“There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.”

“There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.” – Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

Ernest Hemingway kneels while holding a pair of antelope horns during a African safari much like the ones that appear in his short stories.

Hemingway is arguably one of the greatest novelists and short-story writers of all time and his Nobel Prize for Literature (1954) certainly supports this assertion. That said the aforementioned quotation really requires additional explanation and context to be appreciated. I consider myself a fairly well-versed Hemingway enthusiast but I do not recall reading this line in the works I’ve read. I would be grateful for any additional information about the origin of this quote.

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3 thoughts on ““There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.”

  1. It can be found in an article in Esquire’s April 1936 issue titled “On the Blue Water: A Gulf Stream Letter”.

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