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69 Memorable Quotes by Ernest Hemingway

Popular Ernest Hemingway Quotes

Ernest Hemingway was one of the finest American novelist as well as journalist of 20th century. He was a Noble Prize winning author who was well known for his work such as The Old Man and The Sea and A Farewell to Arms. His books are regarded as classics in American literature. Below are some of his famous quotes.

Ernest Hemingway Quotes

  1. “Courage is grace under pressure.” – Ernest Hemingway
  2. “Before you talk: Listen; Before you react: Think; Before you spend: Earn; Before you quit: Try.” – Ernest Hemingway
  3. “I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” – Ernest Hemingway
  4. “Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth.” – Ernest Hemingway
  5. “Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now.” – Ernest Hemingway
  6. “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” – Ernest Hemingway
  7. “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ernest Hemingway
  8. “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” – Ernest Hemingway
  9. “My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.” – Ernest Hemingway
  10. “I decided that I would write one story about each thing that I knew about.” – Ernest Hemingway
  11. “The first draft of anything is shit.” – Ernest Hemingway
  12. “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” – Ernest Hemingway
  13. “There’s no one thing that’s true. It’s all true.” – Ernest Hemingway
  14. “As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.” – Ernest Hemingway
  15. “I drink to make other people more interesting.” – Ernest Hemingway
  16. “Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” – Ernest Hemingway
  17. “In order to write about life first you must live it.” – Ernest Hemingway
  18. “Never to go on trips with anyone you do not love.” – Ernest Hemingway
  19. “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway
  20. “But life isn’t hard to manage when you’ve nothing to lose.” – Ernest Hemingway
  21. “The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.” – Ernest Hemingway
  22. “Never confuse movement with action.” – Ernest Hemingway
  23. “The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.” – Ernest Hemingway
  24. “All things truly wicked start from innocence.” – Ernest Hemingway
  25. “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway
  26. “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway
  27. “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” – Ernest Hemingway
  28. “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” – Ernest Hemingway
  29. “Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.” – Ernest Hemingway
  30. “Write the best story that you can and write it as straight as you can.” – Ernest Hemingway
  31. “You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.” – Ernest Hemingway
  32. “The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” – Ernest Hemingway
  33. “If I started to write elaborately, or like someone introducing or presenting something, I found that I could cut that scroll-work or ornament out and throw it away…” – Ernest Hemingway
  34. “The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.” – Ernest Hemingway
  35. “What is moral is what you feel good after, and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.” – Ernest Hemingway
  36. “A man’s got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.” – Ernest Hemingway
  37. “Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.” – Ernest Hemingway
  38. “Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.” – Ernest Hemingway
  39. “Some people show evil as a great racehorse shows breeding. They have the dignity of a hard chancre.” – Ernest Hemingway
  40. “I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway
  41. “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway
  42. “For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try…” – Ernest Hemingway
  43. “The age demanded that we dance and jammed us into iron pants. And in the end the age was handed the sort of shit that it demanded.” – Ernest Hemingway
  44. “In the fall the war was always there but we did not go to it anymore.” – Ernest Hemingway
  45. “This wine is too good for toast-drinking, my dear. You don’t want to mix emotions up with a wine like that. You lose the taste.” – Ernest Hemingway
  46. “Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.” – Ernest Hemingway
  47. “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemingway
  48. “When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” – Ernest Hemingway
  49. “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” – Ernest Hemingway
  50. “Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.” – Ernest Hemingway
  51. “Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones.” – Ernest Hemingway
  52. “The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.” – Ernest Hemingway
  53. “All our words from loose using have lost their edge.” – Ernest Hemingway
  54. “There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.” – Ernest Hemingway
  55. “The shortest answer is doing the thing.” – Ernest Hemingway
  56. “Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.” – Ernest Hemingway
  57. “A beautiful vacuum filled with wealthy monogamists, all powerful and members of the best families all drinking themselves to death.” – Ernest Hemingway
  58. “When you give power to an executive you do not know who will be filling that position when the time of crisis comes.” – Ernest Hemingway
  59. “Retirement is the ugliest word in the language.” – Ernest Hemingway
  60. “All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.” – Ernest Hemingway
  61. “Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.” – Ernest Hemingway
  62. “Personal columnists are jackals and no jackal has been known to live on grass once he had learned about meat — no matter who killed the meat for him.” – Ernest Hemingway
  63. “I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently.” – Ernest Hemingway
  64. “When you have shot one bird flying you have shot all birds flying. They are all different and they fly in different ways but the sensation is the same and the last one is as good as the first.” – Ernest Hemingway
  65. “I know now that there is no one thing that is true — it is all true.” – Ernest Hemingway
  66. “Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.” – Ernest Hemingway
  67. “Wars are caused by undefended wealth.” – Ernest Hemingway
  68. “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” – Ernest Hemingway
  69. “That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best –make it all up –but make it up so truly that later it will happen that way.” – Ernest Hemingway

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