1.It is what a man must do.
2.I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.
3.All my life the early sun has hurt my eyes, he thought. Yet they are still good.
4.My big fish must be somewhere.
5.The water was a dark blue now, so dark that it was almost purple.
6.Most people are heartless about turtles because a turtle’s heart will beat for hours after he has been cut up and butchered. But the old man thought, I have such a heart too and my feet and hands are like theirs.
7.Now is no time to think of baseball, he thought. Now is the time to think of only one thing. That which I was born for.
8.It was considered a virtue not to talk unnecessarily at sea and the old man had always considered it so and respected it. But now he said his thoughts aloud many times since there was no one that they could annoy.
9.He felt no strain nor weight and he held the line lightly. Then it came again. This time it was a tentative pull, not-solid nor heavy, and he knew exactly what it was.
10.If you said a good thing, it might not happen.
11.What I will do if he decides to go down, I don’t know. What I’ll do if he sounds and dies I don’t know. But I ‘ll do something. There are plenty of things I can do.
12.The position actually was only somewhat less intolerable; but he thought of it as almost comfortable.
13.What a great fish he is and what he will bring in the market if the flesh is good. He took the bait like a male and he pulls like a male and his fight has no panic in it. I wonder if he has any plans or if he is just as desperate as I am?
14.Perhaps I should not have been a fisherman, he thought. But that was the thing that I was born for.
15.Fish, I'll stay with you until I am dead.
16.I wish I could feed the fish, he thought. He is my brother. But I must kill him and keep strong to do it. Slowly and conscientiously he ate all of the wedge-shaped strips of fish.
17.I must save all my strength now. Christ, I did not know he was so big. I'll kill him though, In all his greatness and his glory.
18.Still I would rather be that beast down there in the darkness of the sea.
19.The fish is my friend too,I have never seen or heard of such a fish. But I must kill him. I am glad we do not have to try to kill the stars.
20.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.
21.I’m clear enough in the head, he thought. Too clear. I am as clear as the stars that are my brothers. Still I must sleep.
22.Now I must convince him and then I must kill him.
23.I must hold his pain where it is, he thought. Mine does not matter. I can control mine. But his pain could drive him mad.
24.Keep your head clear and know how to suffer like a man.