Important Lines of “Old Man and the Sea” for Quoting As Textual References

Important Lines of “Old Man and the Sea” for Quoting As Textual References:

1) “If you were my boy, I’d take you out and gamble,’ he said. But you are your father’s and your mother’s and you are in a lucky boat.”

2) “Que Va (what does it matter?)”, the boy said. “There are many good fishermen and some great ones. But there is only you.”

3) “I may not be as strong as I think,” the old man said. “But I know many tricks and I have resolution.”

4) “Fish, he said softly, aloud, “I’ll stay with you until I am dead.”

5) “Fish, he said, “I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you and dead before this day ends.”

6) I wonder why he jumped, the old man thought. He jumped almost as though to show me he big he was. I now know anyway, he thought. I wish I could show him what sort of man I am.

7) “How do you feel, fish?” he asked aloud. “I feel good and my left hand is better and I have food for night and a day. Pull the boat, fish.”

8) I do not understand these things, he thought. But it is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or the moon or the stars. It is enough to live on the sea and kill our true brothers.

9) He felt faint again now but he held on the great fish all the stain that he could. I moved him, he thought. May be this time I can get him over. Pull, hand, he thought.

10) You are killing me, fish, the old man thought. But you have a right to. Never have I seen a greater, or more beautiful, or a calmer or nobler thing than you, brother. Come on and kill me. I do not care who kills who.

11) The old man felt faint and sick and he could not see well. But he cleared the harpoon line and let it run slowly through his raw hands, and when he could see, he saw the fish was on his back with silver belly up.

12) “He took about forty ponds,” the old man said aloud. He took my harpoon too and all the rape, he thought, and no my fish bleeds again and there will be others.”

13) You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and to sell for food, he thought. You killed him for pride and because you are a fisherman. You loved him when he was alive, and you loved him after. If you love him, if is not a sin to kill him.

14) Now they have beaten me, he thought. I am too old to club sharks to death. But I will try it as long as I have the oars and the short club and the tiller.

15) “The hell with luck,” the boy said. “I’ll bring the luck with me.”


1) “The boy bark, but the caravan goes on.”
(Quote it when you discuss the criticism of the fishermen on the old man. The old man does not care for this criticism)

2) “The mind is its own place and in itself. And can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heave.”

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