35 Inspiring Ernest Hemingway Quotes

Ernest Miller Hemingway was a famous American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. He was born on July 21, 1899, and died on July 2, 1961.35 Ernest Hemingway Quotes

Following are the 35 Ernest Hemingway Quotes from his famous books.

Ernest Hemingway Quotes


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


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


“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.”


“The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof, shit detector. This is the writer’s radar and all great writers have had it.”



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


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


“Every day above earth is a good day.”


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


“All things truly wicked start from innocence.”


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



“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.”


“There are only three sports: mountain climbing, bull fighting, and motor racing. All the rest are merely games.”


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


“Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know.”


“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.”



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


“Never mistake motion for action.”


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


“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.”


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


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



“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.”


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


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


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“Courage is grace under pressure.”


“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.”


“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.”



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


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


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


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


“You see it’s awfully hard to talk or write about your own stuff because if it is any good you yourself know about how good it is — but if you say so yourself you feel like a shit.”


“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.”



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


“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.”


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