Let live

Worcestershire

Senior Member
“ For Christ sake write and don’t worry about what the boys will say and whether it is a masterpiece nor what. I write one page of masterpiece to ninety one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket. You feel you have to publish crap to make money to live and let live”

Hemingway to F Scott Fitzgerald, 1934 from “Hemingway on Writing

What does “ let live” mean?
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    The phrase “live and let live” is a very common idiom. It means get on with your own life without interfering with how other people live theirs.
     

    sound shift

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I agree, but Hemingway appears to be saying (1) that one needs money to live - which of course I agree with - and (2) that one needs money in order to avoid interfering in the lives of others - and this seems a strange notion to me.
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It’s not a standard use of it, that’s for sure. But it’s clearly a very informal letter, which reads like imperfect casual conversation. (I believe Hemingway is known to have been fond of a tipple. :D)
     
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