Left Out

The best decisions are often what you eliminate or say “No” to doing.

Similarly, the best art often arises from what you left out.

Consider the last line (maybe one of the best last lines in all of literature) from Hemingway’s A Farewell To Arms:

“After a while I went out and left the hospital and walked back to the hotel in the rain.”

The power of this sentence comes from yes, everything that came before in the novel, but also in all that Hemingway left out here. What he didn’t write. The result is a sentence that is spare and beautiful and haunting and we feel it all.

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