Ernest Hemingway quote about tenacity from The Old Man and the Sea - Fish . . . I'll stay with you until I am dead.
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Fish . . . I'll stay with you until I am dead.
 Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea (1952). copy citation

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“Certainly his back cannot feel as badly as mine does. But he cannot pull this skiff forever, no matter how great he is. Now everything is cleared away that might make trouble and I have a big reserve of line; all that a man can ask.
"Fish," he said softly, aloud, "I'll stay with you until I am dead."
He'll stay with me too, I suppose, the old man thought and he waited for it to be light. It was cold now in the time before daylight and he pushed against the wood to be warm. I can do it as long as he can, he thought.” source

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