Monday, April 29, 2013

Quote of the Day

Ernest Hemingway in his 1954 Nobel Prize speech:

Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. 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.

You got that right, Papa.

Via Andrew Sullivan.

One bark on “Quote of the Day

  1. Lonely only in terms of bars and parties and marriage. A writer sees and lives in the world he creates and communes with the shades therein. If he’s as good as Hemingway we will join him in that world and somehow he must know this – or hope for it. Therein lies his companionship. Hard on the real life wife/wives, though.

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