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The 49 Best Ernest Hemingway Quotes

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Hemingway’s short, punchy writing lends itself to great quotations.

Here we have a curated collection of some of the best Hemingway quotes we could find. From the The Sun Also Rises to Death in the Afternoon Hemingway is motivational, manly, drunk, and ever to the point.

I drink to make other people more interesting.

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


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

God knows I didn’t mean to fall in love with her.

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

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

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

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

No one you love is ever truly lost.

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.

The things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist.

The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.

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

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

Courage is grace under pressure.

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

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

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

There is no friend as loyal as a book.

Cowards die a thousand deaths, but the brave only die once.


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

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

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

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.

To hell with them. Nothing hurts if you don’t let it.

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

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.

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

Being against evil doesn’t make you good.

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

All things truly wicked start from innocence.

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.

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.

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

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

For what are we born if not to aid one another?

The first draft of anything is shit.

The shortest answer is doing the thing.

A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

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

Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.

All thinking men are atheists.

Death is like an old whore in a bar–I’ll buy her a drink but I won’t go upstairs with her.

Develop a built-in bullshit detector.

Isn’t it pretty to think so.

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?

Never sit a table when you can stand at the bar.

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