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Ernest Hemingway Quote: “But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there.”

But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there.

— Ernest Hemingway



Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Perhaps I should not have been a fisherman, he thought. But that was the thing that I was born for.”

Perhaps I should not have been a fisherman, he thought. But that was the thing that I was born for.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring.”

There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Religion is like an ice cold whiskey on a hot day.”

Religion is like an ice cold whiskey on a hot day.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “You can write any time people will leave you alone and not interrupt you. Or rather you can if you will be ruthless enough about it. But the best writing is certainly when you are in love.”

You can write any time people will leave you alone and not interrupt you. Or rather you can if you will be ruthless enough about it. But the best writing is certainly when you are in love.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “It is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or the moon or the stars. It is enough to live on the sea and kill our true brothers.”

It is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or the moon or the stars. It is enough to live on the sea and kill our true brothers.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.”

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

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “I’m always reading books-as many as there are. I ration myself on them so that I’ll always be in supply.”

I’m always reading books-as many as there are. I ration myself on them so that I’ll always be in supply.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “If a writer stops observing he is finished. Experience is communicated by small details intimately observed.”

If a writer stops observing he is finished. Experience is communicated by small details intimately observed.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “You’re beautiful, like a May fly.”

You’re beautiful, like a May fly.

— Ernest Hemingway



Ernest Hemingway Quote: “He rested sitting on the un-stepped mast and sail and tried not to think but only to endure.”

He rested sitting on the un-stepped mast and sail and tried not to think but only to endure.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “In the morning there was a big wind blowing and the waves were running high up on the beach and he was awake a long time before he remembered that his heart was broken.”

In the morning there was a big wind blowing and the waves were running high up on the beach and he was awake a long time before he remembered that his heart was broken.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “My father was a deeply sentimental man. And like all sentimental men, he was also very cruel.”

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

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.”

We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “I felt the death loneliness that comes at the end of every day that is wasted in your life.”

I felt the death loneliness that comes at the end of every day that is wasted in your life.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “It was considered a virtue not to talk unnecessarily at sea...”

It was considered a virtue not to talk unnecessarily at sea...

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Don’t you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you’re not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you’ve lived nearly half the time you have to live already?”

Don’t you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you’re not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you’ve lived nearly half the time you have to live already?

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “You won’t do our things with another girl, or say the same things, will you?”

You won’t do our things with another girl, or say the same things, will you?

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “I rewrote the ending of ‘Farewell to Arms’ 39 times before I was satisfied.”

I rewrote the ending of ‘Farewell to Arms’ 39 times before I was satisfied.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “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.”

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



Ernest Hemingway Quote: “You are killing me, fish, the old man thought. But you have a right to. Never have I seen a greater, or more beautiful, or a calmer or more noble thing than you, brother.”

You are killing me, fish, the old man thought. But you have a right to. Never have I seen a greater, or more beautiful, or a calmer or more noble thing than you, brother.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “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.”

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


Ernest Hemingway 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.”

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


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “But did thee feel the earth move?”

But did thee feel the earth move?

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “I know now that there is no one thing that is true – it is all true.”

I know now that there is no one thing that is true – it is all true.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve.”

When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better.”

Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “There is no such thing as great writing – there is only great re-writing!”

There is no such thing as great writing – there is only great re-writing!

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “There are many who do not know they are fascists but will find it out when the time comes.”

There are many who do not know they are fascists but will find it out when the time comes.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “What is moral is what you feel good after.”

What is moral is what you feel good after.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “He would lie in the bed and finally, with daylight, he would go to sleep. After all, he said to himself, it is probably only insomnia. Many must have it.”

He would lie in the bed and finally, with daylight, he would go to sleep. After all, he said to himself, it is probably only insomnia. Many must have it.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Imagination? It is the one thing beside honesty that a good writer must have. The more he learns from experience the more he can imagine.”

Imagination? It is the one thing beside honesty that a good writer must have. The more he learns from experience the more he can imagine.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway 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 another.”

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 another.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “I write description in longhand because that’s hardest for me and you’re closer to the paper when you work by hand, but I use the typewriter for dialogue because people speak like a typewriter works.”

I write description in longhand because that’s hardest for me and you’re closer to the paper when you work by hand, but I use the typewriter for dialogue because people speak like a typewriter works.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Find the best writers, pay them to write, and avoid typos at all costs.”

Find the best writers, pay them to write, and avoid typos at all costs.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “When you have a child, the world has a hostage.”

When you have a child, the world has a hostage.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “You love a lot of things if you live around them, but there isn’t any woman and there isn’t any horse, nor any before nor any after, that is as lovely as a great airplane.”

You love a lot of things if you live around them, but there isn’t any woman and there isn’t any horse, nor any before nor any after, that is as lovely as a great airplane.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Everyone behaves badly – given the chance.”

Everyone behaves badly – given the chance.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “You can write anytime people will leave you alone and not interrupt you.”

You can write anytime people will leave you alone and not interrupt you.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Nobody knows what’s in him until he tries to pull it out. If there’s nothing, or very little, the shock can kill a man.”

Nobody knows what’s in him until he tries to pull it out. If there’s nothing, or very little, the shock can kill a man.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Dying is a very simple thing. I’ve looked at death and really I know. If I should have died it would have been very easy for me. Quite the easiest thing I ever did. But the people at home do not realize that. They suffer a thousand times more.”

Dying is a very simple thing. I’ve looked at death and really I know. If I should have died it would have been very easy for me. Quite the easiest thing I ever did. But the people at home do not realize that. They suffer a thousand times more.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway 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.”

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


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “I do not need to get used to your silence. I already know it. I quite possibly love all of it.”

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

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Why did they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so cruel?”

Why did they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so cruel?

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “The world was not wheeling anymore. It was just very clear and bright and inclined to blur at the edges.”

The world was not wheeling anymore. It was just very clear and bright and inclined to blur at the edges.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “The house was built on the highest part of the narrow tongue of land between the harbor and the open sea. It had lasted through three hurricanes and it was built solid as a ship.”

The house was built on the highest part of the narrow tongue of land between the harbor and the open sea. It had lasted through three hurricanes and it was built solid as a ship.

— Ernest Hemingway


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

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


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “My life used to be full of everything. Now if you aren’t with me I haven’t a thing in the world.”

My life used to be full of everything. Now if you aren’t with me I haven’t a thing in the world.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “We have very primative emotions. It’s impossible not to be competitive. Spoils everything, though.”

We have very primative emotions. It’s impossible not to be competitive. Spoils everything, though.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “To make war all you need is intelligence. But to win you need talent and material.”

To make war all you need is intelligence. But to win you need talent and material.

— Ernest Hemingway

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