40 Charming Old Man and Sea Quotes Awarded By ERNEST HEMINGWAY

The Old Man and Sea Quotes is a story of a fisherman and a small boy-named Santiago in Havana.  The author describes this old fisherman -The old man was thin and gaunt with deep wrinkles in the back of his neck. The brown blotches of benevolent skin cancer the sun brings from its reflection on the tropical sea were on his cheeks.

The blotches ran well down the sides of his face and his hands had the deep-creased scars from handling heavy fish on the cords. But none of these scars were fresh. They were as old as erosions in a fishless desert.

Old Man and Sea Quotes

It was those forty days when the old man and a boy could not take a fish and the parents of the boy denied the boy to go fishing with the old man. – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated.  – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

The old man had taught the boy to fish and the boy loved him. – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

The Old Man and Sea Quotes

“Can I go out to get sardines for you for tomorrow?” – asked the boy to old man. – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

“No. Go and play baseball. I can still row and Rogelio will throw the net.”- Replied to the old man – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

“I would like to go. If I cannot fish with you, I would like to serve in some way.”- Boy – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

“You bought me a beer,” the old man said. “You are already a man.”- Old Man – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

“How old was I when you first took me in a boat?”- Old man – five replied to the boy. – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

“If you were my boy I’d take you out and gamble,” he said. “But you are your father’s and your mother’s and you are in a lucky boat.”- Said the old man looking at the boy – – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

Quotes from the Old Man and the Sea

“One,” the old man said. His hope and his confidence had never gone. But now they were freshening as when the breeze rises.- – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

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. – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

Beautifully Framed Lines : When the boy came back the old man was asleep in the chair and the sun was down. The boy took the old army blanket off the bed and spread it over the back of the chair and over the old man’s shoulders.

They were strange shoulders, still powerful although very old, and the neck was still strong too and the creases did not show so much when the old man was asleep and his head fallen forward. His shirt had been patched so many times that it was like the sail and the patches were faded to many different shades by the sun.

The old man’s head was very old though and with his eyes closed there was no life in his face. The newspaper lay across his knees and the weight of his arm held it there in the evening breeze. He was barefooted. – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

Touching Lines : “Keep the blanket around you,” the boy said. “You’ll not fish without eating while I’m alive.” _ Said the boy to old man. –  ERNEST HEMINGWAY

Quotes from Old Man and the Sea

“There is no such fish if you are still as strong as you say.” “I may not be as strong as I think,” the old man said. “But I know many tricks and I have a resolution.” – ERNEST HEMINGWAY – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

Sensible Conversation Between the Boy and the Old Man. – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

“You’re my alarm clock,” the boy said. – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

“Age is my alarm clock,” the old man said. “Why do old men wake so early? Is it to have one longer day?” – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

Quotes from Old Man and the Sea

“I don’t know,” the boy said. “All I know is that young boys sleep late and hard.” – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

“I can remember it,” the old man said. “I’ll wake you in time. – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

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 about her but they are always said as though she were a woman. – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

All my life the early sun has hurt my eyes, he thought. Yet they are still good. In the evening, I can look straight into it – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

without getting the blackness. It has more force in the evening, too. But in the morning it is painful.- ERNEST HEMINGWAY

Hemingway Old Man and the Sea Quotes

“Let him think that I am more man than I am and I will be so.” – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

“Why do old men wake so early? Is it to have one longer day?” – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

“If the others heard me talking out loud they would think that I am crazy. But since I am not crazy, I do not care.” – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

Most people were heartless about turtles because a turtle’s heart will beat for hours after it has been cut up and butchered. But the old man thought, I have such a heart too. – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

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? – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

It is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or the moon or the stars. It is enough to live on the sea and kill our true brothers. _ ERNEST HEMINGWAY

Hemingway Quotes about the Sea

Then the fish came alive, with his death in him, and rose high out of the water showing all his great length and width and all his power and his beauty. He seemed to hang in the air above the old man in the skiff. Then he fell into the water with a crash that sent spray over the old man and over all of the skiff. – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

It would be better to gut the dolphin a little later to save the blood in the meat – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

“Fish,” he said softly, aloud, “I’ll stay with you until I am dead.” – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

Hemingway Quotes about the Sea

“Why did they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so cruel?” – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

“Perhaps I should not have been a fisherman, he thought. But that was the thing that I was born for.” – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

“Do not think about sin,” he thought. There are enough problems now without sin. Also, I have no understanding of it.” – ERNEST HEMINGWAY

“What an excellent fish dolphin it is to eat cooked,” he said. “And what a miserable fish raw. I will never go in a boat again without salt or limes.” – ERNEST HEMINGWAY.

Ernest Hemingway Old Man and the Sea Quotes

“He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.”

“But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”

“Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.”

“He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.”

“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.”


“It is silly not to hope. Besides, I believe it is a sin.”

“I wish I was the fish,” he said. “But I was born a man.”

“He was an old man who fished alone and in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.”

“I am not religious. But I will say my prayers tonight and I will pray that I may fish until my dying day.”

In the vast expanse of The Old Man and the Sea, where the sea becomes a metaphor for life’s challenges and the indomitable spirit of the old man, Hemingway weaves a tapestry of wisdom through his poignant quotes.

From the relentless pursuit of the elusive fish to the resilience in the face of defeat, each quote resonates with the human experience. The concluding paragraph of these quotes invites reflection on the enduring themes of perseverance, dignity, and the eternal struggle against the forces of nature and destiny.

Hemingway’s prose, much like the sea itself, lingers in the reader’s mind, leaving an indelible mark and a timeless appreciation for the profound truths embedded in the narrative.

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