Do you think that Hemingway knew he was a writer at twenty years old? No, he did not. Or Fitzgerald, or Wolfe. This is a difficult concept to grasp. Hemingway didn't know he was Ernest Hemingway when he was a young man. Faulkner didn't know he was William Faulkner. But they had to take the first step. They had to call themselves writers. That is the first revolutionary act a writer has to make. It takes courage. But it's necessary. Pat Conroy
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This quote is inspired by the life of Ernest Hemingway who was a writer at age twenty. At first he thought that writing was something that was out of his reach, but after hard work and determination, he eventually became known as one of the greatest writers in the world. Even though we may not be able to become famous writers at such a young age, we can take this quote and use it to drive us towards our dreams and goals. We can start this by getting a pen and paper and writing down what we want to be. If we don't know what we want to do with our lives, then how can we achieve those goals? We need to do some research on our interests and hobbies so that we know what will lead us towards our dreams.

Source: My Losing Season: A Memoir

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  1. I wanted to become the seeker, the aroused and passionate explorer, and it was better to go at it knowing nothing at all, always choosing the unmarked bottle, always choosing your own unproven method, armed with nothing but faith and a belief in astonishment.

  2. I’ve never had anyone’s approval, so I’ve learned to live without it.

  3. It did not look like the work of God, but it might have represented the handicraft of a God with a joyous sense of humor, a dancing God who loved mischief as much as prayer, and playfulness as much as mischief.

  4. The tide was a poem that only time could create, and I watched it stream and brim and makes its steady dash homeward, to the ocean.

  5. Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration.

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