The truest sentence that you know

“Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast.

I write my most focused writing early in the morning. I take Papa’s advice and I do my best. I’m thankful to have such a teacher as him.

14 thoughts on “The truest sentence that you know

  1. Great quote and your thoughts behind it. He lived at precisely the right time to influence me for a lifetime. What started me with Hemingway was my grandmother’s urging me to read. I read the sentence, “For sale, baby shoes; never worn.” And my mind filled in an entire story behind that sentence. I no longer remember the context, what works it came from, or even how the sentence was precisely written, but I never forgot the power it had over my imagination.

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    • From what I understand, Hemingway was challenged by F. Scott Fitzgerald to write a story using six words. Hemingway produced the heart wrenching story you’ve just quoted. A large fear of mine is to run out of Hemingway.

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      • Thank you for bringing that back. I need to revisit it. I think if you do run out, you’ll be able to write your own in a way that would please him. That would be a worthy challenge from him.

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  2. That is one of my favourite quotes about writing, and something I strive to accomplish; out of all of the thousands of words I have written and will write, I can only hope to have one true sentence.


    • I’ve read some of your work. I think you write very well and hope you achieve your goal. I was reading Hemingway in public recently when a man asked to read a portion. He immediately commented on the improper grammar usage and said that it was a run on sentence. I asked the man if he was aware of who Hemingway was and what he was known for. He did not. I found the moment fascinating. Anyway, thank you for the comment and good morning.

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