Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway on the oft-heavy toll of life learning

There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things and because it takes a man’s life to know them, the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave.
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), in Death in the Afternoon, p. 153. Cited in the epigraph of A. E. Hotchner‘s, Papa Hemingway: A Personal Memoir (1955), p. vi.

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"There are some things which cannot be learned quickly"