Ernest Hemingway Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Ernest Hemingway quotes, Ernest Hemingway sayings, and Ernest Hemingway proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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.

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

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Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.     

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Until you're grown-up they send you to reform school. After you're grown-up they send you to the penitentiary.     

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

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Drinking is a way of ending the day.

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All things truly wicked start from innocence.     

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Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.     

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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.

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

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There's nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility is being superior to your former self.

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

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

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All our words from loose using have lost their edge.

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

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

Ernest Hemingway

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.

Ernest Hemingway

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.     

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It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.     

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

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

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

All things truly wicked start from innocence.     

Ernest Hemingway

We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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you can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.

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Night is always darker before the dawn and life is the same, the hard times will pass, every thing will get better and sun will shine brighter then ever.

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