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100 Most Famous Quotes By Ernest Hemingway, The Author Of The Old Man And The Sea

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A Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, Ernest Hemingway was one of the highly acclaimed American short story writers, novelists and journalists of the 20th century. Just as much as his work, Hemingway’s personal life was an equally publicized affair. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Hemingway was the Lady Gaga of the literary club of the 20th century. He revolutionized the idea of what an American author was to the world. Born in a suburban area of Chicago, Hemingway opted to work as a journalist instead of pursuing graduation studies immediately after completing high school. It was this initial experience in journalism that shaped much of his later literary career. He served in World War I before finally making his cut in literary expedition. Under the influence of the modernist writers and artists of the 1920s, he published his debut novel, ‘The Sun Also Rises’, in 1926. A year later he came up with the novel ‘A Farewell to Arms’ primarily based on his wartime experiences. It marked the starting of a legacy, and was soon followed by equally successful novels that are considered as classics of American literature today such as ‘For whom the Bell Tolls’ and ‘The Old Man and the Sea’. Hemingway’s succinct and lucid prose style exerted a powerful influence on American and British fiction in the 20th century. The same is also visible in his quotes that touch varied topics of life and give readers a new perspective and a new angle to ponder about. Check this section and explore some of the most popular Ernest Hemingway’s quotes.

There is no friend as loyal as a book.

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.

- The Garden of Eden, Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

The first draft of anything is shit.

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- Men Without Women, Ernest Hemingway

I drink to make other people more interesting.

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

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.

- The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

All thinking men are atheists.

- A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

Courage is grace under pressure.

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway: A Literary Reference, Ernest Hemingway

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

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

- The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

Never confuse movement with action.

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

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

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

- A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

There's no one thing that's true. It's all true.

- For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway

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

- The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

Never to go on trips with anyone you do not love.

- A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway

And you'll always love me won't you? Yes And the rain won't make any difference? No

- A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

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.

- A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway

Write hard and clear about what hurts.

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

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.

- Death in the Afternoon, Ernest Hemingway

The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

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

- A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

All things truly wicked start from innocence.

- Ernest Hemingway

Isn't it pretty to think so.

- The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

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

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

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

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

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

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway

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

- A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- The Garden of Eden, Ernest Hemingway

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?

- The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

After writing a story I was always empty and both sad and happy, as though I had made love, and I was sure this was a very good story although I would not know truly how good until I read it over the next day.

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

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.

- A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway

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

- Death in the Afternoon, Ernest Hemingway

I am always in love.

- The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

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

- A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

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

- The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

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

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

- The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

No one you love is ever truly lost.

- Ernest Hemingway

Would you please please please please please please please stop talking?

- Men Without Women, Ernest Hemingway

I may not be as stong as I think, but I know many tricks and I have resolution.

- The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

I'm not unfaithful, darling. I've plenty of faults but I'm very faithful. You'll be sick of me I'll be so faithful.

- A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

He would lie in the bed and finally, with daylight, he would go to sleep. After all, he said to himself, it is probably only insomnia. Many must have it.

- A Clean Well Lighted Place, Ernest Hemingway

I loved you when I saw you today and I loved you always but I never saw you before.

- For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway

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.

- The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway

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

- The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

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

- The Wild Years, Ernest Hemingway

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.

- The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

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.

- Ernest Hemingway

Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.

- The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

You've such a lovely temperature.

- A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

Do you suffer when you write? I don't at all. Suffer like a bastard when don't write, or just before, and feel empty and fucked out afterwards. But never feel as good as while writing.

- Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

We're stronger in the places that we've been broken.

- Ernest Hemingway

We are all broken—that’s how the light gets in.

- Ernest Hemingway

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.

- To Have and Have Not, Ernest Hemingway

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

- A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

Oh, darling, you will be good to me, won’t you? Because we’re going to have a strange life.

- A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

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

- Ernest Hemingway

This was a big storm and he might as well enjoy it. It was ruining everything, but you might as well enjoy it

- For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway

Wine is a grand thing," I said. "It makes you forget all the bad.

- A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

This is a good place," he said. "There's a lot of liquor," I agreed.

- The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

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

- The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

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.

- A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway

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.

- The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

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 is was all about.

- The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway