Best Ernest Hemingway Quotes I Wish I Had Read

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Ernest Hemingway Quotes

If we win here we will win everywhere. The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

 

Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene beside the concrete names of villages, the numbers of roads, the names of rivers, the numbers of regiments and the dates.

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

 

I know that the night is not the same as the day: that all things are different, that the things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist, and the night can be a dreadful time for lonely people once their loneliness has started.

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

 

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

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

 

I always worked until I had something done and I always stopped when I knew what was going to happen next. That way I could be sure of going on the next day.

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

 

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 and judged by these moral standards, which I do not defend, the bullfight is very moral to me because I feel very fine while it is going on and have a feeling of life and death and mortality and immortality, and after it is over I feel very sad but very fine.

Death in the Afternoon by 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. Especially do all stories of monogamy end in death, and your man who is monogamous while he often lives most happily, dies in the most lonely fashion. 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.

Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway

 

To worry was as bad as to be afraid. It simply made things more difficult.

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

 

Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today.

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

 

You have it now and that is all your whole life is; now. There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow. How old must you be before you know that? There is only now, and if now is only two days, then two days is your life and everything in it will be in proportion. This is how you live a life in two days. And if you stop complaining and asking for what you never will get, you will have a good life. A good life is not measured by any biblical span.

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

 

The way to hunt is for as long as you live against as long as there is such and such an animal; just as the way to paint is as long as there is you and colors and canvas, and to write as long as you can live and there is pencil and paper or ink or any machine to do it with, or anything you care to write about, and you feel a fool, and you are a fool, to do it any other way.

Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway

 

He did not want any consequences. He did not want any consequences ever again. He wanted to live along without consequences.

In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway

 

Out of all the things you could not have there were some that you could have and one of those was to know when you were happy and to enjoy all of it while it was there and it was good.

Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway

 

You have to make it inside of yourself wherever you are. You are doing all right at that here.

Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway

 

You see Eddy’s happy because he does something well and does it every day.”

Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway

 

He had destroyed his talent by not using it, by betrayals of himself and what he believed in, by drinking so much that he blunted the edge of his perceptions, by laziness, by sloth, and by snobbery, by pride and by prejudice, by hook and by crook. What was this? A catalogue of old books? What was his talent anyway? It was a talent all right but instead of using it, he had traded on it. It was never what he had done, but always what he could do.

The Complete Short Stories Of Ernest Hemingway by Ernest Hemingway

 

They are, he thought, the hardest in the world; the hardest, the cruelest, the most predatory and the most attractive and their men have softened or gone to pieces nervously as they have hardened. Or is it that they pick men they can handle? They can’t know that much at the age they marry, he thought. He was grateful that he had gone through his education on American women before now because this was a very attractive one.

The Complete Short Stories Of Ernest Hemingway by Ernest Hemingway

 

if she doesn’t catch cold when she is rained on and appreciates dust, likes disorder and irregular meals and never needs to sleep and still keeps clean and neat without running water; then bring her. You’ll probably lose her to a better man than you.

The Dangerous Summer by Ernest Hemingway

 

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

The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway

 

Remember everything is right until it’s wrong. You’ll know when it’s wrong.

The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway

 

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

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

 

You are killing me, fish, the old man thought. But you have a right to. Never have I seen a greater, or more beautiful, or a calmer or more noble thing than you, brother. Come on and kill me. I do not care who kills who.

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

 

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

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

 

You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. There’s nothing to that.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

 

Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bull-fighters.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

 

Enjoying living was learning to get your money’s worth and knowing when you had it.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

 

You’re an expatriate. You’ve lost touch with the soil. You get precious. Fake European standards have ruined you. You drink yourself to death. You become obsessed by sex. You spend all your time talking, not working. You are an expatriate, see? You hang around cafés.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

 

In Africa a thing is true at first light and a lie by noon and you have no more respect for it than for the lovely, perfect weed-fringed lake you see across the sun-baked salt plain. You have walked across that plain in the morning and you know that no such lake is there. But now it is there absolutely true, beautiful and believable.

True at First Light by Ernest Hemingway

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