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


«As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.»

Ernest Hemingway


«If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.»

Ernest Hemingway


«The people that I liked and had not met went to the big cafes because they were lost in them and no one noticed them and they could be alone in them and be together.»

Ernest Hemingway


«He had only one thing to do and that was what he should think about and he must think it out clearly and take everything as it came along, and not worry. To worry was a bad as to be afraid. It simply made things more difficult.»

Ernest Hemingway


«We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.»

Ernest Hemingway


«There will always be people who say it does not exist because they cannot have it. But I tell you it is true and that you have it and that you are lucky even if you die tomorrow.»

Ernest Hemingway


«The fish is my friend too...I have never seen or heard of such a fish. But I must kill him. I am glad we do not have to try to kill the stars. Imagine if each day a man must try to kill the moon, he thought. The moon runs away. But imagine if a man each day should have to try to kill the sun? We were born lucky; he thought»

Ernest Hemingway


«Are you a communist?"»

Ernest Hemingway


«That was what you did. You died. You did not know what it was about. They threw you in and told you the rules and the first time they caught you off base they killed you. Or they killed you gratuitously like Aymo. Or gave you the syphilis like Rinaldi. But they killed you in the end. You could count on that. Stay around and they would kill you.»

Ernest Hemingway


«How little we know of what there is to know. I wish that I were going to live a long time instead of going to die today because I have learned much about life in these four days; more, I think than in all other time. I'd like to be an old man to really know. I wonder if you keep on learning or if there is only a certain amount each man can understand. I thought I knew so many things that I know nothing of. I wish there was more time.»

Ernest Hemingway


«Women made such swell friends. Awfully swell. In the first place, you had to be in love with a woman to have a basis of friendship.»

Ernest Hemingway


«There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.»

Ernest Hemingway


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

Ernest Hemingway


«The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.»

Ernest Hemingway


«I never used to realize it, I guess. I try and play it along and just not make trouble for people. Probably I never would have had any trouble at all if I hadn't run into Brett when they shipped me to England. I suppose she only wanted what she couldn't have. Well, people were that way. To hell with people. The Catholic Church had an awfully good way of handling all that. Good advice, anyway. Not to think about it. Oh, it was swell advice. Try and take it sometime. Try and take it.»

Ernest Hemingway


«There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.»

Ernest Hemingway


«If you have a success you have it for the wrong reasons. If you become popular it is always because of the worst aspects of your work.»

Ernest Hemingway


«When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.»

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


«Maybe...you'll fall in love with me all over again."»

Ernest Hemingway


«You are going to die like a dog for no good reason»

Ernest Hemingway


«You never kill anyone you want to kill in a war, he said to himself.»

Ernest Hemingway


«I had never known any man to die while speaking in terza-rima»

Ernest Hemingway


«I didn't want to kiss you goodbye — that was the trouble — I wanted to kiss you good night — and there's a lot of difference.»

Ernest Hemingway


«There isnt always an explanation for everything.»

Ernest Hemingway


«Prose is architecture and the Baroque age is over.»

Ernest Hemingway


«You know you’re writing well when you’re throwing good stuff into the wastebasket.»

Ernest Hemingway


«This was the greatest gift that he had, the talent that fitted him for war; that ability not to ignore but to despise whatever bad ending there could be. This quality was destroyed by too much responsibility for others or the necessity of undertaking something ill planned or badly conceived. For in such things the bad ending, failure, could not be ignored. It was not simply a possibility of harm to one's self, which»

Ernest Hemingway


«What difference does it make if you live in a picturesque little outhouse surrounded by 300 feeble minded goats and your faithful dog? The question is: Can you write?»

Ernest Hemingway