Ernest Hemingway – Book quotes.

Ernest Miller Hemingway is am American writer, who was born in Cicero on July 21, 1899. He grew up in Chicago but enjoyed spending time in Michigan, where he learned to appreciate nature.

He began writing for a school newspaper. Working as a journalist later had an effect on his distinctive writing style. In 1918 he was sent to the First World War as an ambulance driver. After getting injured, he was landed in a hospital. This harrowing experience served as a foundation for his novel A Farewell to Arms.

In Paris he got accounted with many famous writers. Hemingway and his wife enjoyed visiting Festival of San Fermin in Spain, which provided fodder for his debut novel The Sun Also Rises. But the couple soon broke up and he proceeded with writing his book Men Without Women.

During the Spanish Civil War Hemingway worked as a reporter and managed to gather material for his work For Whom the Bell Tolls, for which he was later nominated for Pulitzer Prize. After his most famous novel The Old Man the Sea came to light, he won the Nobel Prize. He always had a need for adventure: he hunted in Africa which caused him some injuries. During his last years he suffered from a number of diseases and on July 2, 1961, committed suicide.


“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

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

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”

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

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

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

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

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

“The first draft of anything is shit.”

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

“Maybe…you’ll fall in love with me all over again.”
“Hell,” I said, “I love you enough now. What do you want to do? Ruin me?”
“Yes. I want to ruin you.”
“Good,” I said. “That’s what I want too.”

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

“I drink to make other people more interesting.”

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

“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.”

“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.”

“All thinking men are atheists.”

“Courage is grace under pressure.”

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

“If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.”

“You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person died for no reason.”

“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.”

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

“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”

“Never confuse movement with action.”

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

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

“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.”

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

“you can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.”

“There’s no one thing that’s true. It’s all true.”

“The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.”

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

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

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

“And you’ll always love me won’t you?
And the rain won’t make any difference?

“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.”

“Write hard and clear about what hurts.”

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

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

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

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.”

“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.”

“But life isn’t hard to manage when you’ve nothing to lose.”

“The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.”

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

“Oh Jake,” Brett said, “We could have had such a damned good time together.”
Ahead was a mounted policeman in khaki directing traffic. He raised his baton. The car slowed suddenly, pressing Brett against me.
Yes,” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”

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

“All things truly wicked start from innocence.”

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

“Isn’t it pretty to think so.”

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

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“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. ”

“Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.”

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

“Often a man wishes to be alone and a girl wishes to be alone too and if they love each other they are jealous of that in each other, but I can truly say we never felt that. We could feel alone when we were together, alone against the others. But we were never lonely and never afraid when we were together.”

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