Ernest Hemingway quote about turtle from The Old Man and the Sea - Most people are heartless about turtles because a turtle's heart will beat for hours after he has been cut up and butchered. . . . I have such a heart too and my feet and hands are like theirs.
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Most people are heartless about turtles because a turtle's heart will beat for hours after he has been cut up and butchered. . . . I have such a heart too and my feet and hands are like theirs.
 Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea (1952). copy citation

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“He loved green turtles and hawks-bills with their elegance and speed and their great value and he had a friendly contempt for the huge, stupid loggerheads, yellow in their armour-plating, strange in their love-making, and happily eating the Portuguese men-of-war with their eyes shut.
He had no mysticism about turtles although he had gone in turtle boats for many years. He was sorry for them all, even the great trunk backs that were as long as the skiff and weighed a ton. Most people are heartless about turtles because a turtle's heart will beat for hours after he has been cut up and butchered. But the old man thought, I have such a heart too and my feet and hands are like theirs. He ate the white eggs to give himself strength. He ate them all through May to be strong in September and October for the truly big fish.
He also drank a cup of shark liver oil each day from the big drum in the shack where many of the fishermen kept their gear.” source

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