Ernest Hemingway
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"Ernest Miller Hemingway" was an American author and journalist. His economical and Iceberg Theory/understated style had a strong influence on 20th century in literature/20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. Additional works, including three novels, four short story collections, and three non-fiction works, were published posthumously. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature.

Hemingway was raised in Oak Park, Illinois. After high school he reported for a few months for The Kansas City Star, before leaving for the Italian Front (World War I)/Italian front to enlist with the List of ambulance drivers during World War I/World War I ambulance drivers. In 1918, he was seriously wounded and returned home. His wartime experiences formed the basis for his novel A Farewell to Arms (1929).

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In order to write about life, first you must live it!

Never mistake motion for action.

Live life to the fullest.

Let him think I am more man than I am and I will be so.

When you have a child, the world has a hostage.

I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?

Humility is not disgraceful, and carries no loss of true pride.

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.

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.

Develop a built-in bullshit detector.

But did thee feel the earth move?

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.

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.

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

Never confuse movement with action.

If two people love each other, there can be no happy end to it.

Grace under Pressure.

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.

Courage is grace under pressure.

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.

America is the land of wide lawns and narrow minds.

I'm not going to climb into the ring with Tolstoy.

All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.

Certainly there is no hunting like the hunting of man and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never really care for anything else thereafter.

When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.

The shortest answer is doing the thing.

I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.

[What is the definition of guts?] Grace under pressure.

The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.

I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently.