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Useful as a Swiss army knife

September 4th, 2018 · No Comments

“The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof, shit detector.” – Ernest Hemingway (interviewed by George Plimpton in Paris Review)

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And don’t fall in

September 2nd, 2018 · No Comments

“Trying to write something of permanent value is a full-time job even though only a few hours a day are spent on the actual writing. A writer can be compared to a well. There are as many kinds of wells as there are writers. The important thing is to have good water in the well, […]

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Death in the forenoon

May 7th, 2016 · No Comments

“In the Guards Chapel at Wellington Barracks on Birdcage Walk, across from the former pig meadow and leper colony currently known as St. James’s Park, a full-throated congregation belted out the ‘Te Deum’ and prepared to take communion from the bishop of Maidstone. ‘To Thee all angels cry aloud,’ they sang, ‘the heavens and all […]

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Use an equalizer if necessary

October 12th, 2015 · No Comments

“You never saw a counterpuncher who was punchy. Never lead against a hitter unless you can outhit him. Crowd a boxer, and take everything he has, to get inside. Duck a swing. Block a hook. And counter a jab with everything you own.” – Ernest Hemingway (interview by Lillian Ross in The New Yorker)

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I wasn’t going to tell you, but . . .

August 8th, 2015 · No Comments

“All stories, if continued far enough, end in death and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.” – Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon

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Coincidental that it is Good Friday

April 3rd, 2015 · 2 Comments

“Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today.” – Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

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Ripe times await

April 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

“Wait until you’re hurt before you start to cry. Wait until the fight before you get angry.” – Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

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And nobody’s friend

April 1st, 2015 · No Comments

“No animal has more liberty than the cat; but it buries the mess it makes. The cat is the best anarchist.” – Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

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It can’t

March 31st, 2015 · No Comments

“How can the world be made better if there are no children of us who fight against the fascists?” – Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

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A good place to start

March 29th, 2015 · No Comments

“In combat there must be discipline. For many things are not as they appear. Discipline must come from trust and confidence.” – Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

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Retract your claws, little pussy

March 27th, 2015 · No Comments

“There is no one who cannot be hurt.” – Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

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But what’s that armband you’re wearing?

March 26th, 2015 · No Comments

“Your nationality and your politics did not show when you were dead.” – Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

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The self within the self

March 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

“Nothing is done to oneself that one does not accept.” – Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

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Stokes

March 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

“Prison is nothing. Prison only makes hatred.” – Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

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Not eternal, but a verity

March 21st, 2015 · No Comments

“To win a war we must kill our enemies. That has always been true.” – Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

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Sit in a room and wait

January 10th, 2015 · No Comments

“Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face […]

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Never is a long time

December 31st, 2012 · 2 Comments

“There was so much to write.  He had seen the world change; not just the events; although he had seen many of them and had watched the people, but he had seen the subtler change and he could remember how the people were at different times.  He had been in it and he had watched […]

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In the midst of the garden there are two trees

December 24th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“All things truly wicked start from an innocence.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

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A species of leech

December 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

“When you have two people who love each other, are happy and gay and really good work is being done by one or both of them, people are drawn to them as surely as migrating birds are drawn at night to a powerful beacon.  If the two people were as solidly constructed as the beacon […]

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An appetite for it

December 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

“I learned to understand Cézanne much better and to see truly how he made landscapes when I was hungry.  I used to wonder if he were hungry too when he painted; but I thought possibly it was only that he had forgotten to eat.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

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The supply of the second is copious

December 14th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“You should only read what is truly good or what is frankly bad.” – Gertrude Stein (quoted by Ernest Hemingway in A Moveable Feast)

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Keeping it up

December 13th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“I learned not to think about anything that I was writing from the time I stopped writing until I started again the next day.  That way my subconscious would be working on it and at the same time I would be listening to other people and noticing everything, I hoped; learning, I hoped; and I […]

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The orange peel method

December 12th, 2012 · No Comments

“I always worked until I had something done and I always stopped when I knew what was going to happen next.  That way I could be sure of going on the next day.  But sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of […]

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Not King’s Cabbage, neither

December 11th, 2012 · No Comments

“If you ever fight, then you must win it.  That’s all that counts.  All the rest is cabbage.” — Ernest Hemingway, Across the River and Into the Trees

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And don’t you ever forget it

December 10th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“All a man need ever do is obey.” — Ernest Hemingway, Across the River and Into the Trees

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You can bet on that

December 9th, 2012 · No Comments

“No horse named Morbid ever won a race.” — Ernest Hemingway, Across the River and Into the Trees

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Are there not many fascists in your country?

December 6th, 2012 · No Comments

The three were at the table now and the others sat close by except Pablo, who sat by himself in front of a bowl of the wine.  It was the same stew as the night before and Robert Jordan ate it hungrily. “In your country there are mountains?  With that name [Montana] surely there are […]

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Helps in other endeavors, too

December 5th, 2012 · No Comments

“In combat there must be discipline.  For many things are not as they appear.” — Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

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Otherwise, it couldn’t care less

December 4th, 2012 · No Comments

“No animal has more liberty than the cat; but it buries the mess it makes.  The cat is the best anarchist.” — Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

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Front and center

December 3rd, 2012 · 5 Comments

“Every damned thing is your own fault if you’re any good.” – Ernest Hemingway, Green Hills of Africa

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