Ernest Hemingway quotes talk surprisingly a lot about war and also about writing something he did well. He lived during two world wars so its not surprising he wasn’t fond of them. It is said that he and Franklin D Roosevelt is related. Roosevelt was President during the second world war.
Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899 and dies in 1961. He was an American sportsman, novelist, short story writer and journalist. He is known for being a strong influence on fiction in the 1900s and had an idea that was dubbed the iceberg theory based on his economic point of view. John F Kennedy loved his work and worked with Hemingway’s wife Mary to get his library back to America from Cuba where he spent much time.
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."
“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."
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self."
“But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”
“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”
"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut."
“That terrible mood of depression of whether it's any good or not is what is known as The Artist's Reward."
“Why should anybody be interested in some old man who was a failure?"
“Never mistake motion for action."
“I'm not going to get into the ring with Tolstoy."
“The game of golf would lose a great deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green."
“Cowardice... is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination.”
“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime."
“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?"
“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love."
“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 moveable feast."
“You're beautiful, like a May fly."
“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."
“It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way."
"I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it."
“All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn."
"His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly's wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred."
“The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself."
"If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water."
“Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war."
“For a war to be just three conditions are necessary - public authority, just cause, right motive."
“Wars are caused by undefended wealth."
“I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes."
"The shortest answer is doing the thing."
“Courage is grace under pressure."
“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."
“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."
“All good books have one thing in common - they are truer than if they had really happened."
“My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way."
“I never had to choose a subject - my subject rather chose me."
“As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary."
“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."
“To be a successful father... there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years."
“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."
“When you have shot one bird flying you have shot all birds flying. They are all different and they fly in different ways but the sensation is the same and the last one is as good as the first."
“Man is not made for defeat."
“Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you."
“I know now that there is no one thing that is true - it is all true."
Ernest Hemingway quotes are from a man who lived adventurous but whose life ended tragically. He lived during a time where many activists like Martin Luther King Jr. and others fought for freedom. He spent much of his time in and out of Cuba and left this life in a sad way. Despite this fact I hope something he has shared will be an inspiration to someone.