34 Ernest Hemingway quotes about travel, love, life, writing and more

Ernest Hemingway, born 1899, was an American journalist, novelist, writer, and traveller. 

His works are still widely read today. Below are his best quotes which revolve around the subjects of travel, love, life, writing, war and much more. 

Share these quotes from Hemingway

There is no friend as loyal as a book.
Ernest Hemingway
Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.
Ernest Hemingway
My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
Ernest Hemingway
Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry: Worry never fixes anything.
Ernest Hemingway
An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.
Ernest Hemingway
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
Ernest Hemingway
Courage is grace under pressure.
Ernest Hemingway
It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.
Ernest Hemingway
As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.
Ernest Hemingway
You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering.
Ernest Hemingway
Never confuse movement with action.
Ernest Hemingway
All thinking men are atheists.
Ernest Hemingway
You can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.
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
We are all broken—that’s how the light gets in.
Ernest Hemingway
It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
Ernest Hemingway
I didn't want to kiss you goodbye — that was the trouble — I wanted to kiss you good night — and there's a lot of difference.
Ernest Hemingway
In order to write about life first you must live it.
Ernest Hemingway
Write hard and clear about what hurts.
Ernest Hemingway
All things truly wicked start from innocence.
Ernest Hemingway
The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.
Ernest Hemingway
No, that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.
Ernest Hemingway
Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
Ernest Hemingway
So far, about morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
Ernest Hemingway
The world breaks everyone, and afterwards, many are strong at the broken places.
Ernest Hemingway
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
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
The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.
Ernest Hemingway
If we win here we will win everywhere. The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.
Ernest Hemingway
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
Ernest Hemingway
Going to another country doesn’t make any difference. I’ve tried all that. You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. There’s nothing to that.
Ernest Hemingway
I drink to make other people more interesting.
Ernest Hemingway
All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.
Ernest Hemingway
Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
Ernest Hemingway
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
Ernest Hemingway
Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.
Ernest Hemingway
The thing is to become a master and in your old age to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing.
Ernest Hemingway
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.
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
But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
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
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
I can't stand it to think my life is going so fast and I'm not really living it.
Ernest Hemingway
Never to go on trips with anyone you do not love.
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
The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.
Ernest Hemingway
The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.
Ernest Hemingway
How did you go bankrupt? Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.
Ernest Hemingway
But life isn't hard to manage when you've nothing to lose.
Ernest Hemingway
When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve.
Ernest Hemingway
It is awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime, but at night it is another thing.
Ernest Hemingway
They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.
Ernest Hemingway
Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the Romance of the unusual.
Ernest Hemingway
Why do old men wake so early? Is it to have one longer day?
Ernest Hemingway
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.
Ernest Hemingway

Ltd edition wall art

Hang printable wall art quotes in your home or office. Buy now from our Etsy shop.

Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap