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Quotes by Ernest Hemingway (Page 4 of 5)

He wrote it exactly and the sinister part only showed as the light feathering of a smooth swell on a calm day marking the reef beneath.

Make it all up. But make it up so truly that later it will happen that way. Ernest Hemingway.

All cowardice comes from not loving or not loving well, which is the same thing.

The things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist.

He said we were all cooked but we were all right as long as we did not know it. We were all cooked. The thing was not to recognize it. The last country to realize they were cooked would win the war.

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Since I had started to break down all my writing and get rid of all facility and try to make instead of describe, writing had been wonderful to do.

I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.

Why, darling, I don't live at all when I'm not with you.

Oh, darling, she said. You will be good to me, won't you?
What the hell, I thought. I stroked her hair and patted her shoulder. She was crying.
You will, won't you? She looked up at me. Because we're going to have a strange life.

What is moral is what you feel good after.

And chase hard and good and with no mistakes and do not overrun them.

The Purdey was not a Purdey but a straight-stocked long-barreled Scott live-pigeon full choke in both barrels thai I had bought from a lot of shotguns a dealer had brought down fron Udine to the Kechlers' villa in Codroipo.

You may not believe this. No one believes this, but it is true.

The priest was good but dull. The officers were not good but dull. The King was good but dull. The wine was bad but not dull.

I'm going to stay with you. If you go to jail, we might as well both go.

I do not need to get used to your silence. I already know it. I quite possibly love all of it.

I had try to tell the difference between the night and the day and how the night was better unless the day was very clean and cold and I could not tell it; as I cannot tell it now. But if you have had it you know.

He was not in love yet, but he realized that he was an attractive quantity to women, and that the fact of a woman caring for him and wanting to live with him was not simply a divine miracle.

I suppose she only wanted what she couldn't have. Well, people were that way. To hell with people. The Catholic church had an awfully good way of handling all that. Good advice, anyway. Not to think about it. Oh, it was swell advice. Try and take it some time. Try and take it.

Good. Coffee is good for you. It's the caffeine in it. Caffeine, we are here. Caffeine puts a man on her horse and a woman in his grave.

I wished I had died before I loved anyone but her.

She had the lovely high cheekbones for arrogance.

The one who is doing the work and getting satisfaction from it is not the one poverty is hard on.
Heminway talking about his wife Hadley.

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk... that will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
-- -Ernest Hemingway.

I've been wondering about Dostoyevsky. How can a man write so badly, so unbelievably badly, and make you feel so deeply?

Scott was a man then who looked like a boy with a face between handsome and pretty... The mouth worried you until you knew him and then it worried you more.

I had never known any man to die while speaking in terza-rima.

In those days we did not trust anyone who had not been in the war, but we did not
completely trust anyone.

Prose is architecture and the Baroque age is over.

My father was a deeply sentimental man. And like all sentimental men, he was also very cruel.

Perhaps as you went along you did learn something. I did not care what it was all about. All I wanted to know was how to live in it. Maybe if you found out how to live in it you learned from that what it was all about.

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.

I am always in love.

I kissed her hard and held her tight and tried to open her lips; they were closed tight.

A writer should be of as great probity and honesty as a priest of God. He is either honest or not, as a woman is either chaste or not, and after one piece of dishonest writing he is never the same again.

It's a town you come to for a short time.

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.

In the early morning on the lake sitting in the stern of the boat with his father rowing, he felt quite sure that he would never die.

Humility is not disgraceful, and carries no loss of true pride.

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

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

The only kind of writing is rewriting.

Until you're grown-up they send you to reform school. After you're grown-up they send you to the penitentiary.

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.

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.

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

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

Oh, darling, I've been so miserable.

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.

The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.

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.

Write drunk; edit sober.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

I drink to make other people more interesting.

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

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.

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

The first draft of everything is shit.

All bad writers are in love with the epic.

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

Writing, at its best, is a lonely life.

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

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.

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.

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

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

My writing is nothing, my boxing is everything.

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.

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

A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

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

Wars are caused by undefended wealth.

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.

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

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

Time is the least thing we have of.

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

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

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.

All things truly wicked start from innocence.

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

You're beautiful, like a May fly.

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.

There is no friend as loyal as a book.

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

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

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.

All our words from loose using have lost their edge.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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