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Ernest Hemingway quotes and quotations

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

All things truly wicked start from innocence.
Ernest Hemingway

But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
Ernest Hemingway

The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger at the broken places.
Ernest Hemingway

Courage is grace under pressure.
Ernest Hemingway

A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
Ernest Hemingway

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

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

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

Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.
Ernest Hemingway

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

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

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

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

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

Defense is the stronger form with the negative object, and attack the weaker form with the positive object.
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I know now that there is no one thing that is true - it is all true.
Ernest Hemingway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The game of golf would lose a great deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green.
Ernest Hemingway

Never mistake motion for action.
Ernest Hemingway

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

The 1st panacea of a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the 2nd is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; a permanent ruin.
Ernest Hemingway

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

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

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

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

The man who has begun to live more seriously within begins to live more simply without.
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

For a war to be just three conditions are necessary - public authority, just cause, right motive.
Ernest Hemingway

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

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

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

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

Wars are caused by undefended wealth.
Ernest Hemingway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or 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 is not made for defeat.
Ernest Hemingway

Some people show evil as a great racehorse shows breeding. They have the dignity of a hard chancre.
Ernest Hemingway

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

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

What is moral is what you feel good after, and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
Ernest Hemingway

The shortest answer is doing the thing.
Ernest Hemingway

The sinews of war are five - men, money, materials, maintenance (food) and morale.
Ernest Hemingway

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

All things truly wicked start from an innocence.
Ernest Hemingway

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

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

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

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