much use.
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
The fun of talk is to explore, but much of it and all that is irresponsible should not be written. Once written you have to stand by it. You may have said it to see whether you believed it or not.
We only knew then that there was always the war, but that we were not going to it anymore.
Love is something that hangs up behind the bathroom door and smells of Lysol.
You are all a lost generation. with credit to Gertrude Stein.
She had the lovely high cheekbones for arrogance.
The world breaks everyone and afterwards many are strong at the broken places.
We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.
I kissed her hard and held her tight and tried to open her lips; they were closed tight.
Kui kergeks küll muutub süda, kui tead, et kõik on läbi, kui tead, et oled võidetud.
I'm not going to get into the ring with Tolstoy.
You never kill anyone you want to kill in a war, he said to himself.
You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering.
Mice: What is the best early training for a writer? Y.C.: An unhappy childhood.
Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be.
Everything you have is to give.
Man is not made for defeat.
The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.
I love you for all that you are, all that you have been, all that you're yet to be.
That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best -- make it all up -- but make it up so truly that later it will happen that way.
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.
Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
They arrested us after breakfast.
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 think I had ever seen a nastier-looking man. Under the black hat, when I had first seen them, the eyes had been those of an unsuccessful rapist.
Everything you have is to give. Thou art a phenomenon of philosophy and an unfortunate man.
Home is where the heart is, home is where the fart is.
Come let us fart in the home.
There is no art in a fart.
Still a fart may not be artless.
Let us fart and artless fart in the home.
Most people were heartless about turtles because a turtle's heart will beat for hours after it has been cut up and butchered. But the old man thought, I have such a heart too.
I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke that I was not happy.
The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.
If my Valentine you won't be, I'll hang myself on your Christmas tree.
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.
I've been in love (truly) with five women, the Spanish Republic and the 4th Infantry Division.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
You see I'm trying in all my stories to get the feeling of the actual life across, not just to depict life, or criticize it, but to actually make it alive.
I drank a bottle of wine for company. It was Chateau Margaux. It was pleasant to be drinking slowly and to be tasting the wine and to be drinking alone. A bottle of wine was good company.
And if there is not any such thing as a long time, nor the rest of your lives, nor from now on, but there is only now, why then now is the thing to praise and I am very happy with it.
Cheer up,' I said. 'All countries look just like the moving pictures.
Bigotry is an odd thing. To be bigoted you have to be absolutely sure that you are right and nothing makes that surety and righteousness like continence. Continence is the foe of heresy.
You will die like a dog for no good reason.
Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt, use it-don't cheat with it.
My life used to be full of everything. Now if you aren't with me I haven't a thing in the world.
When I saw her I was in love with her. Everything turned over inside of me. She looked toward the door, saw there was no one, then she sat on the side of the bed and leaned over and kissed me.
But life isn't hard to manage when you've nothing to lose.
There is no left and right in writing. There is only good and bad writing.
To hell with them. Nothing hurts if you don't let it.
I would like to take the great DiMaggio fishing," the old man said. "They say his father was a fisherman. Maybe he was as poor as we are and would understand.
I don't think I ever owned twenty pencils at one time. Wearing down seven number-two pencils is a good day's work.
I had never known any man to die while speaking in terza-rima.
But man is not made for defeat, he said. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
Do you know how an ugly woman feels? Do you know what it is to be ugly all your life and inside to feel that you are beautiful? It is very rare.
You may not believe this. No one believes this, but it is true.
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.
It's silly not to hope. It's a sin he thought.
If you're looking for messages, try Western Union.
You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself.
Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.
No horse named Morbid ever won a race.
He said we were all cooked but we were all right as long as we did not know it. We were all cooked. The thing was not to recognize it. The last country to realize they were cooked would win the war.
Augustin stood there looking down at him and cursed him speaking slowly clearly bitterly and contemptuously and cursing as steadily as though he were dumping manure on a field lifting it with a dung fork out of a wagon.
I had drunk much wine and afterward coffee and Strega and I explained, winefully, how we did not do the things we wanted to do; we never did such things.
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."
People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.
For sale: baby shoes, never worn.
A writer is like a gypsy. He owes no allegiance to any government. If he is a good writer he will never like any government he lives under. His hand should be against it and its hand will always be against him.
The first draft of everything is shit.
Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure only death can stop it. Financial security then is a great help as it keeps you from worrying.
Once in Africa I lost the corkscrew and we were forced to live off food and water for weeks.
Here is the piece. If you can't say fornicate can you say copulate or if not that can you say co-habit? If not that would have to say consummate I suppose. Use your own good taste and judgment.
I do not know what I thought Paris would be like, but it was not that way. It rained nearly every day.
The time to work is shorter all the time and if you waste it you ... have committed a sin for which there is no forgiveness.
The things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist.
They say the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered with better soil and with a higher grade of manure.
Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk... that will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
-- -Ernest Hemingway.
You're my religion. You're all I've got.
When you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead.
If a writer stops observing he is finished. Experience is communicated by small details intimately observed.
Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary.
Work every day. No matter what has happened the day or night before, get up and bite on the nail.
Nobody knows what's in him until he tries to pull it out. If there's nothing, or very little, the shock can kill a man.
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.
I've been wondering about Dostoyevsky. How can a man write so badly, so unbelievably badly, and make you feel so deeply?
All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.
Since I had started to break down all my writing and get rid of all facility and try to make instead of describe, writing had been wonderful to do.
And chase hard and good and with no mistakes and do not overrun them.
After you finish a book, you know, you're dead. But no one knows you're dead. All they see is the irresponsibility that comes in after the terrible responsibility of writing.
But man is not made for defeat," he said. "A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
He rested sitting on the un-stepped mast and sail and tried not to think but only to endure.
It is awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime, but at night it is another thing.
We are all broken. That's how the light gets in.
There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.
Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.
You are so brave and quiet, I forget you are suffering.
All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.
When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve.
Find the best writers, pay them to write, and avoid typos at all costs.
Work could cure almost anything.
Don't you like to write letters? I do because it's such a swell way to keep from working and yet feel you've done something.
That terrible mood of depression of whether it's any good or not is what is known as The Artist's Reward.
The cynical ones are the best companions. But the best of all are the cynical ones when they are still devout; or after; when having been devout, then cynical, they become devout again by cynicism.
I had an inheritance from my father, It was the moon and the sun. And though I roam all over the world, The spending of it's never done.
I love to write. But it has never gotten any easier to do and you can't expect it to if you keep trying for something better than you can do.
Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth.
The only thing that could spoil a day was people.
The bicycle riders drank much wine, and were burned and browned by the sun. They did not take the race seriously except among themselves.
It wasn't by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short.
"That moron," said Harvey. Cohn came up to our table.
"Hello you bums," he said.
"Hello, Robert," Harvey said. "I was just telling Jake here that you're a moron."
There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.
I drink to make other people more interesting.
Isn't it pretty to think so.
There are many who do not know they are fascists but will find it out when the time comes.
Fish," he said, "I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends.
"Ay," he said aloud. There is no translation for this word and perhaps it is just a noise such as a man might make, involuntarily, feeling the nail go through his hands and into the wood.
Cowardice... is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination.
I had seen nothing sacred, and the things that were glorious had no glory and the sacrifices were like the stockyards at Chicago if nothing was done with the meat except to bury it.