Ernest Hemingway quotes

Born
July 21, 1899, Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.

Died
July 2, 1961.

Occupation
Novelist, short story writer, journalist.

Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations.

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

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

Have faith in the Yankees, my son.
– Ernest Hemingway

The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.
– 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 style of architecture.
– Ernest Hemingway

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

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

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

All things truly wicked start from an innocence.
– Ernest Hemingway

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

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

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

All thinking men are atheists.
– Ernest Hemingway

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

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

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 movable feast.
– Ernest Hemingway

A writer’s problem does not change. It is always how to write truly and having found out what is true to project it in such a way that it becomes part of the experience of the person who reads it.
– Ernest Hemingway

All right. Have it your own way. Road to hell paved with unbought stuffed dogs.Not my fault.
– Ernest Hemingway

This wine is too good for toast-drinking, my dear. You don’t want to mix emotions up with a wine like that. You lose the taste.
– Ernest Hemingway

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

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

Never write about a place until you’re away from it, because that gives you perspective.
– Ernest Hemingway

There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.
– Ernest Hemingway

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

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

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

All the contact I have had with politics has left me feeling as though I had been drinking out of spittoons.
– Ernest Hemingway

The shortest answer is doing the thing.
– Ernest Hemingway

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

Develop a built-in bullshit detector.
– Ernest Hemingway

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

A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
– Ernest Hemingway

Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones.
– Ernest Hemingway

Never mistake motion for action.
– Ernest Hemingway

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

Wars are caused by undefended wealth.
– Ernest Hemingway

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

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

Oak Park is a neighborhood of wide lawns and narrow minds.
– Ernest Hemingway

But in modern war you will die like a dog for no good reason.
– Ernest Hemingway

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