Ernest Hemingway Quotes


115 Ernest Hemingway quotes:



"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-hole and missing laundry list school. Every young English professor sees gold in them dirty sheets now. Imagine what they can do with the soiled sheets of four legal beds by the same writer and you can see why their tongues are slavering."
"Never mistake motion for action."
"Never confuse movement with action."
"If the book is good, is about something that you know, and is truly written, and reading it over you see that this is so, you can let the boys yip and the noise will have that pleasant sound coyotes make on a very cold night when they are out in the snow and you are in your own cabin that you have built or paid for with your work."
"I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?"
"Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports ... all others are games."
"Retirement is the ugliest word in the language."
"How simple the writing of literature would be if it were only necessary to write in another way what has been well written. It is because we have had such great writers in the past that a writer is driven far out past where he can go, out to where no one can help him."
"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut."
Author: Hemingway Quotes Category: American Novelist Quotes Bragging Quotes
"It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way."
"Courage is grace under pressure."
"I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after."
"There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention."
"No weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee it to be a just one."
"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."
Author: Hemingway Quotes Category: American Novelist Quotes Fishing Quotes
"I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it."
"Pound's crazy. All poets are. They have to be. You don't put a poet like Pound in the loony bin."
"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."
"There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games."
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"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"
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