Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. 

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

There is no friend as loyal as a book.

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Cowardic is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

You're beautiful like a May fly.

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.

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

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

The shortest answer is doing the thing.

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

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.

A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

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.

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.

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.

No weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee it to be a just one.

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.

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.

All our words from loose using have lost their edge.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Prose is architecture not interior decoration and the Baroque is over.

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

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

When people talk listen completely. Most people never listen.

I know now that there is no one thing that is true - it is all true.

I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.

Never confuse movement with action.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Courage is grace under pressure.

Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.

Ezra was right half the time and when he was wrong he was so wrong you were never in any doubt about it.

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.

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

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.

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

Man is not made for defeat.

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

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.

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.

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

All things truly wicked start from innocence.

Wars are caused by undefended wealth.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Never mistake motion for action.

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

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