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Below are the first 25 of the Ernest Hemingway's quotes (out of 176 in total)
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.
The first panacea for a mismanaged 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.
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.
They say the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered with better soil and with a higher grade of manure.
The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.
As you get older, it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary
When I have an idea, I turn down the flame, as if it were a little alcohol stove, as low as it will go. Then it explodes and that is my idea.
You know lots of criticism is written by characters who are very academic and think it is a sign you are worthless if you make jokes or kid or even clown. I wouldn't kid Our Lord if he was on the cross. But I would attempt a joke with him if I ran in
Defense is the stronger form with the negative object, and attack the weaker form with the positive object.
The world breaks everyone and afterwards many are strong at the broken places
Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth.
I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
There is no friend as loyal as a book.
The Garden of Eden
Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.
By "guts" I mean, grace under pressure
Ernest Hemingway Quotes 18 - 34
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
All thinking men are atheists
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.
One cat just leads to another.
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.
Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.
Unlike all other forms of lute or combat the conditions are that the winner shall take nothing; neither his ease, nor his pleasure, nor any notions of glory; nor, if he wins far enough, shall there be any reward within himself.
There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.