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.


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.     

Ernest Hemingway

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.     

Ernest Hemingway

Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.     

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

To be a successful father there is one absolute rule: when you have a kid don't look at it for the first two years.     

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

Any man who eats dessert is not drinking enough.     

Ernest Hemingway

However you make your living is where your talent lies.     

Ernest Hemingway

All things truly wicked start from an innocence.     

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

I try not to borrow, first you borrow then you beg.     

Ernest Hemingway

The circus is the only fun you can buy that is good for you.     

Ernest Hemingway

To show his nervousness was not shameful; only to admit it.     

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

There is no friend as loyal as a book.     

Ernest Hemingway

All good books have one thing in common, they are truer than if they had really happened.     

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

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.     

Ernest Hemingway

A man can be destroyed but not defeated.     

Ernest Hemingway

All things truly wicked start from innocence.     

Ernest Hemingway

And bed, he thought. Bed is my friend. Just bed, he thought. Bed will be a great thing. It is easy when you are beaten, he thought. I never knew how easy it was. And what beat you, the thought.     

Ernest Hemingway

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.     

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

The echoes of beauty you've seen transpire, Resound through dying coals of a campfire.     

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

We have to get used to the idea that at the most important crossroads in our life there are no signs.     

Ernest Hemingway