Quote by Ernest Hemingway
Actually if a writer needs a dictionary he should not write. He should have read the dictionary at least three times from beginning to end and then have loaned it to someone who needs it. There are only certain words which are valid and similes (bring me my dictionary) are like defective ammunition (the lowest thing I can think of at this time).
This quote suggests that a writer should be well-versed in the vocabulary they use, to the extent that they don't need to rely on a dictionary while writing. The author suggests that a writer should have thoroughly read and understood a dictionary before attempting to write, and then graciously pass it on to someone else who may need it. The quote also criticizes the use of similes, comparing them to defective ammunition, implying that they are ineffective or undesirable in writing. Overall, the quote emphasizes the importance of mastering language and choosing words carefully in writing.