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Best Ernest Hemingway Quotes

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A list of the best Ernest Hemingway quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Ernest Hemingway quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Ernest Hemingway quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Ernest Hemingway should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Ernest Hemingway quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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    Courage is grace under pressure. Courage

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    The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places…

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    A man can be destroyed but not defeated. Defeat

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    Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don't know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use. Words

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

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    There is no friend as loyal as a book Friends and Friendship

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    The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger at the broken places. Adversity

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    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. Life and Living

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

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    This wine is too good for toast-drinking, my dear. You don't want to mix emotions up with a wine like that. You lose the taste. Wine

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    As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary. Age and Aging

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

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

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    How simple the writing of literature would be if it were only necessary to write in another way what has been well written. It is because we have had such great writers in the past that a writer is driven far out past where he can go, out to where no one can help him. Literature

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    Man is not made for defeat. Potential

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    It's enough for you to do it once for a few men to remember you. But if you do it year after year, then many people remember you and they tell it to their children, and their children and grandchildren remember and, if it concerns books, they can read them. And if it's good enough, it will last as long as there are human beings. Excellence

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    All things truly wicked start from an innocence. Innocence

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    The hardest thing to do is to write straight honest prose on human beings. First you have to know the subject; then you have to know how to write. Both take a lifetime to learn, and anybody is cheating who takes politics as a way out. All the outs are too easy, and the thing itself is too hard to do. Literature

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    Don't you drink? I notice you speak slightingly of the bottle. I have drunk since I was fifteen and few things have given me more pleasure. When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whisky? When you are cold and wet what else can warm you? Before an attack who can say anything that gives you the momentary well-being that rum does? The only time it isn't good for you is when you write or when you fight. You have to do that cold. But it always helps my shooting. Modern life, too, is often a mechanical oppression and liquor is the only mechanical relief. Alcohol and Alcoholism

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

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    The age demanded that we dance and jammed us into iron pants. And in the end the age was handed the sort of shit that it demanded. 20th century

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    All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since. Literature

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    It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end Purpose

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

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

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

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    You're an expatriate. You've lost touch with the soil. You get precious. Fake European standards have ruined you. You drink yourself to death. You become obsessed by sex. You spend all your time talking, not working. You are an expatriate, see? You hang around caf?s. Exile

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    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. Widowhood

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    They say the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered with better soil and with a higher grade of manure. Sense of Humor

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    You write a book like that you're fond of over the years, then you see that happen to it, it's like pissing in your father's beer. Hollywood

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

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    Some people show evil as a great racehorse shows breeding. They have the dignity of a hard chancre. Evil

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    They can't yank a novelist like they can a pitcher. A novelist has to go the full nine, even if it kills him. Writers and Writing

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    The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it. Writers and Writing

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    Or don't you like to write letters. I do because it's such a swell way to keep from working and yet feel you've done something. Letter

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    Actually if a writer needs a dictionary he should not write. He should have read the dictionary at least three times from beginning to end and then have loaned it to someone who needs it. There are only certain words which are valid and similes (bring me my dictionary) are like defective ammunition (the lowest thing I can think of at this time). Dictionary

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    There isn't any symbolism. The sea is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish. The shark are all sharks no better and no worse. All the symbolism that people say is shit. What goes beyond is what you see beyond when you know. Symbols

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

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    All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstacy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. Uncategorised

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    Survival, with honor, that outmoded and all-important word, is as difficult as ever and as all-important to a writer. Those who do not last are always more beloved since no one has to see them in their long, dull, unrelenting, no-quarter-given-and-no-quarter-received, fights that they make to do something as they believe it should be done before they die. Those who die or quit early and easy and with every good reason are preferred because they are understandable and human. Failure and well-disguised cowardice are more human and more beloved. Survival

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    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. Books and Reading

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    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…

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

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    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. other people

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    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. Hunting

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    Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones. Exaggeration

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    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? Creativity

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    Now a writer can make himself a nice career while he is alive by espousing a political cause, working for it, making a profession of believing in it, and if it wins he will be very well placed. All politics is a matter of working hard without reward, or with a living wage for a time, in the hope of booty later. A man can be a Fascist or a Communist and if his outfit gets in he can get to be an ambassador or have a million copies of his books printed by the Government or any of the other rewards the boys dream about. Literature

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    All our words from loose using have lost their edge. Words

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    In going where you have to go, and doing what you have to do, and seeing what you have to see, you dull and blunt the instrument you write with. But I would rather have it bent and dulled and know I had to put it on the grindstone again and hammer it into shape and put a whetstone to it, and know that I had something to write about, than to have it bright and shining and nothing to say, or smooth and well oiled in the closet, but unused. Experience

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