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Ernest Hemingway on his craft of writing

All good books have one thing in common – they are truer than if they had really happened, and after you’ve read one of them you will find that all that happened, happened to you and then it belongs to you forever: the happiness and unhappiness, good and evil, ecstasy and sorrow, the food, wine, beds, people and the weather. If you can give that to readers, then you’re a writer. Any man’s life, told truly, is a novel. There is no rule on how it is to write. There are events which are so great that if a writer…

10 Remarkable Quotes of Ernest Hemingway

There’s no one thing that is true. They’re all true. What is moral is what you feel good after. Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. Man is not made for defeat. 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. Courage is grace under pressure. Never mistake motion for action. Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones. All you have to do is write one true sentence. The…

Ernest Hemingway on effective writing

I couldn’t refer to authors’ rules on effective writing without mentioning my favourite writer and his perspective on what makes great writing. Ernest Hemingway wrote a lot about writing. Here’s a few rules from the Master on what it takes to write well. Use short sentences and short first paragraphs. Use vigorous English – passion, focus and intention. Be positive, not negative. Spend time to edit and rewrite. (“I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit,” Hemingway confided to F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1934. “I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.”)   Joanna Young of…

Musings of Ernest Hemingway

Readers of By George Journal will know one of our oft-quoted authors is Ernest Hemingway. Here are some favourite quotes. Courage is grace under pressure. Man is not made for defeat. Never mistake motion for action. Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. 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. There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things, and…

Ernest Hemingway on Writing

In October of 1954, Ernest Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Although he did not attend the awards ceremony, the following remarks were read for him at the Nobel Banquet in Stockholm on December 10, 1954.   Hemingway commented on his craft:          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…

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Our 10 FAV Hemingway Quotes

  There is no one thing that’s true. It’s all true. Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all other days that ever come depend on what you do today. “But man is not made for defeat,” he said. “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” Courage is grace under pressure. Every one has to do what he can do according to how it can be truly done. Never confuse movement with action. What is moral is what you feel good after. Nobody knows what’s in him until…

Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea is Ernest Hemingway’s last major work of fiction, first published in 1952. The book won a Pultizer Prize for Fiction in 1953 and Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. On the surface, it is a tale of an aged fisherman and his struggle to land a giant marlin. At a deeper level, this classic novel studies man’s resolution, faith and endurance in the face of defeat. Here are a dozen great quotes from this timeless story: Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact.…

Hemingway: For Whom the Bell Tolls

Hemingway’s 1940 epic war story, For Whom the Bell Tolls, provides glimpses into the author’s personal perspectives of the Spanish Civil War – and his bold, stark insights into war and politics, and killing, dying and the coming to terms with one’s mortality.  It is a novel preoccupied with death and, at the same time, with the nurturing of hope in the face of the atrocities of war.   Here are a dozen bons mots from the book: Every one has to do what he can do according to how it can be truly done. For what are we born…