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515 Inspiring Quotes by Ernest Hemingway

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Wikipedia Summary for Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short-story writer, journalist, and sportsman. His economical and understated style—which he termed the iceberg theory—had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his adventurous lifestyle and his public image brought him admiration from later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short-story collections, and two nonfiction works. Three of his novels, four short-story collections, and three nonfiction works were published posthumously. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature.

Hemingway was raised in Oak Park, Illinois. After high school, he was a reporter for a few months for The Kansas City Star before leaving for the Italian Front to enlist as an ambulance driver in World War I. In 1918, he was seriously wounded and returned home. His wartime experiences formed the basis for his novel A Farewell to Arms (1929).

In 1921, Hemingway married Hadley Richardson, the first of four wives. They moved to Paris where he worked as a foreign correspondent and fell under the influence of the modernist writers and artists of the 1920s' "Lost Generation" expatriate community. His debut novel The Sun Also Rises was published in 1926. He divorced Richardson in 1927. He married Pauline Pfeiffer. They divorced after he returned from the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939), which he covered as a journalist and which was the basis for his novel For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940). Martha Gellhorn became his third wife in 1940. He and Gellhorn separated after he met Mary Welsh in London during World War II. Hemingway was present with Allied troops as a journalist at the Normandy landings and the liberation of Paris.

Hemingway maintained permanent residences in Key West, Florida (in the 1930s) and in Cuba (in the 1940s and 1950s). He almost died in 1954 after plane crashes on successive days, with injuries leaving him in pain and ill health for much of the rest of his life. In 1959, he bought a house in Ketchum, Idaho where, in mid-1961, he died by suicide with a shotgun.

sunset

Writing is the clumsy attempt to find symbols for wordlessness.

--Ernest Hemingway


round analog watch with black leather strap on top of white wooden surface

Perhaps as you went along you did learn something. I did not care what it was all about. All I wanted to know was how to live in it. Maybe if you found out how to live in it you learned from that what it was all about.

--Ernest Hemingway


blue rose with water droplet

I do not need to get used to your silence. I already know it. I quite possibly love all of it.

--Ernest Hemingway


black dog photography

When people talk, listen completely.

--Ernest Hemingway

yellow flower

Courage is grace under pressure.

--Ernest Hemingway

desert grassland

In a power hungry, power worshipping society, men label themselves atheist.

--Ernest Hemingway


blue wallpaper

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

--Ernest Hemingway



yellow and red color textile

Night is always darker before the dawn and life is the same, the hard times will pass, everything will get better and sun will shine brighter than ever.

--Ernest Hemingway

mountain summit during sunset

I was always a lonely person when I was with everyone.

--Ernest Hemingway

gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower

Here's the beautiful lady with the beer.

--Ernest Hemingway

green pine trees near mountain under blue sky during daytime

How did you go bankrupt?" Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.

--Ernest Hemingway




man and woman holding hand while walking on bridge

Night life is when everybody says what the hell and you do not remember who paid the bill.

--Ernest Hemingway

green plant in tilt shift lens

Humility is not disgraceful, and carries no loss of true pride.

--Ernest Hemingway


white rose flower

And how much better to die in all the happy period of undisillusioned youth, to go out in a blaze of light, than to have your body worn out and old and illusions shattered.

--Ernest Hemingway



rock formation in body of water

Worry destroys the ability to write. Ill health is bad in the ratio that it produces worry which attacks your subconscious and destroys your nerves.

--Ernest Hemingway

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In those days we did not trust anyone who had not been in the war, but we did not
completely trust anyone.

--Ernest Hemingway

pink concrete wall during daytime

Cowards die a thousand deaths, but the brave only die once.

--Ernest Hemingway

American Eagles during daytime

Gradually, then suddenly.

--Ernest Hemingway


brown desert under sunny sky

He was violating the second rule of the two rules for getting on well with people that speak Spanish; give the men tobacco and leave the women alone.

--Ernest Hemingway

white swan on blue sea during daytime

There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention.

--Ernest Hemingway

group of camels walking on desert lake at daytime

When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whisky?

--Ernest Hemingway

shallow focus photography of stack of books

Develop a built-in bullshit detector.

--Ernest Hemingway

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

What is the definition of guts? Grace under pressure.

--Ernest Hemingway

yellow flower in green grass field

I was a little drunk. Not drunk in any positive sense but just enough to be careless.

--Ernest Hemingway

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

--Ernest Hemingway


long exposure photography of beach

There's nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility is being superior to your former self.

--Ernest Hemingway

person doing yoga exercises

A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

--Ernest Hemingway

desert grassland

He was just a coward and that was the worst luck any many could have.

--Ernest Hemingway

woman and man holding hands

Wars are caused by undefended wealth.

--Ernest Hemingway

grayscale photography of person on beach

"The bulls are my best friends." I translated to Brett. "You kill your friends?" she asked. "Always," he said in English, and laughed. "So they don't kill me."

--Ernest Hemingway

man and woman holding hand while walking on bridge

It's harder to write in the third person but the advantage is you move around better.

--Ernest Hemingway


person on road at sunset

Don't let yourself slip and get any perfect characters... keep them people, people, people, and don't let them get to be symbols.

--Ernest Hemingway

library shelf near black wooden ladder

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

--Ernest Hemingway

pink and white clouds

His (the writer's) standard of fidelity to the truth should be so high that his invention, out of his experience, should produce a truer account than anything factual can be.

--Ernest Hemingway

shallow focus photography of hand with red paint

I had an inheritance from my father,
It was the moon and the sun.
And though I roam all over the world,
The spending of it's never done.

--Ernest Hemingway

shallow focus photography of snowflake

There isn't any me. I'm you. Don't make up a separate me.

--Ernest Hemingway

purple and white light illustration

Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts.

--Ernest Hemingway

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Some websites accepted each quote we create.

--Ernest Hemingway


short-beak red bird on tree

All the contact I have had with politics has left me feeling as though I had been drinking out of spitoons.

--Ernest Hemingway

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

--Ernest Hemingway


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It is one thing to be in the proximity of death, to know more or less what she is, and it is quite another thing to seek her.

--Ernest Hemingway

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated.

--Ernest Hemingway

blooming yellow sunflower field

For one person who likes Spain there are a dozen who prefer books on her.

--Ernest Hemingway

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

All good books have one thing in common, they are truer than if they had really happened.

--Ernest Hemingway

four white balloons on white wall

Night is always darker before the dawn and life is the same, the hard times will pass, every thing will get better and sun will shine brighter than ever.

--Ernest Hemingway



person holding white ceramic cup with liquid

I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.

--Ernest Hemingway

leafless tree on snow covered ground

I don't. I don't want anybody else to touch you. I'm silly. I get furious if they touch you.

--Ernest Hemingway

purple flowers under cloudy sky

In the early morning on the lake sitting in the stern of the boat with his father rowing, he felt quite sure that he would never die.

--Ernest Hemingway

orange rose in bloom close up photo

The questioners had that beautiful detachment and devotion to stern justice of men dealing in death without being in any danger of it.

--Ernest Hemingway

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But perhaps he had enough animal strength and detached intelligence that he could make another start.

--Ernest Hemingway

pink rose bud closeup photo

Oh, darling, I've been so miserable.

--Ernest Hemingway


woman in black tank top

Bigotry is an odd thing. To be bigoted you have to be absolutely sure you are right and nothing makes that surety and righteousness like continence. Continence is the foe of heresy.

--Ernest Hemingway

boat docked near house

Time is the least thing we have of.

--Ernest Hemingway

pink rose in bloom close up photo

I would take anything I love and throw it off the highest cliff you ever saw and not wait to hear it bounce.

--Ernest Hemingway

raging waves through shores

Experiencing differences is crucial to the human condition. Especially when that difference is over the head, blower powder.

--Ernest Hemingway


woman signing on white printer paper beside woman about to touch the documents

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

white petaled flower

The one who is doing the work and getting satisfaction from it is not the one poverty is hard on.
Heminway talking about his wife Hadley.

--Ernest Hemingway

man and woman holding hand while walking on bridge

It is good to have an end to journey toward; But it is the journey that matters, in the end.

--Ernest Hemingway

white tulips in white background

Some writers are only born to help another writer write one sentence.

--Ernest Hemingway

golden retriever inside car

I mistrust all frank and simple people, especially when their stories hold together.

--Ernest Hemingway

star sequins on white platform

There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.

--Ernest Hemingway


black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

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.

--Ernest Hemingway

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On the 'Star,' you were forced to learn to write a simple declarative sentence. This is useful to anyone. Newspaper work will not harm a young writer and could help him if he gets out of it in time.

--Ernest Hemingway




glass window pane with yellow concrete wall

I am drunk, seest thou? When I am not drunk I do not talk. You have never heard me talk much. But an intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend his time with fools.

--Ernest Hemingway


white and black soccer ball on grass field

You know I don't love any one but you. You shouldn't mind because some one else loved me.

--Ernest Hemingway

purple flower in macro lens

The educated man is the man who can do something. The quality of his work marks the degree of his education.

--Ernest Hemingway

silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset

Summer is a discouraging time to work -- you don't feel death coming on the way it does in the fall when the boys really put pen to paper.

--Ernest Hemingway

green forest during daytime

The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs.

--Ernest Hemingway


blue and black abstract painting

The only kind of writing is rewriting.

--Ernest Hemingway

green and blue chevron textile

Never delay kissing a pretty girl or opening a bottle of whiskey.

--Ernest Hemingway

black and white butterfly on green leaf

And this was the price you paid for sleeping together.

--Ernest Hemingway

photography of yellow petaled flowers field

It is not bad," Santiago said. "And pain does not matter to a man.

--Ernest Hemingway

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

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

--Ernest Hemingway

white wall paint with white paint

I knew that now, reading it in the oversensitized state of my mind after too much brandy, I would remember it somewhere, and afterward it would seem as though it had really happened to me.

--Ernest Hemingway

white and yellow flower in close up photography

I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.

--Ernest Hemingway

man in white and black button up shirt holding lighted candle

Every damn thing is your own fault, if you are any good.

--Ernest Hemingway


shallow focus photography of purple flower

He wrote it exactly and the sinister part only showed as the light feathering of a smooth swell on a calm day marking the reef beneath.

--Ernest Hemingway

grayscale photo of desert

"Maybe...you'll fall in love with me all over again."
"Hell," I said, "I love you enough now. What do you want to do? Ruin me?"
"Yes. I want to ruin you."
"Good," I said. "That's what I want too."

--Ernest Hemingway

white printer paper on brown wooden table

World War I was the most colossal, murderous, mismanaged butchery that has ever taken place on earth. Any writer who said otherwise lied, So the writers either wrote propaganda, shut up, or fought.

--Ernest Hemingway

tan wallpaper

Rush, that most exciting perversion of life, the necessity of accomplishing something in less time than should be truly allowed for its doing.

--Ernest Hemingway

withered tree surrounded with snow during daytime

Never fall in love?" "Always," said the count. "I am always in love.

--Ernest Hemingway

man in orange jacket and black pants doing snow ski during daytime

Anger was washed away in the river along with any obligation.

--Ernest Hemingway

four handheld gardening tools on rack

Have faith in the Yankees my son. Think of the great DiMaggio.

--Ernest Hemingway

couple sitting near trees during golden hour

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

--Ernest Hemingway

green artificial palm tree on seashore

But it is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or the moon or the stars. It is enough to live on the sea and kill our true brothers.

--Ernest Hemingway

raindrops on clear window

Being against evil doesn't make you good.

--Ernest Hemingway

coconut tree near body of water

No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure.

--Ernest Hemingway


white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table

But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there.

--Ernest Hemingway


yellow pen

She is kind and very beautiful. But she can be so cruel and it comes so suddenly and such birds that fly, dipping and hunting, with their small sad voices are made too delicately for the sea.

--Ernest Hemingway

brown trees on brown field during daytime

A writer should write what he has to say and not speak it.

--Ernest Hemingway

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No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.

--Ernest Hemingway

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

To make war all you need is intelligence. But to win you need talent and material.

--Ernest Hemingway

orange and white stone fragment

'For Whom the Bell Tolls' was a problem which I carried on each day. I knew what was going to happen in principle. But I invented what happened each day I wrote.

--Ernest Hemingway

brown and black train track in between trees phtoography

For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.

--Ernest Hemingway

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I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.

--Ernest Hemingway

short-beak red bird on tree

Creation's probably overrated. After all, God made the world in only six days and rested on the seventh.

--Ernest Hemingway


white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

Make it all up. But make it up so truly that later it will happen that way. Ernest Hemingway.

--Ernest Hemingway

pink and white abstract painting

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.

--Ernest Hemingway

macro shot photography of two votive candles

Any man who eats dessert is not drinking enough.

--Ernest Hemingway


pink rose in close up photography

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

--Ernest Hemingway

brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower

If the wind rises it can push us against the flood when it comes.

--Ernest Hemingway

fire near trees

Writing, at its best, is a lonely life.

--Ernest Hemingway


brown and black jazz guitar with dim light

The world is a fine place, and worth fighting for.

--Ernest Hemingway

blue and black abstract painting

How little we know of what there is to know.

--Ernest Hemingway

brown and white long coated small dog lying on green grass

It's a town you come to for a short time.

--Ernest Hemingway

elephant on green grass field during daytime

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.

--Ernest Hemingway

white flower graphic wallpaper

I write description in longhand because that's hardest for me and you're closer to the paper when you work by hand, but I use the typewriter for dialogue because people speak like a typewriter works.

--Ernest Hemingway


red tulip in bloom close up photo

The story was writing itself and I was having a hard time keeping up with it.

--Ernest Hemingway

pink and white flower in close up photography

There is a great inertia about all military operations of any size. But once this inertia has been overcome and underway they are almost as hard to arrest as to initiate.

--Ernest Hemingway

closed door

The real reason for not committing suicide is because you always know how swell life gets again after the hell is over.

--Ernest Hemingway


forest near mountain alps

God knows I didn't mean to fall in love with her.

--Ernest Hemingway

silhouette of couple

You are killing me, fish, the old man thought. But you have a right to. Never have I seen a greater, or more beautiful, or a calmer or more noble thing than you, brother.

--Ernest Hemingway

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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.

--Ernest Hemingway



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To be a successful father there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years.

--Ernest Hemingway

assorted-color beach houses

No catalogue of horrors ever kept men from war. Before the war you always think that it's not you that dies. But you will die, brother, if you go to it long enough.

--Ernest Hemingway

woman in black tank top and gray leggings doing yoga

When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write.

--Ernest Hemingway

white satellite dish under starry night

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

--Ernest Hemingway

assorted-color beach houses

Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture.

--Ernest Hemingway

blue flowers in tilt shift lens

Everything became quite unreal finally and it seemed as though nothing could have any consequences.

--Ernest Hemingway





silhouette of mountain during golden hour

I love thee and thou art so lovely and so wonderful and so beautiful and it does such things to me to be with thee that I feel as though I wanted to die when I am loving thee.

--Ernest Hemingway

woman doing yoga on rock platform next to body of water

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

gold round wall clock on white painted wall

I had no feeling for him. He did not seem to have anything to do with me. I felt no feeling of fatherhood.

--Ernest Hemingway

silhouette of stones during golden hour

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

Vincent Van Gogh self portrait painting on wall

Listen now. When people talk listen completely. Don't be thinking what you're going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe.

--Ernest Hemingway

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Find what gave you emotion; what the action was that gave you excitement. Then write it down making it clear so that the reader can see it too. Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.

--Ernest Hemingway

woman in white and black stripe long sleeve shirt standing beside brown concrete building during daytime

You're not a moron. You're only a case of arrested development.

--Ernest Hemingway

pink rose in close up photography

After writing a story I was always empty and both sad and happy, as though I had made love.

--Ernest Hemingway

red textile in close up photography

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.

--Ernest Hemingway




woman standing on beachfront

Good. Coffee is good for you. It's the caffeine in it. Caffeine, we are here. Caffeine puts a man on her horse and a woman in his grave.

--Ernest Hemingway

yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting

I'm always reading books-as many as there are. I ration myself on them so that I'll always be in supply.

--Ernest Hemingway

sunset

A bottle of wine was good company.

--Ernest Hemingway

panoramic photography of mountains

Listen," I told him. "Don't be so tough so early in the morning. I'm sure you've cut plenty of people's throats. I haven't even had my coffee yet.

--Ernest Hemingway

sunset

This was the price you paid for sleeping together. This was the end of the trap. This was what people got for loving each other.

--Ernest Hemingway

man jumping on hill during golden hour

The fools think I am writing algebra but what I am really writing is geometry.

--Ernest Hemingway

green leafed tree with sunlight at daytime

You're beautiful, like a May fly.

--Ernest Hemingway

sunset

Write drunk; edit sober.

--Ernest Hemingway



Oak Creek Sedona

Life is pain, so live it up while you can.

--Ernest Hemingway

man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap

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

--Ernest Hemingway

blue and white striped textile

If you have a success you have it for the wrong reasons. If you become popular it is always because of the worst aspects of your work.

--Ernest Hemingway

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All a man has is pride. Sometimes you have it so much it is a sin. We have all done things for pride that we knew were impossible. We didn't care. But a man must implement his pride with intelligence and care.

--Ernest Hemingway





person with blue paint on hand

But did thee feel the earth move?

--Ernest Hemingway

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What difference does it make if you live in a picturesque little outhouse surrounded by 300 feeble minded goats and your faithful dog? The question is: Can you write?

--Ernest Hemingway

pink tree

One cat just leads to another.

--Ernest Hemingway


silhouette of tall trees

I am not sure Scott had ever drunk wine from a bottle before and it was exciting to him as though he were slumming or as a girl might be excited by going swimming for the first time without a bathing suit.

--Ernest Hemingway

green leaf

Wine ... offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than possibly any other purely sensory thing which may be purchased.

--Ernest Hemingway

blue and white striped textile

A writer without a sense of justice or injustice would be better off editing the yearbook for a school for exceptional children.

--Ernest Hemingway


gray slabs

Con not, that thou be not conned.

--Ernest Hemingway


green plants beside brown wooden door

You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.

--Ernest Hemingway

brown tree branch during daytime

The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.

--Ernest Hemingway

selective photography of green leaf plant

We have to get used to the idea that at the most important crossroads in our life there are no signs.

--Ernest Hemingway

closed door

I always try to write on the principle of the iceberg. There is seven-eighths of it underwater for every part that shows.

--Ernest Hemingway


focus photography of chick on gray ground

We are all broken, that's how the light gets in.

--Ernest Hemingway

green sports court illustration

Shooting gives me a good feeling. It is faster than baseball and you are out on one strike.

--Ernest Hemingway


forest near mountain alps

What is the definition of guts? Grace under pressure.

--Ernest Hemingway

beige concrete wall

Enjoying living was learning to get your money's worth and knowing when you had it.

--Ernest Hemingway


black textile on white background

You don't have to destroy me. Do you? I'm only a woman who loves you and wants to do what you want to do. I've been destroyed two or three times already. You wouldn't want to destroy me again, would you?

--Ernest Hemingway



calm body of water and mountain

All things truly wicked start from innocence.

--Ernest Hemingway

coconut tree near body of water

You did not do so badly for something worthless,' he said to his left hand. 'But there was a moment when I could not find you.

--Ernest Hemingway

silhouette photography of trees and sky

Modern life ... is often a mechanical oppression and liquor is the only mechanical relief.

--Ernest Hemingway

silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

All good books have one thing in common -- they are truer than if they had really happened.

--Ernest Hemingway

clear hour glass with brown frame

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

--Ernest Hemingway

gray elephant

I regarded home as a place I left behind in order to come back to it afterward.

--Ernest Hemingway

red rose in bloom during daytime

Perhaps I should not have been a fisherman, he thought. But that was the thing that I was born for.

--Ernest Hemingway


brown chopped logs

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

--Ernest Hemingway

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

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

--Ernest Hemingway

Clear blue ocean washing on the sandy shore on a clear day in Cancún

I wonder. Of course maybe that isn't what they figure to do. Maybe they aren't going to do any such thing. But it's natural that's what they would do and I heard that word.

--Ernest Hemingway

time lapse photography of fire

The sinews of war are five -- men, money, materials, maintenance and morale.

--Ernest Hemingway

white cow eating green grass

Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing.... For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.

--Ernest Hemingway


brown and gray brick wall

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.

--Ernest Hemingway

leafless tree under gray sky

I had try to tell the difference between the night and the day and how the night was better unless the day was very clean and cold and I could not tell it; as I cannot tell it now. But if you have had it you know.

--Ernest Hemingway

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

Never write about a place until you're away from it, because that gives you perspective.

--Ernest Hemingway



yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor

I try not to borrow, first you borrow then you beg.

--Ernest Hemingway


red metal bridge over river

Use short sentences. Use short first paragraphs. Use vigorous English. Be positive, not negative.

--Ernest Hemingway



fine trees waving

Before we take to the sea, we walk on land... Before we create, we must understand.

--Ernest Hemingway

mixed paints in a plate

I hate a cramp, he thought. It is a treachery of one's own body.

--Ernest Hemingway

silhouette of woman during sunset

It wasn't by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. The laws of prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of mathematics, of physics.

--Ernest Hemingway


silhouette of trees during sunset

The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life and one is as good as the other.

--Ernest Hemingway

glass window pane with yellow concrete wall

Home is where the heart is, home is where the fart is. Come let us fart in the home. There is no art in a fart. Still a fart may not be artless. Let us fart and artless fart in the home.

--Ernest Hemingway

pink and white flowers on white surface

All our words from loose using have lost their edge.

--Ernest Hemingway

clear hour glass

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

--Ernest Hemingway


red rope on three branch

There is no friend as loyal as a book.

--Ernest Hemingway

None

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

--Ernest Hemingway

purple and green light digital wallpaper

A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.

--Ernest Hemingway

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

I felt the death loneliness that comes at the end of every day that is wasted in your life.

--Ernest Hemingway

shallow focus photography of condenser microphone

I'm going to stay with you. If you go to jail, we might as well both go.

--Ernest Hemingway

cloudy sky

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.

--Ernest Hemingway

yellow and red tulip in bloom close up photo

But, he thought, I keep them with precision. Only I have no luck any more. But who knows? Maybe today. 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.

--Ernest Hemingway


black mountain under blue sky during night time

Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.

--Ernest Hemingway

shallow focus photography of brown and black bird

My writing is nothing, my boxing is everything.

--Ernest Hemingway

red tulip flowers under calm blue sky

We're always lucky,' I said and like a fool I did not knock on wood.

--Ernest Hemingway

milky way wallpaper

Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports... all the others are games.

--Ernest Hemingway



yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.

--Ernest Hemingway

person in red shirt walking on brown field under gray sky during daytime

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

--Ernest Hemingway

Close-up of a white line on green grass in a soccer field

I decided to stop drinking with creeps. I decided to drink only with friends. I've lost 30 pounds.

--Ernest Hemingway

group of people waving their hands

A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.

--Ernest Hemingway

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A wine shop was open and I went in for some coffee. It smelled of early morning, of swept dust, spoons in coffee-glasses and the wet circles left by wine glasses.

--Ernest Hemingway

clear liquid on leaf

All bad writers are in love with the epic.

--Ernest Hemingway


white wooden dock on white sand

When I have an idea, I turn down the flame, as if it were a little alcohol stove, as low as it will go. Then it explodes and that is my idea.

--Ernest Hemingway

selective focus of common poppy flower

God knows, people who are paid to have attitudes toward things, professional critics, make me sick; camp-following eunuchs of literature.

--Ernest Hemingway

selective focus photography of red tulip

Rereading places you at the point where it has to go on, knowing it is as good as you can get it up to there. There is always juice somewhere.

--Ernest Hemingway

empty gray floor beside pool

Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintry light.

--Ernest Hemingway

woman jumping near white wall paint

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.

--Ernest Hemingway

flying blue and green hummingbird

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

--Ernest Hemingway

woman in black shirt standing on yellow flower field during daytime

The only decent bone in her body was mine.

--Ernest Hemingway

photo of white and brown bricked wall during daytime

I've seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.

--Ernest Hemingway

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

You know you're writing well when you're throwing good stuff into the wastebasket.

--Ernest Hemingway

green trees on mountain during daytime

Scott was a man then who looked like a boy with a face between handsome and pretty... The mouth worried you until you knew him and then it worried you more.

--Ernest Hemingway

Arizona landscape

Do you have other things like that to look forward to?
Just everyday. I look forward to everyday.

--Ernest Hemingway

boat docked near house

Religion is the opium of the poor.

--Ernest Hemingway

2 people riding on boat during sunset

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


two dragonflies on green cornate leaf

Show the readers everything, tell them nothing.

--Ernest Hemingway

macro shot photography of two votive candles

I wished I had died before I loved anyone but her.

--Ernest Hemingway

sea of white clouds

Best of all he loved the fall
the leaves yellow on the cottonwoods
leaves floating on the trout streams
and above the hills the high blue windless skies…now he will be a part of them forever.

--Ernest Hemingway

wall

If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.

--Ernest Hemingway

body of water under clear blue sky painting

Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure only death can stop it.

--Ernest Hemingway

man and woman kissing

The cat has complete emotional honesty -- an attribute not often found in humans.

--Ernest Hemingway

person in black hoodie using laptop computer

I would walk along the quais when I had finished work or when I was trying to think something out. It was easier to think if I was walking and doing something or seeing people doing something that they understood.

--Ernest Hemingway

desert under blue skies

The best ammunition against lies is the truth, there is no ammunition against gossip. It is like a fog and the clear wind blows it away and the sun burns it off.

--Ernest Hemingway


mountains with trees under white star at night

Write as well as you can and finish what you start.

--Ernest Hemingway

red blue yellow and red paint

Hail nothing full of nothing, nothing is with thee.

--Ernest Hemingway

blue, white, and pink petaled flowers on gray surface

The dentuso is cruel and able and strong and intelligent. But I was more intelligent than he was. Perhaps not, he thought. Perhaps I was only better armed.

--Ernest Hemingway


leafless tree on snow covered ground

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

--Ernest Hemingway


green palm tree during daytime

It's all nonsense. It's only nonsense. I'm not afraid of the rain. I'm not afraid of the rain. Oh, oh, God, I wish I wasn't. She was crying. I comforted her and she stopped crying. But outside it kept on raining.

--Ernest Hemingway

bunch of tulips flower on wooden surface

You must hold hard to life and do it. But life is a cheap thing beside a man's work. The only thing is that you need it. Hold it tight.

--Ernest Hemingway

blue white and red flag

I am always in love.

--Ernest Hemingway



silhouette of man on top of hill overlooking lighted city at dawn

Night is always darker before the dawn and life is the same, the hard times will pass, every thing will get better and sun will shine brighter then ever.

--Ernest Hemingway


silhouette of mountains under blue sky during daytime

It is silly not to hope, besides I believe it is a sin." The Old Man and the Sea.

--Ernest Hemingway

brown wallpaper

A writer should be of as great probity and honesty as a priest of God. He is either honest or not, as a woman is either chaste or not, and after one piece of dishonest writing he is never the same again.

--Ernest Hemingway


blue sky and white clouds

I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, "Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.

--Ernest Hemingway

red tulip in bloom close up photo

All cowardice comes from not loving or not loving well, which is the same thing.

--Ernest Hemingway

red flowers with water droplets

If the others heard me talking out loud they would think that I am crazy. But since I am not, I do not care.

--Ernest Hemingway

Arizona landscape

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

--Ernest Hemingway


black portable vinyl records

The first draft of anything is garbage.

--Ernest Hemingway

fan of 1 US dollar banknotes and coins on beige surface

Before you quit, you have to try.

--Ernest Hemingway


red rose

My father was a deeply sentimental man. And like all sentimental men, he was also very cruel.

--Ernest Hemingway

red surface

I am thee and thou art me and all of one is the other.

--Ernest Hemingway

rocky mountain

There are so many good ones to paint and if you paint as well as you really can and keep out of all other things and do that, it is the true thing.

--Ernest Hemingway


short-beak red bird on tree

They can't yank a novelist like they can a pitcher. A novelist has to go the full nine, even if it kills him.

--Ernest Hemingway

close shot of yellow flowers

The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.

--Ernest Hemingway



person wearing black top

For a poet he threw a very accurate milk bottle.

--Ernest Hemingway

sealion surrounded by rocks during daytime

I love to go to the zoo. But not on Sunday. I don't like to see the people making fun of the animals, when it should be the other way around.

--Ernest Hemingway

pink flower with green stem

Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.

--Ernest Hemingway

sunset dirt road

Prose is architecture and the Baroque age is over.

--Ernest Hemingway

body of water during daytime

The priest was good but dull. The officers were not good but dull. The King was good but dull. The wine was bad but not dull.

--Ernest Hemingway



yellow sunflower field under blue sky during daytime

We thought of wine as something as healthy and normal as food and also as a great giver of happiness and well being and delight.

--Ernest Hemingway

white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books

The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs.

--Ernest Hemingway

white bicycle parked beside wall

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

--Ernest Hemingway


Arizona landscape

How lazily the sun goes down in Granada, it hides beneath the water, it conceals in the Alhambra!

--Ernest Hemingway



boy wearing American flag print eyeglasses sticking his mouth open

What is moral is what you feel good after.

--Ernest Hemingway

man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

Mai pensare che la guerra, anche se giustificata, non sia un crimine.

--Ernest Hemingway

person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

No weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee it to be a just one.

--Ernest Hemingway

solid background

Going to another country doesn't make any difference. I've tried all that. You can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. There's nothing to that.

--Ernest Hemingway

person holding white ceramic cup with liquid

He was not in love yet, but he realized that he was an attractive quantity to women, and that the fact of a woman caring for him and wanting to live with him was not simply a divine miracle.

--Ernest Hemingway

black Corona typewriter on brown wood planks

Until you're grown-up they send you to reform school. After you're grown-up they send you to the penitentiary.

--Ernest Hemingway

person wearing red jacket climbing on glacier

Wearing down seven number two pencils is a good day's work.

--Ernest Hemingway

close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

I never trust frank and simple people whose stories hold together.

--Ernest Hemingway

pink petaled flower on white surface

I used to play cello. My mother kept me out of school a whole year to study music and counterpoint. She thought I had ability, but I was absolutely without talent.

--Ernest Hemingway

brown humming bird flying in mid air

In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason.

--Ernest Hemingway

silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

In order to be a great writer a person must have a built-in, shockproof crap detector.

--Ernest Hemingway

man in green shirt and blue knit cap sitting on floor

In America, they make such things of wire and of sponge-rubber, such as you use in the sets of tanks. You never know there, whether there is any truth in the matter, unless you are a bad boy as I am.

--Ernest Hemingway

silhouette of woman during sunset

Intelligence is so damn rare and the people who have it often have such a bad time with it that they get bitter or propagandistic and then it's not much use.

--Ernest Hemingway

brown wooden hanging bridge surrounded by green trees during daytime

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.

--Ernest Hemingway

white pencil on black platform

The fun of talk is to explore, but much of it and all that is irresponsible should not be written. Once written you have to stand by it. You may have said it to see whether you believed it or not.

--Ernest Hemingway


red rose in close up photography

We only knew then that there was always the war, but that we were not going to it anymore.

--Ernest Hemingway


woman standing on cliff

Love is something that hangs up behind the bathroom door and smells of Lysol.

--Ernest Hemingway

orange abstract painting

You are all a lost generation. with credit to Gertrude Stein.

--Ernest Hemingway

black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime

She had the lovely high cheekbones for arrogance.

--Ernest Hemingway

sunset

The world breaks everyone and afterwards many are strong at the broken places.

--Ernest Hemingway

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

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

--Ernest Hemingway

landscape photography of waves and clouds

I kissed her hard and held her tight and tried to open her lips; they were closed tight.

--Ernest Hemingway



pot on window with flowers

Kui kergeks küll muutub süda, kui tead, et kõik on läbi, kui tead, et oled võidetud.

--Ernest Hemingway

3 women playing soccer on green grass field during daytime

I'm not going to get into the ring with Tolstoy.

--Ernest Hemingway



brown rock formation on body of water during daytime

You never kill anyone you want to kill in a war, he said to himself.

--Ernest Hemingway

sunset hgihway

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

--Ernest Hemingway

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

Mice: What is the best early training for a writer? Y.C.: An unhappy childhood.

--Ernest Hemingway

mountain summit during sunset

Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be.

--Ernest Hemingway

pink and white computer keyboard beside yellow framed sunglasses

Everything you have is to give.

--Ernest Hemingway

black bird on brown tree branch during daytime

Man is not made for defeat.

--Ernest Hemingway

swimming pool with stainless steel ladder

The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.

--Ernest Hemingway

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

I love you for all that you are, all that you have been, all that you're yet to be.

--Ernest Hemingway

person in black jacket standing on beach during daytime

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

white wall paint with black shadow

Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene beside the concrete names of villages, the numbers of roads, the names of rivers, the numbers of regiments and the dates.

--Ernest Hemingway

rock formation above water

Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

--Ernest Hemingway

white beans on white background

They arrested us after breakfast.

--Ernest Hemingway

white and pink roses on pink wall

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

brown wallpaper

I do not think I had ever seen a nastier-looking man. Under the black hat, when I had first seen them, the eyes had been those of an unsuccessful rapist.

--Ernest Hemingway

green-leafed plant

Everything you have is to give. Thou art a phenomenon of philosophy and an unfortunate man.

--Ernest Hemingway

brown mountain under starry sky

Home is where the heart is, home is where the fart is.
Come let us fart in the home.
There is no art in a fart.
Still a fart may not be artless.
Let us fart and artless fart in the home.

--Ernest Hemingway

seashore during golden hour

Most people were heartless about turtles because a turtle's heart will beat for hours after it has been cut up and butchered. But the old man thought, I have such a heart too.

--Ernest Hemingway

close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke that I was not happy.

--Ernest Hemingway

woman standing on forest

The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.

--Ernest Hemingway


brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

If my Valentine you won't be, I'll hang myself on your Christmas tree.

--Ernest Hemingway

backdrop

When I am working on a book or a story, I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you, and it is cool or cold, and you come to your work and warm as you write.

--Ernest Hemingway



round black and white analog alarm clock

I've been in love (truly) with five women, the Spanish Republic and the 4th Infantry Division.

--Ernest Hemingway

orange lily in bloom close up photo

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

--Ernest Hemingway

body of water under blue sky with stars

You see I'm trying in all my stories to get the feeling of the actual life across, not just to depict life, or criticize it, but to actually make it alive.

--Ernest Hemingway




white sand

I drank a bottle of wine for company. It was Chateau Margaux. It was pleasant to be drinking slowly and to be tasting the wine and to be drinking alone. A bottle of wine was good company.

--Ernest Hemingway



gray and white concrete floor

And if there is not any such thing as a long time, nor the rest of your lives, nor from now on, but there is only now, why then now is the thing to praise and I am very happy with it.

--Ernest Hemingway

mountains under starry sky during nighttime

Cheer up,' I said. 'All countries look just like the moving pictures.

--Ernest Hemingway








man sitting on couch with looking at his MacBook on table

Bigotry is an odd thing. To be bigoted you have to be absolutely sure that you are right and nothing makes that surety and righteousness like continence. Continence is the foe of heresy.

--Ernest Hemingway

gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower

You will die like a dog for no good reason.

--Ernest Hemingway

white concrete building

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.

--Ernest Hemingway

man playing soccer during daytime

My life used to be full of everything. Now if you aren't with me I haven't a thing in the world.

--Ernest Hemingway

photo of gray moon

When I saw her I was in love with her. Everything turned over inside of me. She looked toward the door, saw there was no one, then she sat on the side of the bed and leaned over and kissed me.

--Ernest Hemingway

worm's eye view photography of pink cheery blossom tree

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

--Ernest Hemingway



white tulip flower in close up photography

There is no left and right in writing. There is only good and bad writing.

--Ernest Hemingway

grass field under cloudy sky

To hell with them. Nothing hurts if you don't let it.

--Ernest Hemingway

long exposure photography of lights

I would like to take the great DiMaggio fishing," the old man said. "They say his father was a fisherman. Maybe he was as poor as we are and would understand.

--Ernest Hemingway



beach shore during day time

I don't think I ever owned twenty pencils at one time. Wearing down seven number-two pencils is a good day's work.

--Ernest Hemingway


clear blue sea under blue sky

I had never known any man to die while speaking in terza-rima.

--Ernest Hemingway



beige concrete wall

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

--Ernest Hemingway

white petaled flower

Do you know how an ugly woman feels? Do you know what it is to be ugly all your life and inside to feel that you are beautiful? It is very rare.

--Ernest Hemingway

green pine trees near mountain under blue sky during daytime

You may not believe this. No one believes this, but it is true.

--Ernest Hemingway

lighted candle in dark room

If you have a success, you have it for the wrong reasons. If you become popular it is always because of the worst aspects of your work.

--Ernest Hemingway

white and black boat on sea during daytime

It's silly not to hope. It's a sin he thought.

--Ernest Hemingway

man in white shirt and black pants standing on top of building

If you're looking for messages, try Western Union.

--Ernest Hemingway

white and yellow flower in close up photography

You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself.

--Ernest Hemingway



aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.

--Ernest Hemingway


Hey! I miss you

No horse named Morbid ever won a race.

--Ernest Hemingway

yellow and white color illustration

He said we were all cooked but we were all right as long as we did not know it. We were all cooked. The thing was not to recognize it. The last country to realize they were cooked would win the war.

--Ernest Hemingway

green palm tree during daytime

Augustin stood there looking down at him and cursed him speaking slowly clearly bitterly and contemptuously and cursing as steadily as though he were dumping manure on a field lifting it with a dung fork out of a wagon.

--Ernest Hemingway


four white balloons on white wall

I had drunk much wine and afterward coffee and Strega and I explained, winefully, how we did not do the things we wanted to do; we never did such things.

--Ernest Hemingway




blue sky and white clouds

Only one marriage I regret. I remember after I got that marriage license I went across from the license bureau to a bar for a drink. The bartender said, "What will you have, sir?" And I said, "A glass of hemlock."

--Ernest Hemingway

pair of white lace-up shoes

People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.

--Ernest Hemingway

Russian Blue cat sleeping on whit textile

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

--Ernest Hemingway


white desk lamp beside green plant

A writer is like a gypsy. He owes no allegiance to any government. If he is a good writer he will never like any government he lives under. His hand should be against it and its hand will always be against him.

--Ernest Hemingway



person running

The first draft of everything is shit.

--Ernest Hemingway


brown and white humming bird

Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure only death can stop it. Financial security then is a great help as it keeps you from worrying.

--Ernest Hemingway


green-leafed plant

Once in Africa I lost the corkscrew and we were forced to live off food and water for weeks.

--Ernest Hemingway

white textile on brown wooden table

Here is the piece. If you can't say fornicate can you say copulate or if not that can you say co-habit? If not that would have to say consummate I suppose. Use your own good taste and judgment.

--Ernest Hemingway

Close-up of a white line on green grass in a soccer field

I do not know what I thought Paris would be like, but it was not that way. It rained nearly every day.

--Ernest Hemingway

red textile in close up photography

The time to work is shorter all the time and if you waste it you ... have committed a sin for which there is no forgiveness.

--Ernest Hemingway

green-leafed plant

The things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist.

--Ernest Hemingway

tilt shift lens photo of sunflower

They say the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered with better soil and with a higher grade of manure.

--Ernest Hemingway

silver round analog wall clock

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk... that will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
-- -Ernest Hemingway.

--Ernest Hemingway

orange tabby cat on black textile

You're my religion. You're all I've got.

--Ernest Hemingway

depth photography of purple petaled flowers

When you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead.

--Ernest Hemingway

None

If a writer stops observing he is finished. Experience is communicated by small details intimately observed.

--Ernest Hemingway


purple flowers under sunny sky

Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary.

--Ernest Hemingway

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

Work every day. No matter what has happened the day or night before, get up and bite on the nail.

--Ernest Hemingway

black wooden door near green plant

Nobody knows what's in him until he tries to pull it out. If there's nothing, or very little, the shock can kill a man.

--Ernest Hemingway

black and white abstract illustration

To be a successful father, there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years.

--Ernest Hemingway

sunset

I've been wondering about Dostoyevsky. How can a man write so badly, so unbelievably badly, and make you feel so deeply?

--Ernest Hemingway

white and black soccer ball on grass field

All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.

--Ernest Hemingway

green artificial palm tree on seashore

Since I had started to break down all my writing and get rid of all facility and try to make instead of describe, writing had been wonderful to do.

--Ernest Hemingway

silhouette of mountains during starry night

And chase hard and good and with no mistakes and do not overrun them.

--Ernest Hemingway


Dark purple to red to orange gradient

After you finish a book, you know, you're dead. But no one knows you're dead. All they see is the irresponsibility that comes in after the terrible responsibility of writing.

--Ernest Hemingway


woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

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

--Ernest Hemingway

red rose

He rested sitting on the un-stepped mast and sail and tried not to think but only to endure.

--Ernest Hemingway

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

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

--Ernest Hemingway

black pug puppy on green textile

We are all broken. That's how the light gets in.

--Ernest Hemingway


None

There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.

--Ernest Hemingway


four handheld gardening tools on rack

Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.

--Ernest Hemingway

sunset

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

--Ernest Hemingway


brown mountain

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

--Ernest Hemingway

white analog wall clock at 11 00

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

--Ernest Hemingway

pink flower

Find the best writers, pay them to write, and avoid typos at all costs.

--Ernest Hemingway

white beans on white background

Work could cure almost anything.

--Ernest Hemingway

yellow green leaf

Don't you like to write letters? I do because it's such a swell way to keep from working and yet feel you've done something.

--Ernest Hemingway

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

That terrible mood of depression of whether it's any good or not is what is known as The Artist's Reward.

--Ernest Hemingway

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The cynical ones are the best companions. But the best of all are the cynical ones when they are still devout; or after; when having been devout, then cynical, they become devout again by cynicism.

--Ernest Hemingway

crescent moon above mountain

I had an inheritance from my father, It was the moon and the sun. And though I roam all over the world, The spending of it's never done.

--Ernest Hemingway

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I love to write. But it has never gotten any easier to do and you can't expect it to if you keep trying for something better than you can do.

--Ernest Hemingway

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Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth.

--Ernest Hemingway

gray hummingbird

The only thing that could spoil a day was people.

--Ernest Hemingway

white wooden dock on white sand

The bicycle riders drank much wine, and were burned and browned by the sun. They did not take the race seriously except among themselves.

--Ernest Hemingway

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It wasn't by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short.

--Ernest Hemingway

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"That moron," said Harvey. Cohn came up to our table.
"Hello you bums," he said.
"Hello, Robert," Harvey said. "I was just telling Jake here that you're a moron."

--Ernest Hemingway



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There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.

--Ernest Hemingway

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I drink to make other people more interesting.

--Ernest Hemingway


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Isn't it pretty to think so.

--Ernest Hemingway


two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

There are many who do not know they are fascists but will find it out when the time comes.

--Ernest Hemingway

pink tulips on gray wooden surface

Fish," he said, "I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends.

--Ernest Hemingway

man sitting on couch with looking at his MacBook on table

"Ay," he said aloud. There is no translation for this word and perhaps it is just a noise such as a man might make, involuntarily, feeling the nail go through his hands and into the wood.

--Ernest Hemingway

brown sand under blue sky during daytime

Cowardice... is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination.

--Ernest Hemingway

silhouette photography of wavy ocean

I had seen nothing sacred, and the things that were glorious had no glory and the sacrifices were like the stockyards at Chicago if nothing was done with the meat except to bury it.

--Ernest Hemingway

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