Top 50 Best Quotes of Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

Quotes of Ernest Hemingway: Ernest Hemingway was an American author and journalist. He is considered one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. His work has been praised for its economy of language and its emotional impact. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.

Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1899. He served in the Italian army during World War I and was wounded while working as an ambulance driver. After his return to the United States, he began his career as a journalist.

Ernest Hemingway Quotes

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

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

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

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

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

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

“I drink to make other people more interesting.”

“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.”


“Courage is grace under pressure.”

“All thinking men are atheists.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

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

“Never confuse movement with action.”

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

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

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

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


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

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

“And you'll always love me won't you? Yes And the rain won't make any difference? No”

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

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

“Write hard and clear about what hurts.

“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.”

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

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

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

“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.”

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

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

“All things truly wicked start from innocence.”

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

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

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

“Isn't it pretty to think so.

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

“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.

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