Ernest Hemingway Quotes

Ernest Hemingway in the cabin of his boat Pilar off the coast of Cuba 1950
Ernest Hemingway in the cabin of his boat Pilar off the coast of Cuba 1950

A man’s got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.

All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.

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

Courage is grace under pressure.

Easy writing makes hard reading.

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.

God knows, people who are paid to have attitudes toward things, professional critics, make me sick.

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.

I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?

It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.

Never confuse movement with action.

Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.

That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best — make it all up — but make it up so truly that later it will happen that way.

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.

The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life — and one is as good as the other.

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

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

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.