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Ernest Hemingway Quotes

115 Ernest Hemingway 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"
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"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."
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"But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated."
"The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them."
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"You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself."
"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."
"All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time."
"The shortest answer is doing the thing."
"For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can."
"I never had to choose a subject - my subject rather chose me."
"The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it."
"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."
"If you have a success you have it for the wrong reasons. If you become popular it is always because of the worst aspects of your work."
"Cowardice... is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination."
"Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination."
"A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book."
"There's no one thing that is true. They're all true."
"You're beautiful, like a May fly."
"When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature."
"I've tried to reduce profanity but I reduced so much profanity when writing the book that I'm afraid not much could come out. Perhaps we will have to consider it simply as a profane book and hope that the next book will be less profane or perhaps more sacred."

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