Amazing Ernest Hemingway Quotes and Sayings


Ernest Hemingway was a renowned American novelist, his stories, literature, and vision landed him the Nobel prize for literature in 1954. Ernest was born on July 21, 1899, in Oak Park, Illinois, America. The books he wrote, the vision he had, influenced much of American and British fiction later on in the 20th century. People loved Ernest for his “Masculine” vision in his novels and the way he lived his life, sometimes they also wanted to be in his shoes to explore that adventurous life.

Ernest was born into the house of the famous doctor Clarence Edmonds Hemingway, he was brought up in Chicago. When he enrolled in High School, he took up writing and excelled in that. He used to spend quality family time in Upper Michigan over a place called Walloon Lake, it was all very iconic.

Ernest had a passion to join the military but that plan was laid to rest because of a defective eye, although later on, he did enroll in World War 1 as an ambulance driver. During his services, he was also awarded in Milan because of his bravery in 1918.

After the war, he took up writing again, where he was also motivated by other famous writers like Gertrude Stein, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Among his famous and renowned work is The Old Man And The Sea, A Moveable Feast, In Our Time, and Death In The Afternoon.

Ernest Hemingway’s Inspirational Quotes and Sayings

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


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


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


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

Ernest Hemingway

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


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


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


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


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


10. “The first draft of anything is shit.”


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


12. “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.”


13. “I drink to make other people more interesting.”


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


15. “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 afterward 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.”


16. “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.”


17. “All thinking men are atheists.”

Ernest Hemingway

18. “Courage is grace under pressure.”


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


20. “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 everyone 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.”


21. “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.”


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


23. “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.”


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


25. “Never confuse movement with action.”


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


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


28. “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.”


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


30. “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.”


31. “I’m not brave anymore darling. I’m all broken. They’ve broken me.”


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


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


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


35. “And you’ll always love me, won’t you?

And the rain won’t make any difference?


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

Ernest Hemingway

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


38. “Write hard and clear about what hurts.”


39. “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.”


40. “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.”


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


42. “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.”


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


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


45. “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.”


46. “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?”


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


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


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


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

Ernest Hemingway

51. “All things truly wicked start from innocence.”


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


53. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”


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


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


56. “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.”


57. “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. ”


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


59. “Let him think that I am more man than I am and I will be so.”


60. “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.”


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


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


63. “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.”


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


65. “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?”


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



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


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


69. “How did you go bankrupt?”
Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.”


70. “Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don’t know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.”

Ernest Hemingway

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


72. “There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow. How old must you be before you know that? There is only now, and if now is only two days, then two days is your life and everything in it will be in proportion. This is how you live a life in two days. And 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.”


73. “The world breaks everyone 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.”


74. “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. Later he became conscious of his damaged wings and of their construction and he learned to think and could not fly anymore because the love of flight was gone and he could only remember when it had been effortless.”


75. “When you start to live outside yourself, it’s all dangerous.”


76. “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.”


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

Ernest Hemingway

78. “We are all broken—that’s how the light gets in.”


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


80. “I am always in love.”


81. “The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof, shit detector.”


82. “After writing a story I was always empty and both sad and happy, as though I had made love, and I was sure this was a very good story although I would not know truly how good until I read it over the next day.”


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


84. “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.”


85. “God knows I had not wanted to fall in love with her. I had not wanted to fall in love with anyone. But God knows I had and I lay on the bed in the room of the hospital in Milan and all sorts of things went through my head but I felt wonderful…”


86. “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.”


87. “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.”

Ernest Hemingway

88. “No one you love is ever truly lost.”


89. “I may not be as strong as I think, but I know many tricks and I have a resolution.”


90. “Going to another country doesn’t make any difference. I’ve tried all that. You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. There’s nothing to that.”


91. “Most people were heartless about turtles because a turtle’s heart will beat for hours after it has been cut up and butchered. But the old man thought, I have such a heart too.”


92. “It’s silly not to hope. It’s a sin he thought.”


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


94. “He always thought of the sea as ‘la mar’ which is what people call her in Spanish when they love her. Sometimes those who love her say bad things about her but they are always said as though she were a woman. Some of the younger fishermen, those who used buoys as floats for their lines and had motorboats, bought when the shark livers had brought much money, spoke of her as ‘el mar’ which is masculine. They spoke of her as a contestant or a place or even an enemy. But the old man always thought of her as feminine and as something that gave or withheld great favors, and if she did wild or wicked things it was because she could not help them. The moon affects her as it does a woman, he thought.”


95. “I’m not unfaithful, darling. I’ve plenty of faults but I’m very faithful. You’ll be sick of me I’ll be so faithful.”


96. “The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one… (The man who first said that) was probably a coward… 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.”


97. “Would you please please please please please please please stop talking?”

Ernest Hemingway

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


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


100. “You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.”


101. “Everyone behaves badly–given the chance.”


102. “He would lie in the bed and finally, with daylight, he would go to sleep. After all, he said to himself, it is probably only insomnia. Many must have it.”


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

Ernest Hemingway

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


105. “The thing is to become a master and in your old age to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing. ”

Lessons To Learn From The Life Of Ernest Hemingway

Take Risks And Don‘t Be Afraid To Fail

Hemingway was a risktaker who wasn‘t afraid to fail. He pursued his dreams and took chances to make them come true. He wrote books, even when they weren‘t popular, and he traveled the world, even when it was dangerous.

Live Life To The Fullest 

Ernest Hemingway lived life to its fullest. He wrote, fished, hunted, traveled, drank, and he lived in some of the most beautiful places in the world. He was passionate about life and embraced each day with enthusiasm.

Pursue Your Passions 

He was passionate about his writing and his travel. He was an incredibly talented writer and he used his talent to pursue his passions. He wrote books, stories, and even plays. He traveled to exotic places and experienced cultures that others only dreamed of.

Persevere Through Adversity 

Hemingway dealt with many personal and professional challenges throughout his life. He experienced depression and struggled to finish writing projects. He was also rejected by publishers and experienced poverty. Despite all of these challenges, he persevered and continued to pursue his passions.

Be Creative And Take Time To Reflect 

Hemingway was known for his creative writing style and he often took time to reflect on his experiences. He used his writing to explore his thoughts and feelings. He also took time to appreciate nature and explore his surroundings.


Ernest Hemingway is an inspirational figure for many writers and readers alike. He was renowned for his minimalist writing style, which has been widely praised and emulated. He was also a great storyteller, who used vivid imagery and symbolism to convey his messages.

His works often explored themes of courage, endurance, and the human spirit. He was also a passionate advocate for the power of literature and its ability to change lives. His life and writing have been a source of inspiration for many aspiring authors and readers alike.

Ernest Hemingway was a master of his craft and an example to aspiring writers. He showed us that it‘s possible to write great stories while maintaining a simple, direct style. He also demonstrated the importance of keeping a disciplined writing schedule and learning how to handle rejection. By studying Hemingway‘s writings, we can learn a great deal about how to become a better writer.

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