Ernest Hemingway Quotes for Inspiration

Ernest Hemingway, a renowned American author, revolutionized modern literature with his minimalist writing style and profound exploration of human themes. Born in 1899 in Illinois, Hemingway became known for his concise prose, vivid imagery, and themes of love, war, and masculinity.

His experiences as a journalist and ambulance driver during World War I profoundly influenced his writing, reflected in works like “A Farewell to Arms” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Hemingway’s adventurous lifestyle, marked by travels across Europe and Africa, further shaped his distinctive voice, earning him a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Despite his tragic end by suicide in 1961, Hemingway’s legacy endures as one of the most influential and celebrated figures in American literature.

Hemingway Quotes 

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

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

“Courage is grace under pressure.”

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

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“I drink to make other people more interesting.”

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

 “All things truly wicked start from innocence.”

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

“Never confuse movement with action.”

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

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

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

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

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

“The shortest answer is doing.”

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

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

“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.”

“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.”

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

“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 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.”

These quotes capture the essence of Hemingway’s unique perspective on life, love, writing, and human nature.

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