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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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “Anyone can be a fisherman in May.”

Anyone can be a fisherman in May.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “In war, one cannot say what one feels.”

In war, one cannot say what one feels.

— 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: “Wars are caused by undefended wealth.”

Wars are caused by undefended wealth.

— 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: “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: “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: “The game of golf would lose a great deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green.”

The game of golf would lose a great deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Creation’s probably overrated. After all, God made the world in only six days and rested on the seventh.”

Creation’s probably overrated. After all, God made the world in only six days and rested on the seventh.

— 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: “It wasn’t by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. The laws of prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of mathematics, of physics.”

It wasn’t by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. The laws of prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of mathematics, of physics.

— 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: “Oh, darling, I’ve been so miserable.”

Oh, darling, I’ve been so miserable.

— 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: “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: “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: “I had seen nothing sacred, and the things that were glorious had no glory and the sacrifices were like the stockyards at Chicago if nothing was done with the meat except to bury it.”

I had seen nothing sacred, and the things that were glorious had no glory and the sacrifices were like the stockyards at Chicago if nothing was done with the meat except to bury it.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “It is impossible to believe the emotional and spiritual intensity and pure, classic beauty that can be produced by a man, an animal, and a piece of scarlet serge draped over a stick.”

It is impossible to believe the emotional and spiritual intensity and pure, classic beauty that can be produced by a man, an animal, and a piece of scarlet serge draped over a stick.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Something, or something awful or something wonderful was certain to happen on every day in this part of Africa.”

Something, or something awful or something wonderful was certain to happen on every day in this part of Africa.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “And who understands? Not me, because if I did I would forgive it all.”

And who understands? Not me, because if I did I would forgive it all.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Writing is the clumsy attempt to find symbols for wordlessness.”

Writing is the clumsy attempt to find symbols for wordlessness.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “In the fall the war was always there but we did not go to it any more.”

In the fall the war was always there but we did not go to it any more.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “How little we know of what there is to know.”

How little we know of what there is to know.

— 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


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: “Your blood coagulates beautifully.”

Your blood coagulates beautifully.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “My training was never to drink after dinner nor before I wrote nor while I was writing.”

My training was never to drink after dinner nor before I wrote nor while I was writing.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “It is one thing to be in the proximity of death, to know more or less what she is, and it is quite another thing to seek her.”

It is one thing to be in the proximity of death, to know more or less what she is, and it is quite another thing to seek her.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Failure and well-disguised cowardice are more human and more beloved.”

Failure and well-disguised cowardice are more human and more beloved.

— 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: “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: “The English talked with inflected phrases. One phrase to mean everything.”

The English talked with inflected phrases. One phrase to mean everything.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “The cat has complete emotional honesty – an attribute not often found in humans.”

The cat has complete emotional honesty – an attribute not often found in humans.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “War is not won by victory.”

War is not won by victory.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “I felt very lonely when they were all there.”

I felt very lonely when they were all there.

— 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: “As in no other form of lute or combat, the conditions are such; the winner takes nothing, neither his ease, nor his pleasure, nor any notion of glory, nor if he wins far enough, will he find anything within himself.”

As in no other form of lute or combat, the conditions are such; the winner takes nothing, neither his ease, nor his pleasure, nor any notion of glory, nor if he wins far enough, will he find anything within himself.

— Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quote: “Shooting gives me a good feeling. It is faster than baseball and you are out on one strike.”

Shooting gives me a good feeling. It is faster than baseball and you are out on one strike.

— Ernest Hemingway

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