You can just look at a mountain and get a connection with God, you don't have to understand the mountain to feel that.
I feel it's my duty as a human being, as a person who is trying - like everybody else who thinks about the state of the world - to enhance the importance of multicultural connection.
The world breaks everyone or nearly everyone, of their childish illusions, assumptions and wishes, often painfully and afterwards due to the personal growth in practical experience, insight and the resulting wisdom many are strong at the broken places just like mended broken bones often are, and som
No, that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.
You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and to sell for food, he thought. You killed him for pride and because you are a fisherman. You loved him when he was alive and you loved him after. If you love him, it is not a sin to kill him. Or is it more?
You know I don't love any one but you. You shouldn't mind because some one else loved me.
My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
I rewrote the ending of 'Farewell to Arms' 39 times before I was satisfied.
Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bullfighters.
I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
Everyone my age had written a novel and I was still having difficulty writing a paragraph.
I've seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.
The rain will stop, the night will end, the hurt will fade. Hope is never so lost that it can't be found.
Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure only death can stop it.
All things truly wicked start from an innocence.
Read anything I write for the pleasure of reading it. Whatever else you find will be the measure of what you brought to the reading.
'For Whom the Bell Tolls' was a problem which I carried on each day. I knew what was going to happen in principle. But I invented what happened each day I wrote.
Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing.... For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.
My attitude toward punctuation is that it ought to be as conventional as possible. The game of golf would lose a good deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green. You ought to be able to show that you can do it a good deal better than anyone else with the regular tool
But in the night he woke and held her tight as though she were all of life and it was being taken from him. He held her feeling she was all of life there was and it was true.
If the wind rises it can push us against the flood when it comes.
They say the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered with better soil and with a higher grade of manure.