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Ernest Hemingway Quotes


115 Ernest Hemingway quotes:



"From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality. That is why you write and for no other reason that you know of. But what about all the reasons that no one knows?"
"Madame, it is an old word and each one takes it new and wears it out himself. It is a word that fills with meaning as a bladder with air and the meaning goes out of it as quickly. It may be punctured as a bladder is punctured and patched and blown up again and if you have not had it does not exist for you. All people talk of it, but those who have had it are marked by it, and I would not wish to speak of it further since of all things it is the most ridiculous to talk of and only fools go through it many times."
"Some people show evil as a great racehorse shows breeding. They have the dignity of a hard chancre."
Author: Hemingway Quotes Category: Evil Quotes Dignity Quotes
"I have noticed that doctors who fail in the practice of medicine have a tendency to seek one another's company and aid in consultation. A doctor who cannot take out your appendix properly will recommend you to a doctor who will be unable to remove your tonsils with success."
Author: Hemingway Quotes Category: Doctors Quotes
"Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work a"
Author: Hemingway Quotes Category: Doubt Quotes
"You know that fiction, prose rather, is possibly the roughest trade of all in writing. You do not have the reference, the old important reference. You have the sheet of blank paper, the pencil, and the obligation to invent truer than things can be true. You have to take what is not palpable and make it completely palpable and also have it seem normal and so that it can become a part of experience of the person who reads it."
Author: Hemingway Quotes Category: Fiction Quotes
"I kissed her hard and held her tight and tried to open her lips; they were closed tight."
"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."
Author: Hemingway Quotes Category: Gossip Quotes
"To me heaven would be a big bull ring with me holding two barrera seats and a trout stream outside that no one else was allowed to fish in and two lovely houses in the town; one where I would have my wife and children and be monogamous and love them truly and well and the other where I would have my nine beautiful mistresses on nine different floors."
Author: Hemingway Quotes Category: Heaven Quotes
"You write a book like that you're fond of over the years, then you see that happen to it, it's like pissing in your father's beer."
"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."
Author: Hemingway Quotes Category: Health Quotes Recreation Quotes
"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.''"
Author: Hemingway Quotes Category: Marriage Quotes
"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since."
"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn."
"I am opposed to writing about the private lives of living authors and psychoanalyzing them while they are alive. Criticism is getting all mixed up with a combination of the Junior F.B.I.-men, discards from Freud and Jung and a sort of Columnist peep-"
Author: Hemingway Quotes Category: Living Quotes
"For luck you carried a horse chestnut and a rabbit's foot in your right pocket. The fur had been worn off the rabbit's foot long ago and the bones and the sinews were polished by the wear. The claws scratched in the lining of your pocket and you knew your luck was still there."
Author: Hemingway Quotes Category: Luck Quotes
"He was just a coward and that was the worst luck any many could have"
Author: Hemingway Quotes Category: Luck Quotes
"Never write about a place until you're away from it, because that gives you perspective"
"The rich were dull and they drank too much or they played too much backgammon. They were dull and they were repetitious. He remembered poor Julian and his romantic awe of them and how he had started a story once that began, ''The very rich are different from you and me.'' And how someone had said to Julian, ''Yes, they have more money.''"
Author: Hemingway Quotes Category: Riches Quotes
"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."
Author: Hemingway Quotes Category: Prayer Quotes



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