Quotation by Ernest Hemingway

All the critics who could not make their reputations by discovering you are hoping to make them by predicting hopefully your approaching impotence, failure and general drying up of natural juices. Not a one will wish you luck or hope that you will keep on writing unless you have political affiliations in which case these will rally around and speak of you and Homer, Balzac, Zola and Link Steffens.
Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961), U.S. author. repr. In By-Line Ernest Hemingway, ed. William White (1967). "Old Newsman Writes: A Letter from Cuba," Esquire (New York, Dec. 1934).

A.E. Hotchner, in his portrait Papa Hemingway, quoted Hemingway saying, "One battle doesn't make a campaign but critics treat one book, good or bad, like a whole goddamn war."
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