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.


All bad writers are in love with the epic.     

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

And Barcelona. You should see Barcelona…It is all still comic opera. First it was the paradise of the crackpots and the romantic revolutionists. Now it is the paradise of the fake soldier. The soldiers who like to wear uniforms, who like to strut and swagger and wear red-and-black scarves. Who like everything about war except to fight. Valencia makes you sick and Barcelona makes you laugh.      

Ernest Hemingway

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.     

Ernest Hemingway

Work could cure almost anything.     

Ernest Hemingway

Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture.     

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

The cat has complete emotional honesty – an attribute not often found in humans.     

Ernest Hemingway

Writing is the clumsy attempt to find symbols for wordlessness.     

Ernest Hemingway

The telephone and visitors are the work destroyers.     

Ernest Hemingway

I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.     

Ernest Hemingway

There is no night life in Spain. They stay up late but they get up late. That is not night life. That is delaying the day.     

Ernest Hemingway

To go to bed at night in Madrid marks you as a little queer. For a long time your friends will be a little uncomfortable about it. Nobody goes to bed in Madrid until they have killed the night. Appointments with a friend are habitually made for after midnight at the cafe.     

Ernest Hemingway

Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones.     

Ernest Hemingway

I had an inheritance from my father, It was the moon and the sun. And though I roam all over the world, The spending of it’s never done.     

Ernest Hemingway