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“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
Ernest Hemingway
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
Ernest Hemingway
“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
Ernest Hemingway
“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?”
Ernest Hemingway
“Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”
Ernest Hemingway
“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”
Ernest Hemingway
“The first draft of anything is shit.”
Ernest Hemingway
“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”
Ernest Hemingway
“Maybe...you'll fall in love with me all over again."
"Hell," I said, "I love you enough now. What do you want to do? Ruin me?"
"Yes. I want to ruin you."
"Good," I said. "That's what I want too.”
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
“I drink to make other people more interesting.”
Ernest Hemingway
“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.”
Ernest Hemingway
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”
Ernest Hemingway
“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”
Ernest Hemingway
“All thinking men are atheists.”
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
Ernest Hemingway
“Courage is grace under pressure.”
Ernest Hemingway
“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.”
Ernest Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway: A Literary Reference
tags: war
“If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.”
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
“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
“You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person died for no reason.”
Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
“The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.”
Ernest Hemingway, Men Without Women
“Never confuse movement with action.”
Ernest Hemingway
“There's no one thing that's true. It's all true.”
Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls
“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
“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
“As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.”
Ernest Hemingway
“But man is not made for defeat," he said. "A man can be destroyed but not defeated. ”
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”
Ernest Hemingway
tags: cats
“I’m not brave any more darling. I’m all broken. They’ve broken me.”
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
“My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.”
Ernest Hemingway

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