portrait of Ernest Hemingway
Writing in Kenya, 1953 photo for Look Magazine by Earl Theisen

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Quotes of the Day for 21 July 2003 – Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Miller Hemingway was born in his grandfather’s house at Chicago, Illinois on this day in 1899. His father taught all his children how to start fires, cook over them, tie flies, cast bullets, fishing and hunting. Hemingway's took a job as a reporter for the Kansas City Star instead of college. Eye damage from high-school boxing matches kept him from fighting in the first world war, but not from driving an ambulance in Italy for the Red Cross. After recovering from wounds sustained in combat, Hemingway stayed on the move, marrying four women in turn, covering the Spanish Civil War, and turning to novels featuring the same terse, clear style he learned as a reporter. "The Old Man and the Sea" won the Pulitzer in 1953 and led to the Nobel Prize in Literature the next year. Despite his intense life and literary success, he fell victim to depression by 1960 and took his own life.

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You will find an expanded profile, photo, additional biographical links, and all quotes from this author on the author's Notable Quotable page.

The quotes:

So far, 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.

All our words from loose using have lost their edge.

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

Never mistake motion for action.

The first and most important thing of all, at least for writers today, is to strip language clean, to lay it bare down to the bone.

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.

Why must all of the operations in life be performed without an anesthetic?
     - All from Ernest Hemingway, 1899 - 1961

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