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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. Ernest Hemingway

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88 14
The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places… Ernest Hemingway

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57 8
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. Ernest Hemingway

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53 9
Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. Ernest Hemingway

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58 12
A man can be destroyed but not defeated. Ernest Hemingway

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47 8
I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen. Ernest Hemingway

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32 4
It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end Ernest Hemingway

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38 9
The world is a fine place worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it. Ernest Hemingway

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37 9
The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger at the broken places. Ernest Hemingway

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24 3
All things truly wicked start from an innocence. Ernest Hemingway

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32 6
There is no friend as loyal as a book Ernest Hemingway

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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. Ernest Hemingway

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27 4
As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary. Ernest Hemingway

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28 5
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. Ernest Hemingway

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18 2
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. Ernest Hemingway

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26 5
Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. Ernest Hemingway

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21 4
Never mistake motion for action. Ernest Hemingway

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20 4
We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. Ernest Hemingway

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18 4
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. Ernest Hemingway

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19 5
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. Ernest Hemingway

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15 2
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. Ernest Hemingway

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16 3
Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you. Ernest Hemingway

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20 10
Man is not made for defeat. Ernest Hemingway

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12 3
But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated. Ernest Hemingway

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13 4
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. Ernest Hemingway