Ernest Hemingway Quotes

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way. Ernest Hemingway

When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen. Ernest Hemingway

Never mistake motion for action. Ernest Hemingway

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

A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not. Ernest Hemingway

But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated. Ernest Hemingway

Courage is grace under pressure. Ernest Hemingway

Wine is the most civilized thing in the world. Ernest Hemingway

In Europe we thought of wine as something as healthy and normal as food and also a great giver of happiness and well being and delight. Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary. 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

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. Ernest Hemingway

All things truly wicked start from an innocence. Ernest Hemingway

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast. 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

That terrible mood of depression of whether it’s any good or not is what is known as The Artist’s Reward. Ernest Hemingway

Honour to a Spaniard, no matter how dishonest, is as real a thing as water, wine, or olive oil. There is honour among pickpockets and honour among whores. It is simply that the standards differ. Ernest Hemingway

The parody is the last refuge of the frustrated writer. Parodies are what you write when you are associate editor of the Harvard Lampoon. The greater the work of literature, the easier the parody. The step up from writing parodies is writing on the wall above the urinal. Ernest Hemingway

Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination. Ernest Hemingway

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. Ernest Hemingway

To be a successful father there’s one absolute rule: when you first have a kid, don’t look at it for the first two years. Ernest Hemingway

There isn’t any symbolism. The sea is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish. The shark are all sharks no better and no worse. All the symbolism that people say is shit. Ernest Hemingway

Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture. Ernest Hemingway