Quotes By The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories

“I'd like to destroy you a few times in bed.”

“And that was the end of the beginning of that”

“That in some way he could work the fat off his soul the way a fighter went into the mountains to work and train in order to burn it out of his body”

“Please tell me what can I do. There must be something I can do”

“Life is a dunghill, and I'm the cock that gets to crow on it.”

“You did not have to like it because you understood it. He could beat anything, he thought, because no thing could hurt him if he did not care”

“If he lived by a lie he should try to die by it”

“However you make your living is where your talent lies”

“It was not her fault that when he went to her he was already over”

“I’d like to destroy you a few times in bed.”


I am a poor idealist. I am a victim of illusions. He laughed.”

“How what she had done could never matter since he knew he could not cure himself of loving her”

“When she goes, he though. I'll have all I want. Not all I want but all there is”

“You did not have to like it because you understood it.”

“It was never what he had done,but always what he could do. And he had chosen to make his living with something else instead of a pen or a pencil”


I never carry a gun. With my luck, if i carried a gun I would be hanged ten times a year.”


Do you have bad luck with all games?
With everything and with women. He smiled again, showng his bad teeth.
Truly? -Truly
And what is there to do?
-Continue, slowly, and wait for luck to change.”

“For this, that now was coming, he had very little curiosity. For years it had obseessed him; but now it meant nothing in itself. It was strange how easy being tired enough made it.

Now he would never write the things he had saved to write, until he knew enough to write them well”

“You know the only thing I've ever lost is curiosity," he said to her.

"You've never lost anything.You're the most complete man I've ever known”

“She had been married to a man who had never bored her and these people bored her very much”

“I always like the bad ones. I know he's a bad one of some sort.”


Everything is mucho simpler in a hospital, including jokes”

“And just then it occurred to him that he was going to die. It came with a rush; not as a rush of water nor of wind; but of a sudden, evil-smelling emptiness and the odd thing was that the hyena slipped lightly along the edge of it.”

“I guess you are all right. That was bad luck all right. Plenty bad luck.”

“Just as, with the radio, there are certain things that you become fond of, and you welcome them and resent the new things”