Quotation of the Week: Ernest Hemingway

“From things that have happened . . . and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality….That is why you write and for no other reason.”

–Ernest Hemingway

This quotation arrived via degrees: quoted by Joyce Carol Oates, cited by Ruth Franklin, in Bookforum (with a final hat tip to Jessica Handler).