34 Ernest Hemingway Quotes To Empower Your Life

The American author and a journalist Ernest Hemingway was born on 21st July 1899. He was a writer that gained recognition for his unique yet straightforward writing style. He was able to make an impact on people by creating strong work of fiction and traditions in the 20th Century. The author won the Nobel prize and was undoubtedly one of the most celebrated writers of all time. Ernest Hemingway quotes are equally inspirational. His exceptional writing made his work stand apart, and the intensity with which he intertwined emotions and drama into his novels was remarkable.

Some of his most famous work included A Farewell to Arms and The Sun Also Rises. The most groundbreaking novels he had written in his life remains The Old Man and the Sea that also won him the very prestigious Pulitzer Prize, that according to a lot of people he was denied for long. On July 2nd, 1961 he committed suicide but left behind his legacy and the iconic writing style that is a massive inspiration for writers even today. Here are the best Ernest Hemingway quotes you can’t skip reading.

1. You know that fiction, prose rather, is possibly the roughest trade of all in writing.  – Ernest Hemingway

2. How simple the writing of literature would be if it were only necessary to write in another way what has been well written. It is because we have had such great writers in the past that a writer is driven far out past where he can go, out to where no one can help him. – Ernest Hemingway

3. The best ammunition against lies is the truth, there is no ammunition against gossip. It is like a fog and the clear wind blows it away and the sun burns it off. – Ernest Hemingway

4. I’ve seen a lot of patriots and they all died just like anybody else if it hurt bad enough and once they were dead their patriotism was only good for legends; it was bad for their prose and made them write bad poetry. If you are going to be a great patriot i.e. loyal to any existing order of government you want to be killed early if your life and works won’t stink. – Ernest Hemingway

5. 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-– Ernest Hemingway

6. 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 movable feast. – Ernest Hemingway

7. Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports … all others are games. – Ernest Hemingway

8. For luck, you carried a horse chestnut and a rabbit’s foot in your right pocket. The fur had been worn off the rabbit’s foot long ago and the bones and the sinews were polished by the wear. The claws scratched in the lining of your pocket and you knew your luck was still there – Ernest Hemingway

9. Oak Park is a neighborhood of wide lawns and narrow minds. – Ernest Hemingway quotes

10. All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. – Ernest Hemingway

11. 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 . – Ernest Hemingway

12. There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games. – Ernest Hemingway

13. Never confuse movement with action. – Ernest Hemingway

14. Courage is grace under pressure. – Ernest Hemingway

15. Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over– Ernest Hemingway

16. I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.– Ernest Hemingway

17. He was just a coward and that was the worst luck any many could have – Ernest Hemingway

18. Retirement is the ugliest word in the language. – Ernest Hemingway

19. 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. – Ernest Hemingway

20. 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. That is why you write and for no other reason that you know of. But what about all the reasons that no one knows? – Ernest Hemingway

21. You write a book like that you’re fond of over the years, then you see that happen to it, it’s like pissing in your father’s beer. – Ernest Hemingway

22. They can’t yank a novelist like they can a pitcher. A novelist has to go the full nine, even if it kills him. – Ernest Hemingway

23. Never write about a place until you’re away from it because that gives you perspective– Ernest Hemingway

24. The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it. – Ernest Hemingway

25. It’s enough for you to do it once for a few men to remember you. But if you do it year after year, then many people remember you and they tell it to their children, and their children and grandchildren remember and, if it concerns books, they can read them. And if it’s good enough, it will last as long as there are human beings. – Ernest Hemingway

26. I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently. – Ernest Hemingway

27. 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. – Ernest Hemingway

28. 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.”– Ernest Hemingway

29. 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. – Ernest Hemingway

30. Some people show evil as a great racehorse shows breeding. They have the dignity of a hard chancre. – Ernest Hemingway

31. I kissed her hard and held her tight and tried to open her lips; they were closed tight. – Ernest Hemingway

32. Only one marriage I regret. I remember after I got that marriage license I went across from the license bureau to a bar for a drink. The bartender said, ”What will you have, sir?” And I said, ”A glass of hemlock.”– Ernest Hemingway

33. 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. – Ernest Hemingway

34. If the book is good, is about something that you know, and is truly written, and reading it over you see that this is so, you can let the boys yip and the noise will have that pleasant sound coyote make on a very cold night when they are out in the snow and you are in your own cabin that you have built or paid for with your work. – Ernest Hemingway

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