Ernest Hemingway quotes

A list created by: Lee Sonogan

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He was born in 1899 and died in the year of 1961. Known for being a journalist, a novelist and a short-story writer. Hemingway survived exposure to anthrax, malaria, skin cancer, and pneumonia. He lived through diabetes, two plane crashes, a ruptured kidney, hepatitis, a ruptured spleen, a fractured skull, a crushed vertebra, and the only thing he could not stop was himself.

  • “Never confuse movement with action.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “Courage is grace under pressure.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “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.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “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 new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “Never write about a place until you’re away from it, because that gives you perspective” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “The best ammunition against lies is the truth, there is no ammunition against gossip. It is like a fog and the clear wind blows it away and the sun burns it off.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “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. That is why you write and for no other reason that you know of. But what about all the reasons that no one knows?” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “What is moral is what you feel good after, and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “All things truly wicked start from innocence.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “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
  • “The man who has begun to live more seriously within begins to live more simply without.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “A man’s got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” – Ernest Hemingway

I learnt of Ernest Hemingway after watching an episode of DC’s Legends of Tommorow episode. While being in the area of Hemmingway, it made me wanna research the man. And I was not disappointed. In the end, Ernest killed himself with his favourite shotgun, purchased from Abercrombie & Fitch
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