Ernest Hemingway quote about man from The Old Man and the Sea - Let him think I am more man than I am and I will be so.
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Let him think I am more man than I am and I will be so.
 Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea (1952). copy citation

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“I wonder why he jumped, the old man thought. He jumped almost as though to show me how big he was. I know now, anyway, he thought. I wish I could show him what sort of man I am. But then he would see the cramped hand. Let him think I am more man than I am and I will be so. I wish I was the fish, he thought, with everything he has against only my will and my intelligence.
He settled comfortably against the wood and took his suffering as it came and the fish swam steadily and the boat moved slowly through the dark water.” source

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