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Thoughts on “The Old Man and the Sea”

Posted on January 27th, 2017

Just picked up Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea” [ISBN 9780684801223] at the Goodwill bookstore by my therapist’s office. Here’s the wisdom $2 got me:

  • There’s always a way to keep going and doing your thing if you really want it (p 14)
  • “It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes, you are ready.” (p 32)
  • Clear away what might make trouble in your life (p 52)
  • If people haven’t experienced your pain, they just don’t understand and wont get it (p 68)
  • “I am as clear as the stars that they are my brothers.” (p 77)
  • If you’re having a negative thought, just tell yourself to stop thinking about it! (p 88, 111)
  • Giving up is so easy once you realize you’re beaten (p 120)

The old man is so wise and even curses himself for being so. The tale is simple and deep. I recommend it if you want a classic to read in an afternoon. (oh yea bonus, it’s so short)

It felt good to get a book and finish it a few days later. I’m a slow reader and I rarely get to feel these little accomplishments, especially because I never actually finish books. But here’s hoping the old man has got me on a better trend.