Quotes by Ernest Hemingway


There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
– Ernest Hemingway
A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
– Ernest Hemingway
All good books have one thing in common - they are truer than if they had really happened.
– Ernest Hemingway
All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.
– Ernest Hemingway
All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.
– Ernest Hemingway
All our words from loose using have lost their edge.
– Ernest Hemingway
All things truly wicked start from innocence.
– Ernest Hemingway
An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.
– Ernest Hemingway
As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.
– Ernest Hemingway
Courage is grace under pressure.
– Ernest Hemingway
Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.
– Ernest Hemingway
Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts.
– Ernest Hemingway
Defense is the stronger form with the negative object, and attack the weaker form with the positive object.
– Ernest Hemingway
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.
– Ernest Hemingway
For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.
– Ernest Hemingway
For a war to be just three conditions are necessary - public authority, just cause, right motive.
– Ernest Hemingway
Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt, use it-don't cheat with it.
– Ernest Hemingway
God knows people who are paid to have attitudes toward things, professional critics, make me sick; camp following eunuchs of literature. They won't even whore. They're all virtuous and sterile. And how well meaning and high minded. But they're all camp followers.
– Ernest Hemingway
Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
– Ernest Hemingway
Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.
– Ernest Hemingway