"The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway
- dream of the lions on the beach
- to kill the fish
- "There was no cast net and the boy remembered when they had sold it. ...
- "He always thought of the sea as la mar which is what people call her in Spanish when they love her....
- "But, he thought, I keep them with precision. ...
- "He loved green turtles and hawk-bills with their elegance and speed and their great value and he ha...
- if you said a good thing it might not happen
- "I wish I was the fish, he thought, with everything he has against only my will and my intelligence....
- "“I told the boy I was a strange old man,” he said. ...
- A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
- "The dentuso is cruel and able and strong and intelligent. ...
"After that he began to dream of the long yellow beach and he saw the first of the lions come down onto it in the early dark and then the other lions came and he rested his chin on the wood of the bows where the ship lay anchored with the evening off-shore breeze and he waited to see if there would be more lions and he was happy." (#40 812)
"He did not dream of the lions but instead of a vast school of porpoises that stretched for eight or ten miles and it was in the time of their mating and they would leap high into the air and return into the same hole they had made in the water when they leaped." (#40 807)
"He no longer dreamed of storms, nor of women, nor of great occurrences, nor of great fish, nor fights, nor contests of strength, nor of his wife. He only dreamed of places now and of the lions on the beach. They played like young cats in the dusk and he loved them as he loved the boy. He never dreamed about the boy." (#40 212)
"I wish he’d sleep and I could sleep and dream about the lions, he thought. Why are the lions the main thing that is left? Don’t think, old man, he said to himself, Rest gently now against the wood and think of nothing. He is working. Work as little as you can." (#40 648)
"It is silly not to hope, he thought. Besides I believe it is a sin. Do not think about sin, he thought. There are enough problems now without sin. Also I have no understanding of it. I have no understanding of it and I am not sure that I believe in it. Perhaps it was a sin to kill the fish. I suppose it was even though I did it to keep me alive and feed many people. But then everything is a sin. Do not think about sin. It is much too late for that and there are people who are paid to do it. Let them think about it. You were born to be a fisherman as the fish was born to be a fish. San Pedro was a fisherman as was the father of the great DiMaggio." (#40 1059)
"You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and to sell for food, he thought. You killed him for pride and because you are a fisherman. You loved him when he was alive and you loved him after. If you love him, it is not a sin to kill him. Or is it more?" (#40 1065)
"everything kills everything else in some way. Fishing kills me exactly as it keeps me alive." (#40 1073)
"Then he was sorry for the great fish that had nothing to eat and his determination to kill him never relaxed in his sorrow for him. How many people will he feed, he thought. But are they worthy to eat him? No, of course not. There is no one worthy of eating him from the manner of his behaviour and his great dignity." (#40 745)
"There was no cast net and the boy remembered when they had sold it. But they went through this fiction every day. There was no pot of yellow rice and fish and the boy knew this too." (#40 100)
"He always thought of the sea as la mar which is what people call her in Spanish when they love her. Sometimes those who love her say bad things of her but they are always said as though she were a woman. Some of the younger fishermen, those who used buoys as floats for their lines and had motorboats, bought when the shark livers had brought much money, spoke of her as el mar which is masculine. They spoke of her as a contestant or a place or even an enemy. But the old man always thought of her as feminine and as something that gave or withheld great favours, and if she did wild or wicked things it was because she could not help them. The moon affects her as it does a woman, he thought." (#40 260)
"But, he thought, I keep them with precision. 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." (#40 289)
"Then he will turn and swallow it, he thought. He did not say that because he knew that if you said a good thing it might not happen." (#40 400)
"I wish I was the fish, he thought, with everything he has against only my will and my intelligence." (#40 621)
"“I told the boy I was a strange old man,” he said. “Now is when I must prove it.” The thousand times that he had proved it meant nothing. Now he was proving it again. Each time was a new time and he never thought about the past when he was doing it." (#40 645)
"“But man is not made for defeat,” he said. “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”" (#40 1043)