Quotes by Ernest Hemingway

quotes by Ernest Hemingway

Best 794 Quotes by Ernest Hemingway

all modern american  quote by ernest hemingway

“ All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. ”

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i know war as few ot quote by ernest hemingway

“ I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes. ”

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there is no lonelier quote by ernest hemingway

“ 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. ”

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they wrote in the ol quote by ernest hemingway

“ 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. ”

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never think that war quote by ernest hemingway

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

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“ 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. ”

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“ Courage is grace under pressure. ”

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“ The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists. ”

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“ 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. ”

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“ 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. ”

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“ 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. ”

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“ 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. ”

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“ Cowardice... is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination. ”

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“ Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth. ”

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“ You can write any time people will leave you alone and not interrupt you. Or, rather, you can if you will be ruthless enough about it. But the best writing is certainly when you are in love. ”

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

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“ I love to go to the zoo. But not on Sunday. I don't like to see the people making fun of the animals, when it should be the other way around. ”

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“ 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. ”

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“ I always rewrite each day up to the point where I stopped. When it is all finished, naturally you go over it. You get another chance to correct and rewrite when someone else types it, and you see it clean in type. The last chance is in the proofs. You're grateful for these different chances. ”

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“ When I am working on a book or a story, I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you, and it is cool or cold, and you come to your work and warm as you write. ”

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“ In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason. ”

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“ I rewrote the ending to 'Farewell to Arms,' the last page of it, thirty-nine times before I was satisfied. ”

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“ All our words from loose using have lost their edge. ”

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“ Wars are caused by undefended wealth. ”

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“ A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book. ”

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“ 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. ”

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“ You see, I am trying in all my stories to get the feeling of the actual life across - not to just depict life - or criticize it - but to actually make it alive. So that when you have read something by me, you actually experience the thing. You can't do this without putting in the bad and the ugly as well as what is beautiful. ”

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“ When you go to war as a boy, you have a great illusion of immortality. Other people get killed, not you... Then, when you are badly wounded the first time, you lose that illusion, and you know it can happen to you. ”

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“ Certainly it is valuable to a trained writer to crash in an aircraft which burns. He learns several important things very quickly. Whether they will be of use to him is conditioned by survival. Survival, with honor, that outmoded and all-important word, is as difficult as ever and as all-important to a writer. ”

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“ 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. ”

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“ Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up. ”

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

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“ Man is not made for defeat. ”

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

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

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

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“ When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature. ”

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“ 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. ”

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“ There's no one thing that is true. They're all true. ”

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“ What is moral is what you feel good after, and what is immoral is what you feel bad after. ”

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“ There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self. ”

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“ 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. ”

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“ World War I was the most colossal, murderous, mismanaged butchery that has ever taken place on earth. Any writer who said otherwise lied, So the writers either wrote propaganda, shut up, or fought. ”

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“ You never kill anyone you want to kill in a war, he said to himself. ”

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“ In those days we did not trust anyone who had not been in the war, but we did notcompletely trust anyone. ”

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“ I had seen nothing sacred, and the things that were glorious had no glory and the sacrifices were like the stockyards at Chicago if nothing was done with the meat except to bury it. ”

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“ He said we were all cooked but we were all right as long as we did not know it. We were all cooked. The thing was not to recognize it. The last country to realize they were cooked would win the war. ”

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“ I wish I could write well enough to write that story, he thought. What we did. Not what the others did to us. ”

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“ Named Harris, Bill said. Ever know him, Mike? He was in the war, too.Fortunate fellow, Mike said. What times we had. How I wish those dear days were back. ”

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“ Why must man not marry? He cannot marry. He cannot marry, he said angrily. If he is to lose everything, he should not place himself in a position to lose that. He should not place himself in a position to lose. He should find things he cannot lose. ”

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“ But these, wide-finned in silver, roaring, the light mist of their propellers in the sun, these do not move like sharks. They move like nothing there has ever been. They move like mechanized doom. ”

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“ Are you a communist?No I am an anti-fascistFor a long time?Since I have understood fascism. ”

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“ It's all nonsense. It's only nonsense. I'm not afraid of the rain. I'm not afraid of the rain. Oh, oh, God, I wish I wasn't.' She was crying. I comforted her and she stopped crying. But outside it kept on raining. ”

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“ In those days, there was no money to buy books. ”

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“ What a writer has to do is write what hasn't been written before or beat dead men at what they have done. ”

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“ Let us sleep," he said and he felt the long light body, warm against him, comforting against him, abolishing loneliness against him, magically, by a simple touching of flanks, of shoulders and of feet, making an alliance against death with him. ”

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“ For her everything was red, orange, gold-red from the sun on the closed eyes, and it all was that color, all of it, the filling, the possessing, the having, all of that color, all in a blindness of that color."- Ernest Hemingway, ”

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“ The professor at the boxing gymnasium wore mustaches and was very precise and jerky and went all to pieces if you started after him. ”

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“ 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. ”

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“ The purple, formalized, iridescent, gelatinous bladder of a Portuguese man-of-war was floating close beside the boat. It turned on its side and then righted itself. It floated cheerfully as a bubble with its long deadly purple filaments trailing a yard behind in the water. ”

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“ Brett was damned good-looking. She wore a slip-over jersey sweater and a tweed skirt, and her hair was brushed back like a boy's. She started all that. She was built with curves like the hull of a racing yacht, and you missed none of it with that wool jersey. ”

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“ I had an inheritance from my father,It was the moon and the sun.And though I roam all over the world,The spending of it's never done." ”

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“ He was violating the second rule of the two rules for getting on well with people that speak Spanish; give the men tobacco and leave the women alone" ”

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“ Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife underhand into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all the furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it. ”

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“ Got tight on absinthe last night. Did knife tricks. ”

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“ Rush, that most exciting perversion of life, the necessity of accomplishing something in less time than should be truly allowed for its doing. ”

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“ Never mistake motion for action. ”

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“ it wasn't by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. ”

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“ All the critics who could not make their reputations by discovering you are hoping to make them by predicting hopefully your approaching impotence, failure and general drying up of natural juices. Not a one will wish you luck or hope that you will keep on writing unless you have political affiliations in which case these will rally around and speak of you and Homer, Balzac, Zola and Link Steffens. ”

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“ In the spring mornings I would work early while my wife still slept. The windows were open wide and the cobbles of the street were drying after the rain. ”

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

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“ I drink to make other people more interesting. ”

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

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“ Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough. ”

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“ I love you and I always will and I am sorry. What a useless word. ”

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“ I love you for all that you are, all that you have been, all that you're yet to be. ”

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“ Anglers have a way of romanticizing their battles with fish. ”

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“ A severed femoral artery empties itself faster than you can believe. ”

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“ Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports... all the others are games. ”

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

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“ In stating as fully as I could how things really were, it was often very difficult and I wrote awkwardly and the awkwardness is what they called my style. All mistakes and awkwardness are easy to see, and they called it style. ”

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“ I might say that what amateurs call a style is usually only the unavoidable awkwardnesses in first trying to make something that has not heretofore been made. Almost no new classics resemble other previous classics. At first people see only the awkwardness. Then they are not so perceptible. When they show so very awkwardly people think these awkwardnesses are the style and many copy them. This is regrettable. ”

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

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“ Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over. ”

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“ 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." ”

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

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“ A beautiful vacuum filled with wealthy monogamists, all powerful and members of the best families all drinking themselves to death. ”

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“ The bicycle riders drank much wine, and were burned and browned by the sun. They did not take the race seriously except among themselves. ”

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“ 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. ”

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“ My big fish must be somewhere. ”

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“ Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones. ”

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“ Nobody climbs on skis now and almost everybody breaks their legs but maybe it is easier in the end to break your legs than to break your heart although they say that everything breaks now and that sometimes, afterwards, many are stronger at the broken places. ”

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“ 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. ”

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“ There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games. ”

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“ Develop a built-in bullshit detector. ”

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“ (World War I) was the most colossal, murderous, mismanaged butchery that has ever taken place on earth. Any writer who said otherwise lied, So the writers either wrote propaganda, shut up, or fought. ”

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“ It was a pleasant cafe, warm and clean and friendly, and I hung up my old water-proof on the coat rack to dry and put my worn and weathered felt hat on the rack above the bench and ordered a cafe au lait. The waiter brought it and I took out a notebook from the pocket of the coat and a pencil and started to write. ”

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“ A girl came in the cafe and sat by herself at a table near the window. She was very pretty with a face fresh as a newly minted coin if they minted coins in smooth flesh with rain-freshened skin, and her hair black as a crow's wing and cut sharply and diagonally across her cheek. ”

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“ The echoes of beauty you've seen transpire, Resound through dying coals of a campfire. ”

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

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“ 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. ”

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“ For luck you carried a horse chestnut and a rabbit?s foot in your right pocket. The fur had been worn off the rabbit?s foot long ago and the bones and the sinews were polished by the wear. The claws scratched in the lining of your pocket and you knew your luck was still there. ”

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“ It is impossible to believe the emotional and spiritual intensity and pure, classic beauty that can be produced by a man, an animal, and a piece of scarlet serge draped over a stick. ”

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“ 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. ”

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“ I was young and not gloomy and there were always strange and comic things that happened in the worst time... ”

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

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

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“ 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. ”

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“ We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. ”

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“ My attitude toward punctuation is that it ought to be as conventional as possible. The game of golf would lose a good deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green. You ought to be able to show that you can do it a good deal better than anyone else with the regular tools before you have a license to bring in your own improvements. ”

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

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“ 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. ”

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“ As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans. ”

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

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“ 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. ”

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

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“ 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. ”

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“ It was like certain dinners I remember from the war. There was much wine, an ignored tension, and a feeling of things coming that you could not prevent happening. Under the wine I lost the disgusted feeling and was happy. It seemed they were all such nice people. ”

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“ 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. ”

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“ Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary... ”

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“ Write drunk; edit sober. ”

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“ I'm not going to get into the ring with Tolstoy. ”

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“ Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age. ”

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“ In every port in the world, at least two Estonians can be found. ”

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“ The clouds were building up now for the trade wind and he looked ahead and saw a flight of wild ducks etching themselves against the sky over the water, then blurring, then etching again and he knew no man was ever alone on the sea. ”

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“ There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention. ”

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“ You're an expatriate. You've lost touch with the soil. You get precious. Fake European standards have ruined you. You drink yourself to death. You become obsessed by sex. You spend all your time talking, not working. You are an expatriate, see? You hang around cafTs. ”

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“ What difference does it make if you live in a picturesque little outhouse surrounded by 300 feeble minded goats and your faithful dog? The question is: Can you write? ”

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“ Ascensions into heaven are like falling leaves sad and happy all at the same time Going away isn't really sad especially when your going enables a new kind of presence to be born. ”

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“ Don't get discouraged because there's a lot of mechanical work to writing. I rewrote the first part of Farewell to Arms at least fifty times. ”

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“ 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. ”

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“ It seemed out of place to think of consequences during the fiesta. ”

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“ that every day should be a fiesta seemed to me a marvelous discovery ”

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“ Anyone can be a fisherman in May. ”

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

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“ Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the Romance of the unusual. ”

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“ You are all a lost generation. [with credit to Gertrude Stein] ”

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

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“ God knows I didn't mean to fall in love with her ”

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

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“ All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened and after you are finished reading one you feel that it all happened to you and after which it all belongs to you. ”

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“ A bottle of wine was good company. ”

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“ Good writing is good conversation, only more so. ”

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“ Hunger is good discipline. ”

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“ No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure. ”

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“ What is the definition of guts? Grace under pressure. ”

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“ How lazily the sun goes down in Granada, it hides beneath the water, it conceals in the Alhambra! ”

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“ There can be no great literature in America until her writers have learned to trust her implicitly and love her devoutly. ”

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“ There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity. Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene. ”

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“ There was no really good true war book during the entire four years of the war. The only true writing that came through during the war was in poetry. One reason for this is that poets are not arrested as quickly as prose writers. ”

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“ There is no such thing as great writing - there is only great re-writing! ”

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“ There is a mystery in all great writing and that mystery does not dissect out. It continues and is always valid. ”

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“ Our nada who art in nada, nada be thy name thy kingdom nada thy will be nada in nada as it is in nada. Give us this nada our daily nada and nada us our nada as we nada our nadas and nada us not into nada but deliver us from nada; pues nada. Hail nothing full of nothing, nothing is with thee. ”

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

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ If the others heard me talking out loud they would think that I am crazy. But since I am not, I do not care. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I loved you when I saw you today and I loved you always but I never saw you before. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I kept this to remind me of you trying to brush away the Villa Rossa from your teeth in the morning, swearing and eating aspirin and cursing harlots. Every time I see that glass I think of you trying to clean your conscience with a toothbrush. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ There is seven-eights of it under water for every part that shows. Anything you know you can eliminate and it only strengthens your iceberg. It is the part that doesn't show. If a writer omits something because he does not know it then there is a hole in the story. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ A person with increasing knowledge and sensory education may derive infinite enjoyment from wine. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I've been in love (truly) with five women, the Spanish Republic and the 4th Infantry Division. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ All things truly wicked start from innocence. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Happiness is often presented as being very dull but, he thought, lying awake, that is because dull people are sometimes very happy and intelligent people can and do go around making themselves and everyone else miserable. He had never found happiness dull. It always seemed more exciting than any other thing and capable of as great intensity as sorrow to those people who were capable of having it. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,710 feet high, and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called the Masai 'Ngaje Ngai', the House of God. Close to the western summit there is a dried and frozen carcas of a leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ To stay in places and to leave, to trust, to distrust, to no longer believe and believe again, . . . to watch the snow come, to watch it go, to hear rain on a tent, to know where I can find what I want. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Keep right on lying to me. That's what I want you to do. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Life is pain, so live it up while you can. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ My only regret in life is that I did not drink more wine. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Live it up so you can write it down. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Don't you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you're not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you've lived nearly half the time you have to live already? ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I was always a lonely person when I was with everyone. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Why do old men wake so early? Is it to have one longer day? ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ He rested sitting on the un-stepped mast and sail and tried not to think but only to endure. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I mistrust all frank and simple people, especially when their stories hold together ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ No horse named Morbid ever won a race. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Never fall in love?" "Always," said the count. "I am always in love. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ [Never give up hope. Never give in to pessimism. Never despair.] No horse named Morbid ever won a race! ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The time to work is shorter all the time and if you waste it you ... have committed a sin for which there is no forgiveness. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ As a Nobel Prize winner I cannot but regret that the award was never given to Mark Twain, nor to Henry James, speaking only of my own countrymen. Greater writers than these also did not receive the prize. I would have been happy - happier - today if the prize had been given to that beautiful writer Isak Dinesen. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene beside the concrete names of villages, the numbers of roads, the names of rivers, the numbers of regiments and the dates. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ You are killing me, fish, the old man thought. But you have a right to. Never have I seen a greater, or more beautiful, or a calmer or more noble thing than you, brother. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Fish," the old man said. "Fish, you are going to have to die anyway. Do you have to kill me too? ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Honor to a Spaniard, no matter how dishonest, is as real a thing as water, wine, or olive oil. There is honor among pickpockets and honor among whores. It is simply that the standards differ. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ No one you love is ever truly lost. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Religion is the opium of the poor ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right and wrong nor the breathing of someone who lay beside you in the moonlight. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The parody is the last refuge of the frustrated writer. Parodies are what you write when you are associate editor of the Harvard Lampoon. The greater the work of literature, the easier the parody. The step up from writing parodies is writing on the wall above the urinal. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Romance was a game, like bridge, in which you said things instead of playing cards. Like bridge you had to pretend you were playing for money or playing for some stakes. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I'm tired of everybody. Please forgive me. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Read anything I write for the pleasure of reading it. Whatever else you find will be the measure of what you brought to the reading. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ When you give power to an executive you do not know who will be filling that position when the time of crisis comes. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ In a power hungry, power worshipping society, men label themselves atheist. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ A writer should be of as great probity and honesty as a priest of God. He is either honest or not, as a woman is either chaste or not, and after one piece of dishonest writing he is never the same again. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Ronda is the place where to go, if you are planning to travel to Spain for a honeymoon or for being with a girlfriend. The whole city and its surroundings are a romantic set. ... Nice promenades, good wine, excellent food, nothing to do... ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ But I think the Great DiMaggio would be proud of me today. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ A writer can be compared to a well. There are as many kinds of wells as there are writers. The important thing is to have good water in the well, and it is better to take a regular amount out than to pump the well dry and wait for it to refill. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I do not want you ever to initiate any action for any refunds of taxes without first consulting me and presenting the matter fully to me so that I may judge whether it is an honorable and ethical action to take, not simply legally, but according to my own personal standards. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Retirement is the ugliest word in the language. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ we would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ This was a big storm and he might as well enjoy it. It was ruining everything, but you might as well enjoy it ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ To show his nervousness was not shameful; only to admit it. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Bigotry is an odd thing. To be bigoted you have to be absolutely sure you are right and nothing makes that surety and righteousness like continence. Continence is the foe of heresy. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ In Dostoevsky there were things unbelievable and not to be believed, but some so true they changed you as you read them; frailty and madness, wickedness and saintliness, and the insanity of gambling were there to know as you knew the landscape and the roads in turgenev ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Everything became quite unreal finally and it seemed as though nothing could have any consequences. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The fun of talk is to explore, but much of it and all that is irresponsible should not be written. Once written you have to stand by it. You may have said it to see whether you believed it or not. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The old man knew he was going far out and he left the smell of the land behind and rowed out into the clean early morning smell of the ocean. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ He was too simple to wonder when he had attained humility. But he knew he had attained it and he knew it was not disgraceful and it carried no loss of true pride. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one?''Of course. Who said it?''I don't know.''He was probably a coward,' she said. "He knew a great deal about cowards but nothing about the brave. The brave dies perhaps two thousand deaths if he's intelligent. He simply doesn't mention them. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I love to write. But it has never gotten any easier to do and you can't expect it to if you keep trying for something better than you can do. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Clearly I miss Him, having been brought up in religion. But now a man must be responsible to himself. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I knew that now, reading it in the oversensitized state of my mind after too much brandy, I would remember it somewhere, and afterward it would seem as though it had really happened to me. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Then he was sorry for the great fish... How many people will he feed?.. But are they worthy to eat him? No, of course, not. There is no one worthy of eating him from the manner of his behavior and his great dignity. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Why, darling, I don't live at all when I'm not with you. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ No. Have it here where it is quiet." "You and your quiet", said Brett. "What is it men feel about quiet?" "We like it," said the count. Like you like your noise, my dear. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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? ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ You are going to die like a dog for no good reason ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Have faith in the Yankees my son. Think of the great DiMaggio. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The shortest answer is doing the thing. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The gypsies believe the bear to be a brother to man because he has the same body beneath his hide, because he drinks beer, because he enjoys music and because he likes to dance. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ If my Valentine you won't be,I'll hang myself on your Christmas tree. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ He remembered poor Julian [actually F. Scott Fitzgerald] and his romantic awe of them and how he had started a story once that began, "The very rich are different from you and me." And how someone had said to Julian, "Yes, they have more money." ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Scott Fitzgerald was mortally afraid of lightning. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Actually if a writer needs a dictionary he should not write. He should have read the dictionary at least three times from beginning to end and then have loaned it to someone who needs it. There are only certain words which are valid and similes (bring me my dictionary) are like defective ammunition (the lowest thing I can think of at this time). ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The brown blotches of the benevolent skin cancer the sun brings from its reflection on the tropic sea were on his cheeks. The blotches ran well down the sides of his face and his hands had the deep-creased scars from handling heavy fish on the cords. But none of these scars were fresh. They were as old as erosions in a fishless desert. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ He's a great writer. If I didn't think so I wouldn't have tried to kill him... I was the champ and when I read his stuff I knew he had something. So I dropped a heavy glass skylight on his head at a drinking party. But you can't kill the guy. He's not human. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ There is no night life in Spain. They stay up late but they get up late. That is not night life. That is delaying the day. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ If you stop complaining and asking for what you never will get, you will have a good life. A good life is not measured by any biblical span. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I decided to stop drinking with creeps. I decided to drink only with friends. I've lost 30 pounds. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I would walk along the quais when I had finished work or when I was trying to think something out. It was easier to think if I was walking and doing something or seeing people doing something that they understood. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Try and write straight English; never using slang except in dialogue and then only when unavoidable. Because all slang goes sour in a short time. I only use swear words, for example, that have lasted at least a thousand years for fear of getting stuff that will be simply timely and then go sour. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ It's harder to write in the third person but the advantage is you move around better. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with that there is ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ To me heaven would be a big bull ring with me holding two barrera seats and a trout stream outside that no one else was allowed to fish in and two lovely houses in the town; one where I would have my wife and children and be monogamous and love them truly and well and the other where I would have my nine beautiful mistresses on nine different floors. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ It is a miserable thing to have people writing about your private life while you are alive. I have tried to stop it all that I could but there have been many abuses by people I trusted. You cannot stop trusting people in life but I have learned to be a little bit careful. The way to make people trust-worthy is to trust them. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ You cannot stop trusting people in life but I have learned to be a little bit careful. The way to make people trust-worthy is to trust them. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Find the best writers, pay them to write, and avoid typos at all costs. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Do you know how an ugly woman feels? Do you know what it is to be ugly all your life and inside to feel that you are beautiful? It is very rare. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Paris is so very beautiful that it satisfies something in you that is always hungry in America. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The only place where you could see life and death, i. e., violent death now that the wars were over, was in the bull ring and I wanted very much to go to Spain where I could study it. I was trying to learn to write, commencing with the simplest things, and one of the simplest things of all and the most fundamental is violent death. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I love thee and thou art so lovely and so wonderful and so beautiful and it does such things to me to be with thee that I feel as though I wanted to die when I am loving thee. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whisky? ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The only decent bone in her body was mine. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ And how much better to die in all the happy period of undisillusioned youth, to go out in a blaze of light, than to have your body worn out and old and illusions shattered. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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 another. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ A writer without a sense of justice or injustice would be better off editing the yearbook for a school for exceptional children. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Tell me some true things about fighting.''Tell me you love me.''I love you,' the girl said. 'You can publish it in the Gazzettino if you like. I love your hard, flat body and your strange eyes that frighten me when they become wicked. I love your hand and all your other wounded places. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Why should anybody be interested in some old man who was a failure? ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Pound's crazy. All poets are. They have to be. You don't put a poet like Pound in the loony bin. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ After you finish a book, you know, you're dead. But no one knows you're dead. All they see is the irresponsibility that comes in after the terrible responsibility of writing. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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 (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I never had to choose a subject - my subject rather chose me. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I wake up in the morning and my mind starts making sentences, and I have to get rid of them fast - talk them or write them down. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you quit, try. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ A cat has absolute honesty. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ War is no longer made by simply analyzed economic forces if it ever was. War is made or planned now by individual men, demagogues and dictators who play on the patriotism of their people to mislead them into a belief in the great fallacy of war when all their vaunted reforms have failed to satisfy the people they misrule. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Being against evil doesn't make you good. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ No animal has more liberty than the cat, but it buries the mess it makes. The cat is the best anarchist. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Show the readers everything, tell them nothing. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ You may talk. And I may listen. And miracles might happen. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Go all the way with it. Do not back off. For once, go all the goddamn way with what matters. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Work every day. No matter what has happened the day or night before, get up and bite on the nail. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ A good life is not measured by any biblical span. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 'Safety', the wife of Pablo said. 'There is no such thing as safety. There are so many seeking safety here now that they make a great danger. In seeking safety now you lose all.' ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Fascism is a lie told by bullies. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Look at things ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Out of all the things you could not have there were some things that you could have and one of those was to know when you were happy and to enjoy all of it while it was there and it was good. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ You're my religion. You're all I've got. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The writer's job is to tell the truth, ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ You ought to dream. All our biggest businessmen have been dreamers. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every day when you are writing a novel you will never be stuck. That is the most valuable thing I can tell you so try to remember it. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Find what gave you emotion; what the action was that gave you excitement. Then write it down making it clear so that the reader can see it too. Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ To hell with them. Nothing hurts if you don't let it. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Never confuse movement with action. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The first draft of anything is sh*t. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ America is the land of wide lawns and narrow minds. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Imagination? It is the one thing beside honesty that a good writer must have. The more he learns from experience the more he can imagine. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I am thee and thou art me and all of one is the other. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I have a rotten habit of picturing the bedroom scenes of my friends. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Wine ... offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than possibly any other purely sensory thing which may be purchased. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Intelligence is so damn rare and the people who have it often have such a bad time with it that they get bitter or propagandistic and then it's not much use. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Perhaps I should not have been a fisherman, he thought. But that was the thing that I was born for. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ As long as you can start, you are all right. The juice will come. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I'm trying in all my stories to get the feeling of the actual life acrossҀ”not to just depict lifeҀ”or criticize itҀ”but to actually make it alive. So that when you have read something by me you actually experience the thing. You can't do this without putting in the bad and the ugly as well as what is beautiful. Because if it is all beautiful you can't believe in it. Things aren't that way. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I was so sentimental about you I'd break any one's heart for you. My, I was a damned fool. I broke my own heart, too. It's broken and gone. Everything I believe in and everything I cared about I left for you because you were so wonderful and you loved me so much that love was all that mattered. Love was the greatest thing, wasn't it? ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ We in America should see that no man is ever given, no matter how gradually or how noble and excellent the man, the power to put this country into a war which is now being prepared and brought closer each day with all the pre-meditation of a long planned murder. For when you give power to an executive you do not know who will be filling that position when the time of crisis comes. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ There will always be people who say it does not exist because they cannot have it. But I tell you it is true and that you have it and that you are lucky even if you die tomorrow. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ War is not won by victory. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Most people never listen. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ We're stronger in the places that we've been broken. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ In going where you have to go, and doing what you have to do, and seeing what you have to see, you'll dull and blunt the instrument you write with. But I would rather have it bent and dull and know I had to put it to the grindstone again and hammer it into shape and put a whetstone to it, and know that I had something to write about, than to have it bright and shining and nothing to say, or smooth and well-oiled in the closet, but unused. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Any man's life, told truly, is a novel... ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Why did they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so cruel? ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Remember everything is right until it's wrong. You'll know when it's wrong. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ If a writer stops observing, he is finished. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ To be able to say: I loved this person, we had a hell of a nice time together, it's over but in a way it will never be over and I do know that I for sure loved this person, to be able to say that and mean it, that's rare. That's rare and valuable. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ You see I'm trying in all my stories to get the feeling of the actual life across, not just to depict life, or criticize it, but to actually make it alive. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ For a true writer each book should be a new beginning, where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ There are the two curses of Spain, the bulls and the priests. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Everything is your fault if you're any damn good. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ 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. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ There is no left and right in writing. There is only good and bad writing. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Everyone has his own conscience, and there should be no rules about how a conscience should function. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ By then I knew that everything good and bad left an emptiness when it stopped. But if it was bad, the emptiness filled up by itself. If it was good you could only fill it by finding something better. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ But in the night he woke and held her tight as though she were all of life and it was being taken from him. He held her feeling she was all of life there was and it was true. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ One cat just leads to another. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Fish," he said, "I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Oh, now, now, now, the only now, and above all now, and there is no other now but thou now and now is thy prophet. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Creation's probably overrated. After all, God made the world in only six days and rested on the seventh. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I never knew of a Morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Never sit a table when you can stand at the bar. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better. ”

Ernest Hemingway (Source: SoberSides.com)