A. E. Hotchner quotes

  • Of course we all have our limits, but how can you possibly find your boundaries unless you explore as far and as wide as you possibly can? I would rather fail in an attempt at something new and uncharted than safely succeed in a repeat of something I have done.
    -- A. E. Hotchner

    #Motivational #Done #Limits

  • Back in the days when American billboard advertising was in flower [said Hemingway], there were two slogans that I always rated above all others: the old Cremo Cigar ad that proclaimed, Spit Is a Horrid Word-but Worse on the end of Your Cigar, and Drink Schlitz in Brown Bottles and Avoid that Skunk Taste. You don't get creative writing like that any more.
    -- A. E. Hotchner

    #Flower #Writing #Two

  • From the time I read my first Hemingway work, The Sun Also Rises, as a student at Soldan High School in St. Louis, I was struck with an affliction common to my generation: Hemingway Awe.
    -- A. E. Hotchner

    #School #Firsts #Sun

  • Ernest Hemingway was always uneasy in New York and liked being there less than in any other city he frequented.
    -- A. E. Hotchner

    #New York #Cities #Being There

  • Each day was a challenge of enjoyment, and he [Hemingway] would plan it out as a field general plans a campign.
    -- A. E. Hotchner

    #Challenges #Each Day #Fields

  • There are bullfighters who do it just for the money-they are worthless [said Hemingway]. The only one who matters is the bullfighter who feels it, so that if he did it for nothing, he would do it just as well. Same holds true for damn near everyone.
    -- A. E. Hotchner

    #Matter #Said #Payment

  • He [Hemingway] used a stand-up work place he had fashioned out of the top of of a bookcase near his bed. His portable typewriter was snugged in there and papers were spread along the top of the bookcase on either side of it. He used a reading board for longhand writing.
    -- A. E. Hotchner

    #Reading #Writing #Typewriters

  • Why is it parents think they help their kids by pretending things are better than they are?
    -- A. E. Hotchner

    #Kids #Thinking #Parent

  • When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.

  • Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.

  • If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.

  • Science, in the very act of solving problems, creates more of them.

  • Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.

  • Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. Delay may give clearer light as to what is best to be done.

  • But it's true, when you see some television, you carry it with you. It's like 90210. Tell me what young shows were being done then... We were thrilled about the ratings around the world.

  • I never consciously got into comedy. It was sort of one of those things where I was a theater student, I was acting, I was doing comedy, I was doing dramatic stuff, so it's been something that I've always done and enjoyed doing and had an instinct to be relatively good at.

  • Our God has boundless resources. The only limit is in us. Our asking, our thinking, our praying are too small. Our expectations are too limited.

  • When I test I never go right to the limit. Only because when you are below the limit you can go at the same speed all day, and that's the only way you can be absolutely sure about what you are testing.