Ernest Hemingway Quotes


115 Ernest Hemingway quotes:



"A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book."
"I don't like to write like God. It is only because you never do it, though, that the critics think you can't do it."
"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."
"That terrible mood of depression of whether it's any good or not is what is known as The Artist's Reward."
"When I have an idea, I turn down the flame, as if it were a little alcohol stove, as low as it will go. Then it explodes and that is my idea."
"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."
"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."
"No weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee it to be a just one."
"There is no friend as loyal as a book."
"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."
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"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."
"When you have shot one bird flying you have shot all birds flying. They are all different and they fly in different ways but the sensation is the same and the last one is as good as the first."
"I know now that there is no one thing that is true - it is all true."
"The world is a fine place and worth fighting for."
"When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen."
"Why should anybody be interested in some old man who was a failure?"
"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."
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