Saturday, July 27, 2013

Quote du jour

If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.

-Ernest Hemingway


  1. Humphrey Bogart to John Steinbeck upon being introduced - "Hemingway tells me you're not a very good writer." (Or words of that nature) Methinks the opposite is true. After plowing my way through Hemingway's "To Have and Have Not" I came to 2 conclusions - 1) Hemingway was a hack, & 2) that the movie, with Bogie and Bacall, was, at a minimum, 1000 times better than the book. At a minimum. Hemingway had NO business saying any other writer was not very good. End rant.

    1. Hemingway had some good stuff. I can't see becoming a fan boy and touring his house, like some folk do. Your Bogart exchange reminded me of one between Winston Churchill and George Bernard Shaw.

      Shaw sent Sir Winston two tickets to the opening night of his latest play, saying, "Bring a friend, if you have one". Sir Winston returned the tickets, saying, "Otherwise engaged. Will come the second night, if you have one."


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