Ernest Hemingway quote about begging from The Old Man and the Sea - First you borrow. Then you beg.
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First you borrow. Then you beg.
 Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea (1952). copy citation

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"One sheet. That's two dollars and a half. Who can we borrow that from?"
"That's easy. I can always borrow two dollars and a half."
"I think perhaps I can too. But I try not to borrow. First you borrow. Then you beg."
"Keep warm old man," the boy said. "Remember we are in September."
"The month when the great fish come," the old man said. "Anyone can be a fisherman in May."
"I go now for the sardines," the boy said.” source

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