249 Best Ernest Hemingway Quotes on Love, Life, and Death

Ernest Hemingway, an iconic American novelist, was born on July 21, 1899.

Recognized for the intense masculinity of his writing and his adventurous life, he profoundly influenced 20th-century fiction.

After high school, he worked as a reporter, served as a WWI ambulance driver and was injured and decorated for heroism. His first significant book, “In Our Time,” was published in 1925.

His major works include “The Sun Also Rises,” “A Farewell to Arms,” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”


Hemingway’s distinct prose style, characterized by succinct and lucid sentences, had a significant global influence.

He was also famous for his detailed, honest and natural-sounding dialogue. Hemingway, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, committed suicide in 1961.

His popularity continues to be validated by serious critical opinion and he remains one of the most influential writers of the 20th century.

I have listed below the best quotes by Ernest Hemingway.

Top 10 Ernest Hemingway Quotes


1. “Show the readers everything, tell them nothing.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


2. “We’re stronger in the places that we’ve been broken.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


3. “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


4. “Write hard and clear about what hurts.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


5. “We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


6. “Courage is grace under pressure.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


7. “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


8. “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


9. “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


10. “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

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Best Ernest Hemingway Quotes

11. “You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

12. “So this was how you died, in whispers that you did not hear.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

13. “Some lived in it and never felt it but he knew it all was nada y pues nada y nada y pues nada.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


14. “Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

15. “My father was a deeply sentimental man. And like all sentimental men, he was also very cruel.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


16. “As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

17. “Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry: Worry never fixes anything.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

18. “In order to write about life first you must live it.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

19. “The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


20. “The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

21. “The rain will stop, the night will end, the hurt will fade. Hope is never so lost that it can’t be found.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

22. “But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

23. “Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with that there is.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

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24. “I love you for all that you are, all that you have been, all that you’re yet to be.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


25. “Never delay kissing a pretty girl or opening a bottle of whiskey.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

26. “Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today. It’s been that way all this year. It’s been that way so many times. All of war is that way.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

27. “Go all the way with it. Do not back off. For once, go all the goddamn way with what matters.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

28. “I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

29. “The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


30. “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

31. “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

32. “I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

33. “Write drunk; edit sober.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

34. “The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

35. “Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the Romance of the unusual.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

36. “Night is always darker before the dawn and life is the same, the hard times will pass, every thing will get better and sun will shine brighter then ever.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


37. “You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

Powerful Ernest Hemingway Quotes

38. “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

39. “When you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

40. “Never mistake motion for action.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

41. “Listen now. When people talk listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

42. “There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


43. “The only kind of writing is rewriting.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

44. “There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

45. “Isn’t it pretty to think so.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

46. “Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

47. “Life is pain, so live it up while you can.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

48. “To hell with them. Nothing hurts if you don’t let it.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


49. “Write as well as you can and finish what you start.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

50. “The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

51. “If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

52. “Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary…” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

53. “Going to another country doesn’t make any difference. I’ve tried all that. You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. There’s nothing to that.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


54. “My big fish must be somewhere.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

55. “I didn’t want to kiss you goodbye – that was the trouble – I wanted to kiss you good night – and there’s a lot of difference.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

Inspiring Ernest Hemingway Quotes

56. “You must be prepared to work always without applause.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

57. “It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

58. “By then I knew that everything good and bad left an emptiness when it stopped. But if it was bad, the emptiness filled up by itself. If it was good you could only fill it by finding something better.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

59. “The shortest answer is doing the thing.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

60. “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

61. “No one you love is ever truly lost.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


62. “Being against evil doesn’t make you good.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

63. “I can’t stand it to think my life is going so fast and I’m not really living it.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

64. “I always try to write on the principle of the iceberg. There is seven-eighths of it underwater for every part that shows.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

65. “When I saw my wife again standing by the tracks as the train came in by the piled logs at the station, I wished I had died before I had ever loved anyone but her.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

66. “You may talk. And I may listen. And miracles might happen.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

67. “The great thing is to last and get your work done and see and hear and learn and understand; and write when there is something that you know; and not before, and not too damned much after.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

68. “Would you please please please please please please please stop talking?” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

69. “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).

70. “For what are we born if not to aid one another?” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

71. “The man who has begun to live more seriously within begins to live more simply without.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

72. “The educated man is the man who can do something. The quality of his work marks the degree of his education.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

73. “My working habits are simple: long periods of thinking, short periods of writing.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

74. “They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


75. “Live it up so you can write it down.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

76. “There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

77. “Remember everything is right until it’s wrong. You’ll know when it’s wrong.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

78. “The smallest coffins are the heaviest.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

Profound Ernest Hemingway Quotes

79. “My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

80. “The circus is the only fun you can buy that is good for you.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

81. “There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

82. “Work could cure almost anything.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

83. “I love you and I always will and I am sorry. What a useless word.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

84. “You’ll ache. And you’re going to love it. It will crush you. And you’re still going to love all of it.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

85. “To hell with luck. I’ll bring the luck with me.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

86. “Every damn thing is your own fault, if you are any good.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

87. “You cannot stop trusting people in life but I have learned to be a little bit careful. The way to make people trust-worthy is to trust them.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

88. “No, that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

89. “Religion is the opium of the poor.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


90. “To be successful in writing, use short sentences.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

91. “When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

92. “I don’t want to be your friend, baby. I am your friend.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

93. “I was a little drunk. Not drunk in any positive sense but just enough to be careless.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

94. “When you have a child, the world has a hostage.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

95. “Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

96. “You make your own luck, Gig. You know what makes a good loser? Practice.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

97. “The real reason for not committing suicide is because you always know how swell life gets again after the hell is over.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

Memorable Ernest Hemingway Quotes

98. “How did we go bankrupt? Two ways. Slowly, and then all of a sudden.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

99. “I had an inheritance from my father, It was the moon and the sun. And though I roam all over the world, The spending of it’s never done.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

100. “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

101. “Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

102. “The only thing that can ruin a good day is people.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

103. “I’m tired of everybody. Please forgive me.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

104. “Work every day. No matter what has happened the day or night before, get up and bite on the nail.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

105. “I drink to make other people more interesting.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

106. “Man is not made for defeat.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

107. “All thinking men are atheists.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

108. “Any man’s life, told truly, is a novel…” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

109. “Use short sentences. Use short first paragraphs. Use vigorous English. Be positive, not negative.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

110. “Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

111. “Writing, at its best, is a lonely life.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

112. “The things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

113. “An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

114. “For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

115. “There will always be people who say it does not exist because they cannot have it. But I tell you it is true and that you have it and that you are lucky even if you die tomorrow.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

116. “No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

117. “A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

118. “I am always in love.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

119. “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

Amazing Ernest Hemingway Quotes

120. “You’re not a moron. You’re only a case of arrested development.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

121. “I never knew of a Morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

122. “About morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

123. “But life isn’t hard to manage when you’ve nothing to lose.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

124. “Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

125. “When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

126. “Good writing is good conversation, only more so.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

127. “And you’ll always love me won’t you? Yes And the rain won’t make any difference? No.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

128. “Why, darling, I don’t live at all when I’m not with you.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

129. “Write the story, take out all the good lines, and see if it still works.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


130. “Easy writing makes hard reading.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

131. “Strong in all the Broken Places.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

132. “A man does not exist until he is drunk.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

133. “It’s silly not to hope. It’s a sin he thought.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

134. “London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

135. “Humility is not disgraceful, and carries no loss of true pride.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

136. “Let him think that I am more man than I am and I will be so.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

137. “As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

138. “Most people never listen.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

139. “My only regret in life is that I did not drink more wine.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

140. “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

141. “My writing is nothing, my boxing is everything.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

142. “No animal has more liberty than the cat, but it buries the mess it makes. The cat is the best anarchist.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

143. “Fortunately I have never learned to take the good advice I give myself nor the counsel of my fears.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

Inspirational Ernest Hemingway Quotes

144. “I decided to stop drinking with creeps. I decided to drink only with friends. I’ve lost 30 pounds.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

145. “War is a crime. Ask the Infantry and ask the dead.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

146. “I’m not brave any more darling. I’m all broken. They’ve broken me.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

147. “The best ammunition against lies is the truth, there is no ammunition against gossip. It is like a fog and the clear wind blows it away and the sun burns it off.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

148. “Everything that a painter did or that a writer wrote was a part of his training and preparation for what he was to do.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

149. “I mistrust all frank and simple people, especially when their stories hold together.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

150. “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

151. “A wine shop was open and I went in for some coffee. It smelled of early morning, of swept dust, spoons in coffee-glasses and the wet circles left by wine glasses.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

152. “He rested sitting on the un-stepped mast and sail and tried not to think but only to endure.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

153. “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).


154. “I wish I had died before I ever loved anyone but her.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

155. “It is awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime, but at night it is another thing.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

156. “Once in Africa I lost the corkscrew and we were forced to live off food and water for weeks.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

157. “I drank a bottle of wine for company. It was Chateau Margaux. It was pleasant to be drinking slowly and to be tasting the wine and to be drinking alone. A bottle of wine was good company.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

158. “The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every day when you are writing a novel you will never be stuck. That is the most valuable thing I can tell you so try to remember it.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

159. “All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

160. “The story was writing itself and I was having a hard time keeping up with it.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

161. “When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after the first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cold and you warm as you write.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

Wise Ernest Hemingway Quotes

162. “The fools think I am writing algebra but what I am really writing is geometry.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

163. “Every day above earth is a good day.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

164. “Oh, darling, you will be good to me, won’t you? Because we’re going to have a strange life.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

165. “If the others heard me talking out loud they would think that I am crazy. But since I am not, I do not care.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

166. “Time is the least thing we have.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

167. “When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whisky?” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

168. “Perhaps I should not have been a fisherman, he thought. But that was the thing that I was born for.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

169. “No one should be alone in their old age, he thought.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

170. “You have it now and that is all your whole life is; now. There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

171. “You’re beautiful, like a May fly.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

172. “The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

173. “Most people were heartless about turtles because a turtle’s heart will beat for hours after it has been cut up and butchered. But the old man thought, I have such a heart too.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

174. “Hunger is good discipline.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

175. “All cowardice comes from not truly loving, or at least, not loving well.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

176. “Any man who eats dessert is not drinking enough.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

177. “Everyone my age had written a novel and I was still having difficulty writing a paragraph.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

178. “The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

Awesome Ernest Hemingway Quotes

179. “I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there.”

180. “Because Fascism is a lie, it is condemned to literary sterility. And when it is past, it will have no history, except the bloody history of murder.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

181. “Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

182. “A bottle of wine was good company.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

183. “They say the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered with better soil and with a higher grade of manure.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


184. “Anyone who says he wants to be a writer and isn’t writing, doesn’t.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

185. “I loved you when I saw you today and I loved you always but I never saw you before.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

186. “Everyone behaves badly – given the chance.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

187. “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).

188. “Home is where the heart is, home is where the fart is. Come let us fart in the home. There is no art in a fart. Still a fart may not be artless. Let us fart and artless fart in the home.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

189. “To be able to say: I loved this person, we had a hell of a nice time together, it’s over but in a way it will never be over and I do know that I for sure loved this person, to be able to say that and mean it, that’s rare. That’s rare and valuable.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

190. “All things truly wicked start from innocence.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

191. “Why did they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so cruel?” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

192. “I was blown up while we were eating cheese.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

193. “When I saw her I was in love with her. Everything turned over inside of me. She looked toward the door, saw there was no one, then she sat on the side of the bed and leaned over and kissed me.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

194. “There are many who do not know they are fascists but will find it out when the time comes.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

Motivational Ernest Hemingway Quotes

195. “Don’t do what you sincerely don’t want to do. Never confuse movement with action.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

196. “I felt the death loneliness that comes at the end of every day that is wasted in your life.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

197. “You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and to sell for food, he thought. You killed him for pride and because you are a fisherman. You loved him when he was alive and you loved him after. If you love him, it is not a sin to kill him. Or is it more?” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

198. “But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


199. “Anyone can be a fisherman in May.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

200. “There are two kinds of stories, the ones you live and the ones you make up. And nobody knows the difference, and I don’t ever tell which is which.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

201. “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).

202. “I did not care what it was all about. All I wanted to know was how to live in it. Maybe if you found out how to live in it you learned from that what is was all about.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

203. “It was considered a virtue not to talk unnecessarily at sea…” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

204. “He was just a coward and that was the worst luck any many could have.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

205. “One cat just leads to another.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

206. “Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

207. “For a true writer each book should be a new beginning, where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

208. “I rewrote the ending of ‘Farewell to Arms’ 39 times before I was satisfied.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

209. “You don’t have to destroy me. Do you? I’m only a woman who loves you and wants to do what you want to do. I’ve been destroyed two or three times already. You wouldn’t want to destroy me again, would you?” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

210. “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).

211. “Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

212. “Some people, when they hear an echo, think they originated the sound.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

Strong Ernest Hemingway Quotes

213. “Read anything I write for the pleasure of reading it. Whatever else you find will be the measure of what you brought to the reading.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

214. “French is the language of diplomacy. Spanish is the language of bureaucracy.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

215. “But did thee feel the earth move?” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


216. “I know now that there is no one thing that is true – it is all true.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

217. “If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

218. “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).

219. “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

220. “What is moral is what you feel good after.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

221. “I always worked until I had something done and I always stopped when I knew what was going to happen next. That way I could be sure of going on the next day.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

222. “This beer is good for you. This is draft beer. Stick with the beer. Let’s go and beat this guy up and come back and drink some more beer.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

223. “The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

224. “Luck is a thing that comes in many forms and who can recognize her?” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

225. “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).

226. “I’ve been wondering about Dostoyevsky. How can a man write so badly, so unbelievably badly, and make you feel so deeply?” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

227. “Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

228. “How lazily the sun goes down in Granada, it hides beneath the water, it conceals in the Alhambra!” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

229. “And how much better to die in all the happy period of undisillusioned youth, to go out in a blaze of light, than to have your body worn out and old and illusions shattered.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

230. “After writing a story I was always empty and both sad and happy, as though I had made love.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

231. “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).

232. “The world was not wheeling anymore. It was just very clear and bright and inclined to blur at the edges.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

233. “Never write about a place until you’re away from it, because that gives you perspective.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

234. “As long as you can start, you are all right. The juice will come.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

235. “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).


236. “Love is infinitely more endurable than hate.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

237. “If my Valentine you won’t be, I’ll hang myself on your Christmas tree.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

238. “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).

239. “I’m not unfaithful, darling. I’ve plenty of faults but I’m very faithful. You’ll be sick of me I’ll be so faithful.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

240. “If a writer stops observing he is finished. Experience is communicated by small details intimately observed.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

241. “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).

242. “Love is something that hangs up behind the bathroom door and smells of Lysol.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).


243. “Religion is like an ice cold whiskey on a hot day.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

244. “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).

245. “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

246. “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).

247. “Cowards die a thousand deaths, but the brave only die once.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

248. “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

249. “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” ~ (Ernest Hemingway).

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Short Biography of Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway, an iconic American writer known for his concise writing style and adventurous life, made significant contributions to literature in the 20th century.


Born in 1899, Hemingway’s career included journalism and novel writing, with classics like “A Farewell to Arms” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls” reflecting his wartime experiences.

Full Name Ernest Miller Hemingway
Born 21 July 1899, Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died 2 July 1961 (age 61 years), Ketchum, Idaho, United States
Children Gloria Hemingway, Jack Hemingway, Patrick Hemingway
Spouse Mary Welsh Hemingway (m. 1946–1961), Martha Gellhorn, Pauline Pfeiffer, Hadley Richardson
Grandchildren Margaux Hemingway, Mariel Hemingway, MORE
Influenced by William Faulkner, Gertrude Stein, Mark Twain, MORE

Hemingway’s personal life was as eventful as his career, with multiple marriages and global travels.

Despite his illustrious career, Hemingway faced health challenges later in life, leading to his tragic end in 1961 in Idaho.

Quick Facts about Ernest Hemingway

  • Ernest Hemingway was an influential American writer.
  • He pioneered an economical and understated writing style.
  • Hemingway’s adventurous lifestyle and blunt public image are well-known.
  • His literary works include seven novels and numerous short stories and non-fiction pieces.
  • Hemingway was awarded the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • Born in Oak Park, Illinois, Hemingway had a well-respected family background.
  • He served as an ambulance driver in WWI and was wounded.
  • Hemingway’s experience in WWI influenced his novel “A Farewell to Arms.”
  • He lived in Paris as part of the “Lost Generation,” interacting with other famous writers and artists.
  • Hemingway had four wives and his personal life was as tumultuous as his professional one.
  • He reported on the Spanish Civil War, which inspired “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”
  • Hemingway maintained residences in Key West, Cuba, and Idaho throughout his life.
  • He survived two plane crashes in Africa, which left him in poor health.
  • Hemingway’s mother was a significant influence on him, despite their strained relationship.
  • He worked for The Kansas City Star as a young reporter, which influenced his writing style.
  • Hemingway fell in love with a Red Cross nurse during WWI, which ended in heartbreak.
  • His writing often reflects themes of love, war, wilderness, and loss.
  • Hemingway’s “iceberg theory” suggests the depth of his storytelling lies beneath the surface.
  • He was present at the Normandy landings and the liberation of Paris during WWII.
  • Hemingway’s narrative often features men in nature, seeking solace or redemption.
  • The motif of emasculation and the dichotomy of the “Dark Woman” vs. the “Light Woman” recur in his work.
  • Death and the idea of living authentically in the face of it are central themes.
  • Hemingway’s prose is known for its simplicity, yet it’s rich with implied meaning.
  • His works include a mix of autobiographical detail and broader life reflections.
  • Hemingway’s portrayal of women and gender issues has been a point of contention among critics.
  • He struggled with mental health issues, which ultimately led to his suicide in 1961.
  • Hemingway’s legacy is marked by his distinctive writing style and profound impact on 20th-century literature.
  • His personal life, characterized by marriages, travels, and adventures, often mirrored his bold literary characters.
  • Hemingway’s influence extends beyond literature into popular culture, with numerous tributes and references to his work.
  • Despite controversies, Hemingway remains a defining figure in American literary history, celebrated for his contributions to narrative art.

Top Questions about Ernest Hemingway

Q: What notable style did Ernest Hemingway pioneer that influenced later 20th-century writers?

A: Ernest Hemingway pioneered an economical and understated writing style known for its powerful simplicity and directness.

Q: For what major literary recognition was Ernest Hemingway awarded in 1954?

A: In 1954, Ernest Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his mastery of narrative, most notably demonstrated in “The Old Man and the Sea.”

Q: How did Hemingway’s experience as an ambulance driver during World War I influence his literary work?

A: Hemingway’s experiences as an ambulance driver in WWI profoundly influenced his novel “A Farewell to Arms,” which explores themes of war, love, and loss.

Q: Which novel is considered to reflect Hemingway’s experiences and observations from the Spanish Civil War?

A: “For Whom the Bell Tolls” reflects Hemingway’s experiences and observations from the Spanish Civil War, where he worked as a journalist.

Q: What theory of writing is Hemingway known for, which suggests that the deeper meaning of a story should not be evident on the surface?

A: Hemingway is known for his “iceberg theory,” suggesting that the deeper meaning of a story lies beneath the surface, much like the larger part of an iceberg that remains underwater.

Q: How did Hemingway’s reporting career influence his approach to fiction writing?

A: Hemingway’s early career in reporting influenced his fiction writing by instilling a foundation of using short sentences, vigorous English, and an emphasis on positive, direct expression.

Q: What personal tragedy in Hemingway’s life led to the creation of “The Old Man and the Sea,” which contributed to his Nobel Prize win?

A: Hemingway’s personal struggles, including his health issues from two plane crashes in Africa, contributed to the depth and introspection in “The Old Man and the Sea,” which played a part in his Nobel Prize win.

Q: What theme, deeply embedded in Hemingway’s works, involves characters seeking redemption and solace in nature?

A: A recurring theme in Hemingway’s works involves characters seeking redemption and solace in nature, often through activities like fishing and hunting.

Q: How did Hemingway’s portrayal of gender and relationships in his works spark controversy among critics and feminists?

A: Hemingway’s portrayal of gender and relationships, often depicting complex and contentious dynamics between men and women, sparked controversy among critics and feminists for perceived misogyny and simplistic characterizations.

Q: In what way did Hemingway’s life and literary legacy continue to influence popular culture and literature after his death?

A: Hemingway’s life and literary legacy continue to influence popular culture and literature through the enduring popularity of his works, numerous tributes, bars and restaurants named after him, and his depiction in movies and books.

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