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Grace Under Pressure



I often see Ernest Hemingway quoted for a definition of courage, or "guts," as "grace under pressure." Too lazy to research the specific source, I asked Yahoo!Answers, and received the following.

Hemingway used it in a profile piece written by Dorothy Parker. 

Parker asked Hemingway: "Exactly what do you mean by 'guts'?" Hemingway replied: "I mean, grace under pressure."

The profile is titled, "The Artist's Reward" and it appeared in The New Yorker on November 30, 1929. 

The first published use of the phrase, however, was in an April 20, 1926 letter Hemingway wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald. The letter is reprinted in Ernest Hemingway: Selected Letters 1917-1961 edited by Carlos Baker, pages 199-201. 

Thank you, Yahoo!

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