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61 quotes from Ernest Hemingway one of the great American 20th century novelists

Born on July 21, 1899, Ernest Hemingway was one of the greatest and influential writer of the 20th century in America, influencing many writers such as Ray Bradbury and J.D. Salinger. Known for his distinctive and yet deceptively simple style, Hemingway polarized the literature scene with the craft that later landed him the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for 'A Farewell to Arms" and the Nobel Prize in 1954 for "The Old Man and the Sea".

While working as a foreign correspondent in paris, Hemingway met many influential artists such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, Pablo Picasso, Joao Miro and Erza Pound known as the Lost Generation.

On his birthday, we share with you 61 things Ernest Hemingway said in his life:

 

"We are all broken - that's how the light gets in."

"We are all broken - that's how the light gets in."
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On Books:

"There is no friend as loyal as a book."

 

On the art of Writing:

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

"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."

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

"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."

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

"In order to write about life first you must live it."

"Write hard and clear about what hurts."

"You can write any time people will leave you alone and not interrupt you. Or, rather, you can if you will be ruthless enough about it. But the best writing is certainly when you are in love."

"After writing a story I was always empty and both sad and happy, as though I had made love, and I was sure this was a very good story although I would not know truly how good until I read it over the next day."

"Poor (William) 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."

"As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand."

"If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an icebergis due to only one ninth of it being above water."

"If a writer stops observing he is finished. Experience is communicated by small details intimately observed."

"Good writing is good conversation, only more so."

 

About the importance of listening:

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

 

On Life and Death:

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"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some 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."

"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."

"Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual."

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

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

"Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth."

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

 

About the subject of time:

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

"Time is the least thing we have of."

"How little we know of what there is to know. I wish that I were going to live a long time instead of going to die today because I have learned much about life in these four days; more, I think than in all other time. I'd like to be an old man to really know. I wonder if you keep on learning or if there is only a certain amount each man can understand. I thought I knew so many things that I know nothing of. I wish there was more time."

 

On vulnerability of virtues:

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"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."

"You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering."

 

On staying sober:

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

 

On being drunk:
"I drink to make other people more interesting."

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

 

On cats:

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"A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not."

"No animal has more liberty than the cat, but it buries the mess it makes. The cat is the best anarchist."

 

About his love of sleep:
"I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?"

 

 

On love:

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"No one you love is ever truly lost."

 

On Travelling:
"Never go on trips with anyone you do not love."

 

On zoo animals:
"I love to go to the zoo. But not on Sunday. I don't like to see the people making fun of the animals, when it should be the other way around."

 

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

 

About everything good and bad:
"By then I knew that everything good and bad left an emptiness when it stopped. But if it was bad, the emptiness filled up by itself. If it was good you could only fill it by finding something better."

 

On Trust:

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

 

On progress:
"Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is."

"Never confuse movement with action."

 

On being prepared:
"Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready."

 

On Resilience:

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"But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated."

 

On war:
"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."

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

"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."

"For a war to be just three conditions are necessary - public authority, just cause, right motive."

 

On Humility:

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

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

 

On feeling good:
"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."

"You know it makes one feel rather good deciding not to be a bitch."

 

On worrying:

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"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."

 

On escaping:
"You can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another."

 

On happiness (and intelligence):

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"Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know."

"Intelligence is so damn rare and the people who have it often have such a bad time with it that they get bitter or propagandistic and then it's not much use."

 

On wisdom of old men:
"Why do old men wake so early? Is it to have one longer day?"

"No, that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful."

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

 

Bonus:

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

"Everybody has strange things that mean things to them. You couldn't help it."

 

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