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.


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

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

There are only three sports: mountain climbing, bull fighting, and motor racing. All the rest are merely games.     

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

Before you quit, you have to try.     

Ernest Hemingway

You must be prepared to work always without applause.     

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

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.     

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

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

Ernest Hemingway

Ascensions into heaven are like falling leaves sad and happy all at the same time Going away isn't really sad especially when your going enables a new kind of presence to be born.     

Ernest Hemingway

Good dialogue is not real speech-it's the illusion of real speech.     

Ernest Hemingway

What is the definition of guts? Grace under pressure.     

Ernest Hemingway

The first draft of anything is garbage.     

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs.     

Ernest Hemingway

Show the readers everything, tell them nothing.     

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

Home is where the heart is, home is where the fart is. Come let us fart in the home. There is no art in a fart. Still a fart may not be artless. Let us fart and artless fart in the home.     

Ernest Hemingway

The first panacea for a misguided nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.      

Ernest Hemingway

As long as you can start, you are all right. The juice will come.     

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

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

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

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

Everyone is born with a certain mission to accomplish. Everyone who walks on the earth, has his responsibilities in life.     

Ernest Hemingway

Defense is the stronger form with the negative object, and attack the weaker form with the positive object.     

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway