Back on April 20, 1926, Ernest Hemingway first used the phrase “grace under pressure” in print.

Ernest Hemingway used the phrase in a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald. The two met a year earlier in a Parisian bar called Dingo and began a rocky friendship that was often fueled by alcohol and envy.

Hemingway wrote about their relationship outright in his memoir A Moveable Feast which was published posthumously in 1964.

He says that “‘grace under pressure” is what he really meant when he used the words “guts” or “courage.”

“Guts never made any money for anybody except violin string manufacturers,” he says.

The phrase gained notoriety when in a profile piece written by Dorothy Parker asked Hemingway: “Exactly what do you mean by ‘guts’?” Hemingway replied: “I mean, grace under pressure.” The profile is titled, “The Artist’s Reward” and it appeared in The New Yorker on November 30, 1929.

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