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While browsing the internet a few days ago, I stumbled across this very interesting post over at Alex Shalman dot com titled “10 Life Lesson the Ernest Hemingway.” I found it so ironic, that I came across this post, when that same week I started reading – The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition.

In the post Robert of Flimjo.COM, describes now the best source for practical personal development is literature. And why nowhere else will you find better wisdom and insight to develop your sense of self and your character?

You will also find hidden pieces of advice and instruction. In other words, reading a great book not only provides you with a nice reading experience, but it also gives you value that far exceeds the price you paid for that book.

One the great writers you’ve inspired me is Ernest Hemingway, though I’ve just started reading some of his work. While Hemingway death was a tragedy, but he left behind legendary novels and collection of short stories that contain priceless guidance.

I strongly recommend you read “The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Finca Vigia Edition” if you want to learn about Ernest Hemingway.

Below is an “excerpt” from the post:

“It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees.” For Whom the Bell Tolls

A bit strong to start off this list quotes. Nevertheless I found it appropriate; it illustrates the value and fulfillment of living while sticking to your beliefs and ideas. The minute you surrender your beliefs, you sacrifice who you are, and you condemn yourself to a life of timid submission.

“You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. There’s nothing to that.” The Sun Also Rises.

Everyone has problems and flaws. But running away from a realization and an acknowledgment of those issues won’t solve anything. Wherever you go, they will follow you. The hardest thing to do is look in the mirror and say, “I’m going to fix this. I can change.”

“There is only now and if now is only two days, then two days is your life and everything in it will be in proportion. This is how you live a life in two days. And if you stop complaining and asking for what you will never get, you will have a good life.” For Whom the Bell Tolls.

One of the most important themes of For Whom the Bell Tolls is the well-known principle that one should “seize the day.” Yesterday doesn’t matter, and neither does tomorrow. Today is what you have, and it makes sense to make the best of it.

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