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'For Whom the Bell Tolls' Quotes

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  • "In war cannot say what one feels."
    - Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Chapter 25

  • "It is right, he told himself, not reassuringly, but proudly. I believe in the people and their right to govern themselves as they wish. But you mustn't believe in killing, he told himself. You must do it as a necessity but you must not believe in it. If you believe in it the whole thing is wrong."
    - Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ch. 26

  • "[El Sordo] was not at all afraid of dying but he was angry at being on this hill which was only utilizable as a place to die... Dying was nothing and he had no picture of it or fear of it in his mind."
    - Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ch. 27

  • "Living was a hawk in the sky. Living was an earthen jar of water in the dust of the threshing with the grain flailed out and the chaff blowing. Living was a horse between your legs and a carbine under one leg and a hill and a valley and a stream with trees along it and the far side of the valley and the hills beyond."
    - Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ch. 27

  • "There is no language so filthy as Spanish. There are words for all the vile words in English and there are other words and expressions that are used only in countries where blasphemy keeps pace with the austerity of religion."
    - Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ch. 27

  • "I guess really good soldiers are really good at very little else."
    - Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ch. 30

  • "There is no finer and no worse people in the world. No kinder people and no crueler."
    - Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ch. 31

  • "It was easier to live under a regime than fight it."
    - Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ch. 34

  • "His rage began to thin as he exaggerated more and more and spread his scorn and contempt so widely and unjustly that he could no longer believe in it himself."
    - Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ch. 35

  • "That isn't much of a wedding present. But is not a good night's sleep supposed to be priceless? You had a good night's sleep. See if you can wear that like a ring on your finger."
    - Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ch. 35

  • "There isn't any need to deny everything there's been just because you are going to lose it."
    - Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ch. 38

  • "This was the greatest gift that he had, the talent that fitted him for war; that ability not to ignore but to despise whatever bad ending there could be. This quality was destroyed by too much responsibility for others or the necessity of undertaking something ill planned or badly conceived."
    - Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ch. 39

  • "His gray face had a look of decay. His face looked as though it were modeled from the waste material you find under the claws of a very old lion."
    - Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ch. 42

  • "In his mind he was commanding troops; he had the right to interfere and this he believed to constitute command."
    - Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ch. 42

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