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Posted: 01 September 2005 at 8:47am | IP Logged Quote aviateur

Hello,

I would like to know what is the exactly quote:

"Never mistake motion for action" or "never confuse movement with action".

Do you know where this quote come from ?

Thank you.

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Posted: 01 September 2005 at 9:19am | IP Logged Quote HemingwayCenter

Hi A,

I found it in A E Hotchner's Papa Hemingway (page 28 of the paperback version at the end of Chapter One).

Marlene Dietrich the actress was having trouble deciding on whether to take a job and was talking to Hemingway about it.  Here's the passage from Hotchner's book as told by Dietrich:

"Why the indecision?" Hemingway asked.

"Well," I answered, "I feel I should work.  I should not waste my time.  It's wrong.  I think one appearance in London and one a year in Vegas is quite enough.  However, I'm probably just pampering myself, so I've been trying to convince myself to take the offer."

There was silence for a moment and I could visualize Ernest's beautiul face poised in thought.  He finally said:

"Don't do what you sincerely don't want to do.  Never confuse movement with action."

In those five words he gave me a whole philosophy.








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Posted: 01 September 2005 at 9:55am | IP Logged Quote aviateur

Thank you very much for your answer.

Yes, I agree for this quote and the philosophy inside. Mostly people and many political should practice it.

Best regards.

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Posted: 23 September 2005 at 2:17pm | IP Logged Quote rob on the job

Aviateur:

You have to watch out how you put the whole "Never confuse movement with action" philosophy into play.

For instance, my wife gave me grief about lounging in the easy chair and watching a football game. I sprang that quote on her and sat back confidently to watch her stagger under that profundity.

Two minutes later, I'm outside cleaning the leaves out of a gutter during a cold drizzling rain.

Some people just can't handle great ideas, I guess.
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