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Ernest Hemingway Quote: “In every port in the world, at least two Estonians can be found.”

In every port in the world, at least two Estonians can be found.

— Ernest Hemingway



Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Paris is so very beautiful that it satisfies something in you that is always hungry in America.”

Paris is so very beautiful that it satisfies something in you that is always hungry in America.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “A person with increasing knowledge and sensory education may derive infinite enjoyment from wine.”

A person with increasing knowledge and sensory education may derive infinite enjoyment from wine.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “This was a big storm and he might as well enjoy it. It was ruining everything, but you might as well enjoy it.”

This was a big storm and he might as well enjoy it. It was ruining everything, but you might as well enjoy it.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “You’ll lose it, if you talk about it.”

You’ll lose it, if you talk about it.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway 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.”

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.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “There is no night life in Spain. They stay up late but they get up late. That is not night life. That is delaying the day.”

There is no night life in Spain. They stay up late but they get up late. That is not night life. That is delaying the day.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “She is kind and very beautiful. But she can be so cruel and it comes so suddenly and such birds that fly, dipping and hunting, with their small sad voices are made too delicately for the sea.”

She is kind and very beautiful. But she can be so cruel and it comes so suddenly and such birds that fly, dipping and hunting, with their small sad voices are made too delicately for the sea.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Summer is a discouraging time to work – you don’t feel death coming on the way it does in the fall when the boys really put pen to paper.”

Summer is a discouraging time to work – you don’t feel death coming on the way it does in the fall when the boys really put pen to paper.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “I wish I could write well enough to write about aircraft. Faulkner did it very well in Pylon but you cannot do something someone else has done though you might have done it if they hadn’t.”

I wish I could write well enough to write about aircraft. Faulkner did it very well in Pylon but you cannot do something someone else has done though you might have done it if they hadn’t.

— Ernest Hemingway



Ernest Hemingway Quote: “But after I got them to leave and shut the door and turned off the light it wasn’t any good. It was like saying good-by to a statue. After a while I went out and left the hospital and walked back to the hotel in the rain.”

But after I got them to leave and shut the door and turned off the light it wasn’t any good. It was like saying good-by to a statue. After a while I went out and left the hospital and walked back to the hotel in the rain.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “No catalogue of horrors ever kept men from war. Before the war you always think that it’s not you that dies. But you will die, brother, if you go to it long enough.”

No catalogue of horrors ever kept men from war. Before the war you always think that it’s not you that dies. But you will die, brother, if you go to it long enough.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “This looking and not seeing things was a great sin, I thought, and one that was easy to fall into. It was always the beginning of something bad and I thought that we did not deserve to live in the world if we did not see it.”

This looking and not seeing things was a great sin, I thought, and one that was easy to fall into. It was always the beginning of something bad and I thought that we did not deserve to live in the world if we did not see it.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Have faith in the Yankees my son. Think of the great DiMaggio.”

Have faith in the Yankees my son. Think of the great DiMaggio.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “You’re my religion. You’re all I’ve got.”

You’re my religion. You’re all I’ve got.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “I am so in love with you that there isn’t anything else.”

I am so in love with you that there isn’t anything else.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Romance was a game, like bridge, in which you said things instead of playing cards. Like bridge you had to pretend you were playing for money or playing for some stakes.”

Romance was a game, like bridge, in which you said things instead of playing cards. Like bridge you had to pretend you were playing for money or playing for some stakes.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Good dialogue is not real speech-it’s the illusion of real speech.”

Good dialogue is not real speech-it’s the illusion of real speech.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “You could omit anything if you knew that the omitted part would strengthen the short story and make people feel something more than they understood.”

You could omit anything if you knew that the omitted part would strengthen the short story and make people feel something more than they understood.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity. Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene.”

There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity. Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene.

— Ernest Hemingway



Ernest Hemingway Quote: “And bed, he thought. Bed is my friend. Just bed, he thought. Bed will be a great thing. It is easy when you are beaten, he thought. I never knew how easy it was. And what beat you, the thought.”

And bed, he thought. Bed is my friend. Just bed, he thought. Bed will be a great thing. It is easy when you are beaten, he thought. I never knew how easy it was. And what beat you, the thought.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “In order to be a great writer a person must have a built-in, shockproof crap detector.”

In order to be a great writer a person must have a built-in, shockproof crap detector.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “He’ll never be frightened. He knows too damn much.”

He’ll never be frightened. He knows too damn much.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “But perhaps he had enough animal strength and detached intelligence that he could make another start.”

But perhaps he had enough animal strength and detached intelligence that he could make another start.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Everybody has strange things that mean things to them. You couldn’t help it.”

Everybody has strange things that mean things to them. You couldn’t help it.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Remember to get the weather in your damn book-weather is very important.”

Remember to get the weather in your damn book-weather is very important.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Only one marriage I regret. I remember after I got that marriage license I went across from the license bureau to a bar for a drink. The bartender said, “What will you have, sir?” And I said, “A glass of hemlock.””

Only one marriage I regret. I remember after I got that marriage license I went across from the license bureau to a bar for a drink. The bartender said, “What will you have, sir?” And I said, “A glass of hemlock.”

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bullfighters.”

Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bullfighters.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “We need more true mystery in our lives Hem- he said. The completely unambitious writer and the really good unpublished poem are the things we lack most. There is of course the problem of sustenance.”

We need more true mystery in our lives Hem- he said. The completely unambitious writer and the really good unpublished poem are the things we lack most. There is of course the problem of sustenance.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “It’s all nonsense. It’s only nonsense. I’m not afraid of the rain. I am not afraid of the rain. Oh, oh, God, I wish I wasn’t.”

It’s all nonsense. It’s only nonsense. I’m not afraid of the rain. I am not afraid of the rain. Oh, oh, God, I wish I wasn’t.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “I try not to borrow, first you borrow then you beg.”

I try not to borrow, first you borrow then you beg.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Never write about a place until you’re away from it, because it gives you perspective. Immediately after you’ve seen something you can give a photographic description of it and make it accurate. That’s good practice, but it isn’t creative writing.”

Never write about a place until you’re away from it, because it gives you perspective. Immediately after you’ve seen something you can give a photographic description of it and make it accurate. That’s good practice, but it isn’t creative writing.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Mr. Barnes, it is because I have lived very much that now I can enjoy everything so well.”

Mr. Barnes, it is because I have lived very much that now I can enjoy everything so well.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “He did not say that because he knew that if you said a good thing it might not happen.”

He did not say that because he knew that if you said a good thing it might not happen.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?”

Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Hunger is good discipline.”

Hunger is good discipline.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Rush, that most exciting perversion of life, the necessity of accomplishing something in less time than should be truly allowed for its doing.”

Rush, that most exciting perversion of life, the necessity of accomplishing something in less time than should be truly allowed for its doing.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “The fact that I am interrupting serious work to answer these questions proves that I am so stupid that I should be penalized severely. I will be. Don’t worry.”

The fact that I am interrupting serious work to answer these questions proves that I am so stupid that I should be penalized severely. I will be. Don’t worry.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “That seemed to handle it. That was it. Send a girl off with one man. Introduce her to another to go off with him. Now go and bring her back. And sign the wire with love. That was it all right. I went in to lunch.”

That seemed to handle it. That was it. Send a girl off with one man. Introduce her to another to go off with him. Now go and bring her back. And sign the wire with love. That was it all right. I went in to lunch.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “The only decent bone in her body was mine.”

The only decent bone in her body was mine.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “But you always fall for somebody else and then it’s all right. Fall for them but don’t let them ruin you.”

But you always fall for somebody else and then it’s all right. Fall for them but don’t let them ruin you.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “The most beautiful fighting machine I have ever seen.”

The most beautiful fighting machine I have ever seen.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene beside the concrete names of villages, the numbers of roads, the names of rivers, the numbers of regiments and the dates.”

Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene beside the concrete names of villages, the numbers of roads, the names of rivers, the numbers of regiments and the dates.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “One cat just leads to another. The place is so damned big it doesn’t really seem as though there were many cats until you see them all moving like a mass migration at feeding time.”

One cat just leads to another. The place is so damned big it doesn’t really seem as though there were many cats until you see them all moving like a mass migration at feeding time.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Oh, now, now, now, the only now, and above all now, and there is no other now but thou now and now is thy prophet.”

Oh, now, now, now, the only now, and above all now, and there is no other now but thou now and now is thy prophet.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “I kept this to remind me of you trying to brush away the Villa Rossa from your teeth in the morning, swearing and eating aspirin and cursing harlots. Every time I see that glass I think of you trying to clean your conscience with a toothbrush.”

I kept this to remind me of you trying to brush away the Villa Rossa from your teeth in the morning, swearing and eating aspirin and cursing harlots. Every time I see that glass I think of you trying to clean your conscience with a toothbrush.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “You ought to dream. All our biggest businessmen have been dreamers.”

You ought to dream. All our biggest businessmen have been dreamers.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Worry destroys the ability to write. Ill health is bad in the ratio that it produces worry which attacks your subconscious and destroys your reserves.”

Worry destroys the ability to write. Ill health is bad in the ratio that it produces worry which attacks your subconscious and destroys your reserves.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway 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.”

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.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.”

Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.

— Ernest Hemingway

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