Ernest Hemingway quote about man from The Old Man and the Sea - A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
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A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
 Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea (1952). copy citation

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“And God knows that I have seen big ones.
It was too good to last, he thought. I wish it had been a dream now and that I had never hooked the fish and was alone in bed on the newspapers.
"But man is not made for defeat," he said. "A man can be destroyed but not defeated." I am sorry that I killed the fish though, he thought. Now the bad time is coming and I do not even have the harpoon. The dentuso is cruel and able and strong and intelligent. But I was more intelligent that he was.” source

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