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The Old Man and the Sea The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
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“Up the road, in his shack, the old man was sleeping again. He was still sleeping on his face and the boy was sitting by him watching him. The old man was dreaming about the lions.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“Only I have no luck any more. But who knows? Maybe today. Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“He did not say that because he knew that if you said a good thing it might not happen.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“Now he was proving it again. Each time was a new time and he never thought about the past when he was doing it.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“Be patient, hand," he said. "I do this for you.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“The clouds were building up now for the trade wind and he looked ahead and saw a flight of wild ducks etching themselves against the sky over the water, then blurring, then etching again and he knew no man was ever alone on the sea.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“Man is not made for defeat.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“She is kind and very beautiful. But she can be so cruel and it comes so suddenly and such birds that fly, dipping and hunting, with their small sad voices are made too delicately for the sea.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“Fish," the old man said. "Fish, you are going to have to die anyway. Do you have to kill me too?”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
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“He was too simple to wonder when he had attained humility. But he knew he had attained it and he knew it was not disgraceful and it carried no loss of true pride.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“I think perhaps I can too.
But I try not to borrow.
First you borrow. Then you beg.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“It was considered a virtue not to talk unnecessarily at sea...”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“But I think the Great DiMaggio would be proud of me today.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“Just before it was dark, as they passed a great island of Sargasso weed that heaved and swung in the light sea as though the ocean were making love with something under a yellow blanket, his small line was taken by a dolphin. He saw it first when it jumped in the air, true gold in the last of the sun and bending and flapping wildly in the air.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“I wonder if he has any plans or if he is just as desperate as I am?”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“His choice had been to stay in the deep dark water far out beyond all snares and traps and treacheries. My choice was to go there to find him beyond all people. Beyond all people in the world. Now we are joined together and have been since noon. And no one to help either one of us.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“But, thank God, [the fish] are not as intelligent as we who kill them; although they are more noble and more able.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“The old man looked at him with his sun-burned, confident loving eyes.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“The old man opened his eyes and for a moment he was coming back from a long way away. Then he smiled.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“الاستيقاظ مبكِّراً هو وحده الذي يليق بالرجال”
إرنست همنجواي, The Old Man and the Sea
“Half fish," he said. "Fish that you were. I am sorry that I went too far out. I ruined us both. But we have killed many sharks, you and I, and ruined many others. How many did you ever kill, old fish? You do not have that spear on your head for nothing.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“Hail Mary full of Grace the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.' Then he added, 'Blessed Virgin, pray for the death of this fish wonderful though he is.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“What kind of a hand is that,' he said. 'Cramp then if you want. Make yourself into a claw. It will do you no good.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“During the night two porpoises came around the boat and he could hear them rolling and blowing. He could tell the difference between the blowing noise the male made and the sighing blow of the female.

'They are good,' he said. 'They play and make jokes and love one another. They are our brothers like the flying fish.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“The fish is my friend too," he said aloud. "I have never seen or heard of such a fish. But I must kill him. I am glad we do not have to try to kill the stars.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“Pain does not matter to a man.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“Then, while the old man was clearing the lines and preparing the harpoon, the male fish jumped high into the air beside the boat to see where the female was and then went down deep, his lavender wings, that were his pectoral fins, spread wide and all his wide lavender stripes showing. He was beautiful, the old man remembered, and he had stayed.

That was the saddest thing I ever saw with them, the old man thought.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“The brown blotches of the benevolent skin cancer the sun brings from its reflection on the tropic sea were on his cheeks. The blotches ran well down the sides of his face and his hands had the deep-creased scars from handling heavy fish on the cords. But none of these scars were fresh. They were as old as erosions in a fishless desert.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“He is a great fish and I must convince him, he thought. I must never let him learn his strength nor what he could do if he made his run.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

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