If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of the iceberg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water.
Hemingway stood for economy of words. Leave things unsaid, if they are clear from the context. Write from experience, create scenes from imagination, and write, not speak it. This has been his motto.
The character from the Nobel prize winning novel The Old Man and The Sea, Santiago says,
“Man is not made for defeat….A man can be destroyed but not defeated“.
Ernest Miller Hemingway
July 21, 1899
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
July 2, 1961 (aged 61)
Ketchum, Idaho, U.S.
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1953)
Nobel Prize in Literature (1954)