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Quotes by ernest hemingway - (76 quotes)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Activity category:

Never confuse motion with action. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Aging category:

As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Architecture category:

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)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Architecture category:

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Beauty category:

You're beautiful, like a May fly. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Beginning category:

As long as you can start, you are all right. The juice will come. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Books category:

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Books category:

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)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Business category:

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

Ernest Hemingway - From the Competition category:

I'm not going to get into the ring with Tolstoy. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Courage category:

Courage is grace under pressure. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Courage category:

Cowardice... is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Creativity category:

The stuff comes alive and turns crazy on ya. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Criticism category:

I've tried to reduce profanity but I reduced so much profanity when writing the book that I'm afraid not much could come out. Perhaps we will have to consider it simply as a profane book and hope that the next book will be less profane or perhaps more sacred. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Critics category:

I don't like to write like God. It is only because you never do it, though, that the critics think you can't do it. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Danger category:

Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter's honor. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Depression category:

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

Ernest Hemingway - From the Drunkenness category:

An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Earth category:

The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Editing category:

Develop a built-in bullshit detector. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Emotion category:

-on William Faulkner...
Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Excellence category:

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)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Failure category:

A man can be destroyed, but not defeated. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Fame category:

Why should anybody be interested in some old man who was a failure? (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Fear category:

Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Finishing category:

Always quit for the day when you know what you want to do next. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Friendship category:

There is no friend as loyal as a book. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Habit category:

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

Ernest Hemingway - From the Happiness category:

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Health category:

I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Humanity category:

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)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Humour category:

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

Ernest Hemingway - From the Ideas category:

-The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber
Doesn't do to talk much about all this. Talk the whole thing away. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Ideas category:

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)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Innocence category:

All things truly wicked start from innocence. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Inspiration category:

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)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Knowledge category:

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)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Life category:

-from Islands in the Stream...
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)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Life category:

The man who has begun to live more seriously within begins to live more simply without. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Listening category:

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

Ernest Hemingway - From the Loneliness category:

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)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Masters category:

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Morality category:

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)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Mysteries category:

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. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Painting category:

-from Islands in the Stream...
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)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Perspective category:

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

Ernest Hemingway - From the Planning category:

At night, never go to bed without knowing what you'll write tomorrow. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Poetry category:

Pound's crazy. All poets are. They have to be. You don't put a poet like Pound in the loony bin. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Procrastination category:

The shortest answer is doing the thing. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Questions category:

But did thee feel the earth move? (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Recognition category:

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)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Religion category:

All thinking men are atheists. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Risk category:

Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Rules category:

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)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Silence category:

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

Ernest Hemingway - From the Simplicity category:

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

Ernest Hemingway - From the Sleep category:

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

Ernest Hemingway - From the Solitude category:

The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Spectator category:

Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Strength category:

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Subject category:

I never had to choose a subject - my subject rather chose me. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Suffering category:

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)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Talent category:

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

Ernest Hemingway - From the Temperament category:

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)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Time category:

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 new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Travel category:

Never go on trips with anyone you do not love. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Trust category:

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Truth category:

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)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Truth category:

There's no one thing that is true. They're all true. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Unknowns category:

His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly's wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Words category:

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)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Words category:

All our words from loose using have lost their edge. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Words category:

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

Ernest Hemingway - From the Work category:

When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after the first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cold and you warm as you write. (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway - From the Writing category:

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

Ernest Hemingway - From the Writing category:

-Death in the Afternoon...
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)