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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: “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: “His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly’s wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred.”

His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly’s wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “America is the land of wide lawns and narrow minds.”

America is the land of wide lawns and narrow minds.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “There isn’t any me. I’m you. Don’t make up a separate me.”

There isn’t any me. I’m you. Don’t make up a separate me.

— 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: “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: “The only decent bone in her body was mine.”

The only decent bone in her body was mine.

— 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


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: “A writer is like a gypsy. He owes no allegiance to any government. If he is a good writer he will never like any government he lives under. His hand should be against it and its hand will always be against him.”

A writer is like a gypsy. He owes no allegiance to any government. If he is a good writer he will never like any government he lives under. His hand should be against it and its hand will always be against him.

— 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: “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: “Wearing down seven number two pencils is a good day’s work.”

Wearing down seven number two pencils is a good day’s work.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Wars are caused by undefended wealth.”

Wars are caused by undefended wealth.

— 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: “Don’t get discouraged because there’s a lot of mechanical work to writing. I rewrote the first part of Farewell to Arms at least fifty times.”

Don’t get discouraged because there’s a lot of mechanical work to writing. I rewrote the first part of Farewell to Arms at least fifty times.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintry light.”

Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintry light.

— 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 writer without a sense of justice or injustice would be better off editing the yearbook for a school for exceptional children.”

A writer without a sense of justice or injustice would be better off editing the yearbook for a school for exceptional children.

— 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: “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: “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.”

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.

— 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: “Experiencing differences is crucial to the human condition. Especially when that difference is over the head, blower powder.”

Experiencing differences is crucial to the human condition. Especially when that difference is over the head, blower powder.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth.”

Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Do you know how an ugly woman feels? Do you know what it is to be ugly all your life and inside to feel that you are beautiful? It is very rare.”

Do you know how an ugly woman feels? Do you know what it is to be ugly all your life and inside to feel that you are beautiful? It is very rare.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Life is the best left hooker I ever saw, although some say it was Charlie White of Chicago.”

Life is the best left hooker I ever saw, although some say it was Charlie White of Chicago.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture.”

Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “People who write fiction, if they had not taken it up, might have become very successful liars.”

People who write fiction, if they had not taken it up, might have become very successful liars.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter’s honor.”

Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter’s honor.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “The clouds were building up now for the trade wind and he looked ahead and saw a flight of wild ducks etching themselves against the sky over the water, then blurring, then etching again and he knew no man was ever alone on the sea.”

The clouds were building up now for the trade wind and he looked ahead and saw a flight of wild ducks etching themselves against the sky over the water, then blurring, then etching again and he knew no man was ever alone on the sea.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Out of all the things you could not have there were some things that you could have and one of those was to know when you were happy and to enjoy all of it while it was there and it was good.”

Out of all the things you could not have there were some things that you could have and one of those was to know when you were happy and to enjoy all of it while it was there and it was good.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones.”

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

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself.”

You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “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.”

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.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Write the best story that you can and write it as straight as you can.”

Write the best story that you can and write it as straight as you can.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Oh, darling, I’ve been so miserable.”

Oh, darling, I’ve been so miserable.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “I used to play cello. My mother kept me out of school a whole year to study music and counterpoint. She thought I had ability, but I was absolutely without talent.”

I used to play cello. My mother kept me out of school a whole year to study music and counterpoint. She thought I had ability, but I was absolutely without talent.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Enjoying living was learning to get your money’s worth and knowing when you had it.”

Enjoying living was learning to get your money’s worth and knowing when you had it.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “I have a rotten habit of picturing the bedroom scenes of my friends.”

I have a rotten habit of picturing the bedroom scenes of my friends.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “And if there is not any such thing as a long time, nor the rest of your lives, nor from now on, but there is only now, why then now is the thing to praise and I am very happy with it.”

And if there is not any such thing as a long time, nor the rest of your lives, nor from now on, but there is only now, why then now is the thing to praise and I am very happy with it.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Wars are Spinach. Life in general is the tough part. In war all you have to do is not worry and know how to read a map and co-ordinates.”

Wars are Spinach. Life in general is the tough part. In war all you have to do is not worry and know how to read a map and co-ordinates.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “But in the night he woke and held her tight as though she were all of life and it was being taken from him. He held her feeling she was all of life there was and it was true.”

But in the night he woke and held her tight as though she were all of life and it was being taken from him. He held her feeling she was all of life there was and it was true.

— Ernest Hemingway

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