Ernest Hemingway Quotes

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  • The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.

    For Whom the Bell Tolls ch. 43 (1940)
  • 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 for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed.

    Ernest Hemingway (2015). “Green Hills of Africa: The Hemingway Library Edition”, p.21, Simon and Schuster
  • I spend a hell of a lot of time killing animals and fish so I wouldn't kill myself. When a man is in rebellion against death, as I am in rebellion against death, he gets pleasure out of taking to himself one of the godlike attributes; that of giving it.

  • I am opposed to writing about the private lives of living authors and psychoanalyzing them while they are alive. Criticism is getting all mixed up with a combination of the Junior FBI-men, discards from Freud and Jung and a sort of Columnist peep-hole and missing laundry list school. ... Every young English professor sees gold in them dirty sheets now. Imagine what they can do with the soiled sheets of four legal beds by the same writer and you can see why their tongues are slavering.

    Ernest Hemingway (2008). “The Good Life According to Hemingway”, Ecco
  • Dying was nothing and he had no picture of it nor fear of it in his mind. But living was a field of grain blowing in the wind on the side of a hill. Living was a hawk in the sky. Living was an earthen jar of water in the dust of the threshing with the grain flailed out and the chaff blowing. Living was a horse between your legs and a carbine under one leg and a hill and a valley and a stream with trees along it and the far side of the valley and the hills beyond.

    Ernest Hemingway (2012). “Hemingway on War”, p.191, Simon and Schuster
  • Any man who eats dessert is not drinking enough.

  • The better the writers the less they will speak about what they have written themselves.

    Ernest Hemingway (2015). “Ernest Hemingway: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations”, p.16, Melville House
  • So this was how you died, in whispers that you did not hear.

    Ernest Hemingway (2014). “Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories”, p.20, Simon and Schuster
  • You make something from things that have happened and from things that exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, and you make something through your invention that is truer than anything true and alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality.

    Ernest Hemingway, Matthew Joseph Bruccoli (1986). “Conversations with Ernest Hemingway”, p.129, Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • 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.

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

    Ernest Hemingway, Carlos Baker (2003). “Ernest Hemingway Selected Letters 1917-1961”, p.306, Simon and Schuster
  • My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.

    Ernest Hemingway (2008). “The Good Life According to Hemingway”, Ecco
  • 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 (2015). “Ernest Hemingway: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations”, p.27, Melville House
  • There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things and because it takes a man's life to know them the little that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave.

    "Death in the Afternoon". Book by Ernest Hemingway, chapter 16, 1932.
  • 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 (2016). “A Farewell to Arms”, p.54, Hamilton Books
  • My,' she said. 'We're lucky that you found the place.' We're always lucky,' I said and like a fool I did not knock on wood. There was wood everywhere in that apartment to knock on too.

    Ernest Hemingway (2014). “Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition”, p.44, Simon and Schuster
  • The way to learn whether a person is trustworthy is to trust him.

    "Papa Hemingway" by A.E. Hotchner, (Pt. 2, Ch. 6), 1966.
  • What is moral is what you feel good after.

    Death in the Afternoon ch. 1 (1932)
  • Fish," he said, "I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends.

    Ernest Hemingway (2016). “The Old Man and the Sea”, p.15, Hamilton Books
  • You're beautiful, like a May fly.

    "Mary Hemingway Dies at 78; Wrote of Life With Novelist" by Herbert Mitgang, November 26, 1986.
  • There are two kinds of stories, the ones you live and the ones you make up. And nobody knows the difference, and I don't ever tell which is which.

  • Work could cure almost anything

    Ernest Hemingway (2014). “Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition”, p.41, Simon and Schuster
  • The hardest thing to do is to write straight honest prose on human beings. First you have to know the subject; then you have to know how to write. Both take a lifetime to learn, and anybody is cheating who takes politics as a way out. All the outs are too easy, and the thing itself is too hard to do.

    Ernest Hemingway (2014). “By-Line Ernest Hemingway: Selected Articles and Dispatches of Four Decades”, p.163, Simon and Schuster
  • Life is the best left hooker I ever saw, although some say it was Charlie White of Chicago

  • It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.

    Ernest Hemingway (2014). “By-Line Ernest Hemingway: Selected Articles and Dispatches of Four Decades”, p.343, Simon and Schuster
  • Ezra was right half the time, and when he was wrong, he was so wrong you were never in any doubt about it.

    Ernest Hemingway (1944). “Hemingway”
  • You can write anytime people will leave you alone and not interrupt you.

    Ernest Hemingway, Matthew Joseph Bruccoli (1986). “Conversations with Ernest Hemingway”, p.114, Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • A man does not exist until he is drunk.

  • Perhaps wars weren't won anymore. Maybe they went on forever. Maybe it was another Hundred Years' War.

    Ernest Hemingway (2016). “A Farewell to Arms”, p.69, Hamilton Books
  • In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason.

    Ernest Hemingway (2008). “The Good Life According to Hemingway”, Ecco
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