The Old Man and the Sea
Strength and Skill Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
"He was a great manager," the boy said. "My father thinks he was the greatest." "Because he came here the most times," the old man said. "If Durocher had continued to come here each year your father would think him the greatest manager." (1.130, 1.131)
Greatness and prowess are subjective qualities in The Old Man and the Sea.
"Who is the greatest manager, really, Luque or Mike Gonzalez?"
"I think they are equal."
"And the best fisherman is you." (1.132-1.134)
The boy believes the old man’s prowess to be as great as the baseball players and managers he admires.
"I may not be as strong as I think," the old man said. "But I know many tricks and I have resolution." (1.139)
The old man relies on skill rather than brute strength.