You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself.
A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.
I rewrote the ending to 'Farewell to Arms,' the last page of it, thirty-nine times before I was satisfied.
You're beautiful, like a May fly.
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.
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.
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.
There's no one thing that is true. They're all 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.
I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes.
An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.
The shortest answer is doing the thing.
There is no friend as loyal as a book.
I never had to choose a subject - my subject rather chose me.
Never mistake motion for action.
It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.
Pound's crazy. All poets are. They have to be. You don't put a poet like Pound in the loony bin.
But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
Time is the least thing we have of.
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.
No weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee it to be a just one.
I'm not going to get into the ring with Tolstoy.
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.
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
Man is not made for defeat.
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.
All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.
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.
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 should anybody be interested in some old man who was a failure?
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.
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.
Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter's honor.
That terrible mood of depression of whether it's any good or not is what is known as The Artist's Reward.
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.
I don't like to write like God. It is only because you never do it, though, that the critics think you can't do it.