November 30, 2016

Ernest Hemingway Quotes

“A man’s got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.”

“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.”

“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.”

“All a man has is pride. Sometimes you have it so much it is a sin. We have all done things for pride that we knew were impossible. We didn’t care. But a man must implement his pride with intelligence and care.”

“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. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.”

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

“All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn… American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.”

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

“All our words from loose using have lost their edge.”

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

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

“And how much better to die in all the happy period of undisillusioned youth, to go out in a blaze of light, than to have your body worn out and old and illusions shattered.”

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

“Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter’s honor.”

“Courage is grace under pressure.”

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

“Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts.”

“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.”

“Ezra was right half the time, and when he was wrong, he was so wrong you were never in any doubt about it.”

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

“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.”

“For a war to be just three conditions are necessary – public authority, just cause, right motive.”

“God knows, people who are paid to have attitudes toward things, professional critics, make me sick; camp-following eunuchs of literature. They won’t even whore. They’re all virtuous and sterile. And how well meaning and high minded. But they’re all camp-followers.”

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

“Happiness is often presented as being very dull but, he thought, lying awake, that is because dull people are sometimes very happy and intelligent people can and do go around making themselves and everyone else miserable.”

“Here is the piece. If you can’t say fornicate can you say copulate or if not that can you say co-habit? If not that would have to say consummate I suppose. Use your own good taste and judgment.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“I had seen nothing sacred, and the things that were glorious had no glory and the sacrifices were like the stockyards at Chicago if nothing was done with the meat except to bury it…. Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene.”

“I have noticed that doctors who fail in the practice of medicine have a tendency to seek one another’s company and aid in consultation. A doctor who cannot take out your appendix properly will recommend you to a doctor who will be unable to remove your tonsils with success.”

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

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

“I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes.”

“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.”

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

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

“I never had to choose a subject – my subject rather chose me.”

“I started out very quiet and I beat Mr. Turgenev. Then I trained hard and I beat Mr. de Maupassant. I’ve fought two draws with Mr. Stendhal, and I think I had an edge in the last one. But nobody’s going to get me in any ring with Mr. Tolstoy unless I’m crazy or I keep getting better.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“I’m not going to get into the ring with Tolstoy.”

“In every port in the world, at least two Estonians can be found.”

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

“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.”

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

“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.”

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

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

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

“Never confuse movement with action.”

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

“Never mistake motion for action.”

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

“Never write about a place until you’re away from it, because that gives you perspective.”

“No matter how a man alone ain’t got no bloody fucking chance.”

“No weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee it to be a just one.”

“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.”

“Our nada who art in nada, nada be thy name thy kingdom nada thy will be nada in nada as it is in nada. Give us this nada our daily nada and nada us our nada as we nada our nadas and nada us not into nada but deliver us from nada; pues nada. Hail nothing full of nothing, nothing is with thee.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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 clock style of architecture.”

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

“The age demanded that we dance And jammed us into iron pants. And in the end the age was handed The sort of shit that it demanded.”

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

“The first panacea for a misguided 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.”

“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.”

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

“The rich were dull and they drank too much or they played too much backgammon. They were dull and they were repetitious. He remembered poor Julian and his romantic awe of them and how he had started a story once that began, The very rich are different from you and me. And how someone had said to Julian, Yes, they have more money.”

“The shortest answer is doing the thing.”

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.”

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

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

“Then there is the other secret. There isn’t any symbolysm. The sea is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish. The shark are all sharks no better and no worse. All the symbolism that people say is shit. What goes beyond is what you see beyond when you know.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“There’s no one thing that is true. They’re all true.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Time is the least thing we have of.”

“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.”

“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. It’s been that way all this year. It’s been that way so many times. All of war is that way.”

“Wars are caused by undefended wealth.”

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

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

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

“When you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead.”

“Why should anybody be interested in some old man who was a failure?”

“Write me at the Hotel Quintana, Pamplona, Spain. Or don’t you like to write letters. I do because it’s such a swell way to keep from working and yet feel you’ve done something”

“Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.”

“Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.”

“You and me, we’ve made a separate peace.”

“You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself.”

“You know it makes one feel rather good deciding not to be a bitch. It’s sort of what we have instead of God.”

“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 cafes.”

“You’re beautiful, like a May fly.”