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8. A writer ought always to write as if he were going to die at the end of the book.
9. To Have and Have Not: contains notes towards the definition of a decaying culture. Attacking the problem of cultural synecdoche—summarising dramatically the moral predicament of his times. Depressed America atomised by using a microscope on Key West. Embody notes, don’t preach.
10. Harry the artist had traded on his talent instead of using it. He had supposed that he could write stories about the “very rich,” as if he were a kind of “spy in their country” while still remaining ethically separate from them. Instead he had merely surrendered to creature-comfort and mental laziness.
11. “Writers should work alone. They should see each other only after their work is done, and not too often then. Otherwise they become like writers in NY. All angleworms in a bottle, trying to derive knowledge and nourishment from their own contact and from the bottle. Sometimes the bottle is shaped art, sometimes economics, sometimes economics-religion. But once they are in the bottle they stay there. They are lonesome outside the bottle. They do not want to be lonesome. They are afraid to be alone in their beliefs.” Other writers tried to save their souls with what they wrote, or were ruined by “the first money, the first praise, the first attack.”
12. Development of emotional intensity. Capacity for the enlargement of character to heroic proportions.
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1. (Politics) “The writer can make a nice career while he is alive by espousing a political cause....but none of this will help him as a writer unless he finds something new to add to human knowledge while he is writing.”
2. (Economics) “Books should be about the people you know, that you love and hate, not about the people you study up about. If you write them truly they will have all the economic implications a book can hold.”
3. Write fiction that survives. “A country, finally, erodes and the dust blows away, the people all die and none of them were of any importance permanently, except those who practiced the arts...A thousand years makes economics silly and a work of art endures forever, but it is very difficult to do and now it isn’t very fashionable.”
4. Veteran of WWI, newspaper correspondent... “It’s not enough to have a big heart, a pretty good head, a charm of personality, baggy pants, and a facility with a typewriter to know how the world is run; and who is making the assists, the put-outs, and the errors; and who are merely players and who are the owners...No history is written honestly.”
5. The artist must show that everyone’s blood is the same.
6. War and Peace taught him to, “distrust my Thinking with a capital T and to try to write as truly, as straightly, as objectively and as humbly as possible.”
7. Fad as enemy of writers, even if financially compensated. “The hardest thing in the world to do is to write straight honest prose on human beings. First you have to know the subject; then you have to know how to write. Both take a lifetime to learn, and anybody is cheating who takes politics as a way out. All the outs are too easy, and the thing itself is too hard to do.” #writersofinstagram#writing#quote#inspiration#thoughts#book#story#author#bookstagram#hemingway#wordgasm#feelings#writersnetwork#poets#novel#literature#inspirationalquotes#instaquote#books#stories#reading#truth#motivationalquotes#lifequotes#novel#booklover#motivational