Top 50 + Ernest Hemingway Quotes


Who is Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was a prolific writer in the fields on journalism, novels and short stories, born on the 21st July 1899 and died on the 2nd July 1961. The American writer was at his most prolific between the 1920s and 1950s, winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. In terms of published work, his record includes seven novels, six collections of short stories and two nonfiction pieces, with many other pieces of his work released posthumously.

Hemingway grew up in Illinois and after starting a career in journalism, enlisted in World War 1 as an ambulance driver, subsequently suffering a major injury in 1918 and returning to the United States. It was after this part of his life that he moved to Paris and later London, working as a correspondent and learning from the writers of his time. His most well-known pieces of literature include For Whom the Bell Tolls and A Farewell to Arms.

He married four times and suffered a further tragedy when he was involved in two aircraft crashes within a very short space of time, leaving him in very poor health. Sadly, in 1961, he chose to end his life at his home in Idaho.

Ernest Hemingway Quotes

1. There is no friend as loyal as a book.

2. There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

3. Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.

4. I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?

5. The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.

6. The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.

7. There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.

8. Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.

9. Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.

10. The first draft of anything is shit.

11. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.

12. I drink to make other people more interesting.

13. When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.

14. Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.

15. Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.

16. But man is not made for defeat,” he said. “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

17. 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.

18. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.

19. A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.

20. The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.

21. As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.

22. Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt, use it-don’t cheat with it.

23. I’m not brave any more darling. I’m all broken. They’ve broken me.

24. I can’t stand it to think my life is going so fast and I’m not really living it.

25. There’s no one thing that’s true. It’s all true.

26. My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.

27. You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering.

28. 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.

29. Write hard and clear about what hurts.

30. When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.

31. In order to write about life first you must live it.

32. I didn’t want to kiss you goodbye — that was the trouble — I wanted to kiss you good night — and there’s a lot of difference.

33. An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.

34. we would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.

35. So far, about morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.

36. But life isn’t hard to manage when you’ve nothing to lose.

37. When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve.

38. The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.

39. No, that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.

40. All things truly wicked start from innocence.

41. The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.

42. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.

43. They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.

44. It is awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime, but at night it is another thing.

45. Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry: Worry never fixes anything.

46. You know it makes one feel rather good deciding not to be a bitch.

47. I know the night is not the same as the day: that all things are different, that the things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist, and the night can be a dreadful time for lonely people once their loneliness has started.

48. Let him think that I am more man than I am and I will be so.

49. We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.

50. Often a man wishes to be alone and a girl wishes to be alone too and if they love each other they are jealous of that in each other, but I can truly say we never felt that. We could feel alone when we were together, alone against the others. But we were never lonely and never afraid when we were together.

51. Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.

52. It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.

53. Don’t you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you’re not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you’ve lived nearly half the time you have to live already?

54. Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the Romance of the unusual.

55. All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.

56. Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don’t know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.

57. Why do old men wake so early? Is it to have one longer day?

58. When you start to live outside yourself, it’s all dangerous.

59. By then I knew that everything good and bad left an emptiness when it stopped. But if it was bad, the emptiness filled up by itself. If it was good you could only fill it by finding something better.

60. Why, darling, I don’t live at all when I’m not with you.


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