Zitat des Tages von Ernest Hemingway:
Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.
Ezra was right half the time, and when he was wrong, he was so wrong you were never in any doubt about it.
Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.
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.
We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?
For a war to be just three conditions are necessary - public authority, just cause, right motive.
His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly's wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred.
The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.
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.
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.
Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.
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.
The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.
For a true writer, each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed.
Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.
I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.
Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.
When you go to war as a boy, you have a great illusion of immortality. Other people get killed, not you... Then, when you are badly wounded the first time, you lose that illusion, and you know it can happen to you.
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.
Cowardice... is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination.
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.
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.
Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth.
In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
I know now that there is no one thing that is true - it is all true.
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.
What is moral is what you feel good after, and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.
Courage is grace under pressure.
As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.
I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.