250+ Famous Ernest Hemingway Quotes About Life, Love

Famous Ernest Hemingway Quotes | He was a Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner. He was one of the highly acclaimed American short story writers, novelists and journalists of the 20th century. Just like his work, his personal life was also an equally publicized affair.

He was born in a suburban area of Chicago. After completion of college, Hemingway opted to work as a journalists immediately.

He served in World War I before finally making his cut in literary expedition. Under the influence of the modernist writers and artists of the 1920s, he published his debut novel, ‘The Sun Also Rises’, in 1926. A year later he came up with the novel ‘A Farewell to Arms’ primarily based on his wartime experiences.

His successful novels that are considered as classics of American literature today such as ‘For whom the Bell Tolls’ and ‘The Old Man and the Sea’.

Let’s explore some of the most popular and inspirational Ernest Hemingway’s quotes.


Famous Ernest Hemingway Quotes


“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.”

Ernest Hemingway


“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“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.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Never mistake motion for action.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“All things truly wicked start from innocence.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“In modern war… you will die like a dog for no good reason.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”

– Ernest Hemingway


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Ernest Hemingway Quotes Images

“Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Cowardice… is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“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.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“About morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.”

– Ernest Hemingway


Hemingway Quotes On Love


“The game of golf would lose a great deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“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.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”

– Ernest Hemingway


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Ernest Hemingway Quotes Images

“An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?”

– Ernest Hemingway


“The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“The shortest answer is doing the thing.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“I love to go to the zoo. But not on Sunday. I don’t like to see the people making fun of the animals, when it should be the other way around.”

– Ernest Hemingway


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Ernest Hemingway Quotes Images

“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.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.”

– Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quotes About Life


“I wake up in the morning and my mind starts making sentences, and I have to get rid of them fast – talk them or write them down.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“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.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Courage is grace under pressure.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”

– Ernest Hemingway


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Ernest Hemingway Quotes Images

“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“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.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“You’re beautiful, like a May fly.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.”

– Ernest Hemingway


Hemingway Quotes On Writing


“For a true writer, each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“I know now that there is no one thing that is true – it is all true.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“To be a successful father… there’s one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don’t look at it for the first two years.”

– Ernest Hemingway


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Ernest Hemingway Quotes Images

“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.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“When you go to war as a boy, you have a great illusion of immortality. Other people get killed, not you… Then, when you are badly wounded the first time, you lose that illusion, and you know it can happen to you.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.”

– Ernest Hemingway


Hemingway Quotes On Time


“Time is the least thing we have of.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“What is moral is what you feel good after, and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.”

– Ernest Hemingway


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Ernest Hemingway Quotes Images

“Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“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.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“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.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“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.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“That terrible mood of depression of whether it’s any good or not is what is known as The Artist’s Reward.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

– Ernest Hemingway


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Ernest Hemingway Quotes Images

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”

– Ernest Hemingway


Hemingway Quotes On Love


“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?”

– Ernest Hemingway


“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“The first draft of anything is shit.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.”

– Ernest Hemingway


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Ernest Hemingway Quotes Images

“I drink to make other people more interesting.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“All thinking men are atheists.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Courage is grace under pressure.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“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.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“But man is not made for defeat,” he said. “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”

– Ernest Hemingway


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Ernest Hemingway Quotes Images

Random Hemingway Quotes


“Never confuse movement with action.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt, use it-don’t cheat with it.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“I’m not brave any more darling. I’m all broken. They’ve broken me.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“There’s no one thing that’s true. It’s all true.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“I can’t stand it to think my life is going so fast and I’m not really living it.”

– Ernest Hemingway


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Ernest Hemingway Quotes Images

“Never to go on trips with anyone you do not love.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“And you’ll always love me won’t you? Yes And the rain won’t make any difference? No”

– Ernest Hemingway


“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Write hard and clear about what hurts.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“In order to write about life first you must live it.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.”

– Ernest Hemingway


Famous Ernest Hemingway Quotes


“So far, about morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.”

– Ernest Hemingway


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Ernest Hemingway Quotes Images

“But life isn’t hard to manage when you’ve nothing to lose.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“All things truly wicked start from innocence.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Isn’t it pretty to think so.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“It is awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime, but at night it is another thing.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“You know it makes one feel rather good deciding not to be a bitch.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“No, that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.”

– Ernest Hemingway


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Ernest Hemingway Quotes Images

“They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry: Worry never fixes anything.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“I didn’t want to kiss you goodbye — that was the trouble — I wanted to kiss you good night — and there’s a lot of difference.”

– Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quotes About Love From Books


“Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the Romance of the unusual.”

– Ernest Hemingway


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“When you start to live outside yourself, it’s all dangerous.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Don’t you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you’re not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you’ve lived nearly half the time you have to live already?”

– Ernest Hemingway


“After writing a story I was always empty and both sad and happy, as though I had made love, and I was sure this was a very good story although I would not know truly how good until I read it over the next day.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Let him think that I am more man than I am and I will be so.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof, shit detector.”

– Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway Quotes About Writing


“By then I knew that everything good and bad left an emptiness when it stopped. But if it was bad, the emptiness filled up by itself. If it was good you could only fill it by finding something better.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“I am always in love.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Why, darling, I don’t live at all when I’m not with you.”

– Ernest Hemingway


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Ernest Hemingway Quotes Images

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“How did you go bankrupt?” Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Why do old men wake so early? Is it to have one longer day?”

– Ernest Hemingway


“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with that there is”

– Ernest Hemingway


“No one you love is ever truly lost.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Would you please please please please please please please stop talking?”

– Ernest Hemingway


“I may not be as strong as I think, but I know many tricks and I have resolution.”

– Ernest Hemingway


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Ernest Hemingway Quotes Images

“I’m not unfaithful, darling. I’ve plenty of faults but I’m very faithful. You’ll be sick of me I’ll be so faithful.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“He would lie in the bed and finally, with daylight, he would go to sleep. After all, he said to himself, it is probably only insomnia. Many must have it.”

– Ernest Hemingway


Hemingway Quotes On Time


“I loved you when I saw you today and I loved you always but I never saw you before.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Most people were heartless about turtles because a turtle’s heart will beat for hours after it has been cut up and butchered. But the old man thought, I have such a heart too.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“The real reason for not committing suicide is because you always know how swell life gets again after the hell is over.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“It’s silly not to hope. It’s a sin he thought.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”

– Ernest Hemingway


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Ernest Hemingway Quotes Images

“Going to another country doesn’t make any difference. I’ve tried all that. You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. There’s nothing to that.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“The thing is to become a master and in your old age to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Everyone behaves badly–given the chance.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“You’ve such a lovely temperature.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“We are all broken—that’s how the light gets in.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“We’re stronger in the places that we’ve been broken.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Do you suffer when you write? I don’t at all. Suffer like a bastard when don’t write, or just before, and feel empty and fucked out afterwards. But never feel as good as while writing.”

– Ernest Hemingway


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Ernest Hemingway Quotes Images

“If a writer stops observing he is finished. Experience is communicated by small details intimately observed.”

– Ernest Hemingway


Some Ernest Hemingway Quotes


“Listen,” I told him. “Don’t be so tough so early in the morning. I’m sure you’ve cut plenty of people’s throats. I haven’t even had my coffee yet.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“You know I don’t love any one but you. You shouldn’t mind because some one else loved me.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Oh, darling, you will be good to me, won’t you? Because we’re going to have a strange life.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“A writer should write what he has to say and not speak it.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“This was a big storm and he might as well enjoy it. It was ruining everything, but you might as well enjoy it”

– Ernest Hemingway


“This is a good place,” he said. “There’s a lot of liquor,” I agreed.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Wine is a grand thing,” I said. “It makes you forget all the bad.”

– Ernest Hemingway


Few More Ernest Hemingway Quotes


“If the others heard me talking out loud they would think that I am crazy. But since I am not, I do not care.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“They say the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered with better soil and with a higher grade of manure.”

– Ernest Hemingway


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Ernest Hemingway Quotes Images

“It is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or the moon or the stars. It is enough to live on the sea and kill our true brothers.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“I did not care what it was all about. All I wanted to know was how to live in it. Maybe if you found out how to live in it you learned from that what is was all about.”

– Ernest Hemingway


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