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Quotes by Ernest Hemingway (Page 3 of 3)

Quote: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of Ernest Hemingway quote: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.- black text on quotes background

Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.


Quote: I had an inheritance from my father,
It was the moon and the sun.
And though I roam all over the world,
The spending of it's never done. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

I had an inheritance from my father,
It was the moon and the sun.
And though I roam all over the world,
The spending of it's never done.


Quote: I regarded home as a place I left behind in order to come back to it afterward. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

I regarded home as a place I left behind in order to come back to it afterward.


Quote: You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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


Quote: Oh, darling, I've been so miserable. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

Oh, darling, I've been so miserable.


Quote: 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. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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.




Quote: The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.


Quote: 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. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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.


Quote: People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.


Quote: It is one thing to be in the proximity of death, to know more or less what she is, and it is quite another thing to seek her. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

It is one thing to be in the proximity of death, to know more or less what she is, and it is quite another thing to seek her.


Quote: Love is something that hangs up behind the bathroom door and smells of Lysol. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

Love is something that hangs up behind the bathroom door and smells of Lysol.


Quote: Night is always darker before the dawn and life is the same, the hard times will pass, everything will get better and sun will shine brighter than ever. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

Night is always darker before the dawn and life is the same, the hard times will pass, everything will get better and sun will shine brighter than ever.


Quote: 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. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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.


Quote: It's none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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


Quote: The first draft of everything is shit. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

The first draft of everything is shit.


Quote: Life is pain, so live it up while you can. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

Life is pain, so live it up while you can.


Quote: All a man has is pride. Sometimes you have it so much it is a sin. We have all done things for pride that we knew were impossible. We didn't care. But a man must implement his pride with intelligence and care. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

All a man has is pride. Sometimes you have it so much it is a sin. We have all done things for pride that we knew were impossible. We didn't care. But a man must implement his pride with intelligence and care.


Quote: Night is always darker before the dawn and life is the same, the hard times will pass, every thing will get better and sun will shine brighter than ever. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

Night is always darker before the dawn and life is the same, the hard times will pass, every thing will get better and sun will shine brighter than ever.


Quote: The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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


Quote: My writing is nothing, my boxing is everything. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

My writing is nothing, my boxing is everything.


Quote: 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. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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.


Quote: All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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


Quote: When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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


Quote: Wars are caused by undefended wealth. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

Wars are caused by undefended wealth.


Quote: 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. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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.


Quote: All good books have one thing in common -- they are truer than if they had really happened. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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




Quote: Time is the least thing we have of. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

Time is the least thing we have of.


Quote: Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.


Quote: Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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


Quote: On the 'Star,' you were forced to learn to write a simple declarative sentence. This is useful to anyone. Newspaper work will not harm a young writer and could help him if he gets out of it in time. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

On the 'Star,' you were forced to learn to write a simple declarative sentence. This is useful to anyone. Newspaper work will not harm a young writer and could help him if he gets out of it in time.


Quote: All things truly wicked start from innocence. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

All things truly wicked start from innocence.


Quote: You're beautiful, like a May fly. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

You're beautiful, like a May fly.


Quote: 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. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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.


Quote: There is no friend as loyal as a book. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

There is no friend as loyal as a book.


Quote: Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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


Quote: A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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.


Quote: All our words from loose using have lost their edge. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

All our words from loose using have lost their edge.


Quote: 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. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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.


Quote: It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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.


Quote: Cowardice... is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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.


Quote: Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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.


Quote: All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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.


Quote: Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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.


Quote: An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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


Quote: I'm not going to get into the ring with Tolstoy. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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.




Quote: 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. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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.


Quote: Things may not be immediately discernible in what a man writes, and in this sometimes he is fortunate; but eventually they are quite clear, and by these and the degree of alchemy that he possesses, he will endure or be forgotten. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

Things may not be immediately discernible in what a man writes, and in this sometimes he is fortunate; but eventually they are quite clear, and by these and the degree of alchemy that he possesses, he will endure or be forgotten.


Quote: 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. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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.


Quote: You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

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


Quote: I love to go to the zoo. But not on Sunday. I don't like to see the people making fun of the animals, when it should be the other way around. by author Ernest Hemingway overlaid on photo of photo of author Ernest Hemingway with quote

I love to go to the zoo. But not on Sunday. I don't like to see the people making fun of the animals, when it should be the other way around.


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