Ernest Hemingway was born on this day in 1899 -- if he were alive, it'd be his 115th birthday. To celebrate, we've wrangled up 15 photos that best illustrate his adventuresome spirit.
The events of his life sound like the stuff of novels: his service as an ambulance driver during World War I, his two near-death experiences while on a safari in Africa, his sail through the Caribbean aboard a 38-foot fishing boat. His rugged life earned him a reputation for being almost comically masculine, and when the words "alpha male" are uttered, he's one of the examples that springs to mind.
Below are 15 photos of Ernest Hemingway being the ultimate alpha male:
"Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime." -- foreword to Treasury for the Free World, 1946
"Exactly what do you mean by 'guts'?"
"I mean," Ernest Hemingway said, "grace under pressure."
-- attributed in Dorothy Parker's "The Artist's Reward," New Yorker, 1929
"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." -- attributed by William C. Knott, 1973
"Let him think that I am more man than I am and I will be so." -- from The Old Man and the Sea
"But life isn't hard to manage when you've nothing to lose." -- from A Farewell to Arms
"Never confuse movement with action." -- attributed by Marlene Dietrich in Papa Hemingway
"The way to hunt is for as long as you live against as long as there is such and such an animal." -- from The Green Hills of Africa
"It wasn’t by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. The laws of prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of mathematics, of physics." -- letter to Maxwell Perkins, 1945