Ernest Hemingway Quotes


115 Ernest Hemingway quotes:



"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."
"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?"
"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."
"Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo style of architecture."
"Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over"
"Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports ... all others are games."
"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."
"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."
"All things truly wicked start from an innocence."
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"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."
"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut."
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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."
"It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way."
"An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools."
"Personal columnists are jackals and no jackal has been known to live on grass once he had learned about meat - no matter who killed the meat for him."
"Courage is grace under pressure."
"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."



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