Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bullfighters.
All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and the afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse, and sorrow, the people and places and how the weather was.
Topics: Books, Literature, Reading
He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.
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.
But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
You make your own luck, Gig. You know what makes a good loser? Practice.
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.
Life breaks us all, but afterwards, many of us are strongest at the broken places.
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.
Topics: Books, Literature
I read my own books sometimes to cheer me when it is hard to write and then I remember that it was always difficult and how nearly impossible it was sometimes.
Topics: Perseverance, Endurance, Resolve
I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
All thinking men are atheists.
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