Ernest Hemingway Quotes

Who is Ernest Hemingway?

American Nobel Prize winning novelist known for his books For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Old Man and the Sea and A Farewell to Arms.

Born July 21, 1899
Died July 02, 1961

Books by Ernest Hemingway


Best 29 Quotes by Ernest Hemingway

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

“All things truly wicked start from innocence.”

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know. So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there. It was easy then because there was always one true sentence that I knew or had seen or had heard someone say.”

“Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”

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

“Courage is grace under pressure.”

“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.”

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“I drink to make other people more interesting.”

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

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

“Never confuse movement with action.”

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

“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.”

“The first draft of anything is shit.”

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“The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof, shit detector.”

“The thing is to become a master and in your old age to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing.”

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“We fall in love when our imagination projects nonexistent perfection upon another person. One day, the fantasy evaporates and with it, love dies.”


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“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

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

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

“We are all broken. That’s how the light gets in.”

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”

“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.”

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

From A Farewell to Arms Quotes

“All thinking men are atheists.”

From A Farewell to Arms

From Men Without Women Quotes

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

From Men Without Women

From The Garden of Eden Quotes

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”

From The Garden of Eden

From The Old Man and the Sea Quotes

“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with that there is.”

From The Old Man and the Sea

From The Sun Also Rises Quotes

“Everyone behaves badly - given the chance.”

From The Sun Also Rises

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“You can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.”

From The Sun Also Rises

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