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Ernest Hemingway: Who wins wars?


Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

American writers on peace and against war

Ernest Hemingway: Selections on war


Ernest Hemingway
From A Farewell to Arms (1929)


“What do you think of the war really?” I asked.

“I think it is stupid.”

“Who will win it?”



“They are a younger nation.”

“Do younger nations always win wars?”

“They are apt to for a time.”

“Then what happens?”

“They become older nations.”

“You said you were not wise.”

“Dear boy, that is not wisdom. That is cynicism.”

“It sounds very wise to me.”

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  1. October 14, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Reblogged this on nidagulniazi and commented:
    Ernest Hemingway’s brilliant response to the utter dehumanizing nature of the war.

  2. October 15, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Cynicism is a lack of imagination disguised as wisdom. That said, I love me some Hemingway, even if he was wrong about Italy. Great share!

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