Quotes of the day- Ernest Hemingway:
Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American author and
journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence
on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public
image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work
between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in
Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story
collections and two non-fiction works. Three novels, four collections of
short stories and three non-fiction works were published posthumously.
Many of these are considered classics of American literature. (Click
here for full article.)
A big lie is more plausible than truth.
A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.
All good books have one thing in common- they are truer than if they had
All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry
Finn... American writing comes from that. There was nothing before.
There has been nothing as good since.
All politics is a matter of working hard without reward, or with a
living wage for a time, in the hope of booty later.
All things truly wicked start from an innocence.
All thinking men are atheists.
Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to
keep your mouth shut.
America is the land of wide lawns and narrow minds.
An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with
And how much better to die in all the happy period of undisillusioned
youth, to go out in a blaze of light, than to have your body worn out
and old and illusions shattered.
But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
Every day above earth is a good day
Everybody is friends when things are bad enough.
Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth.
Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
However you make your living is where your talent lies.
I [like to write letters] because it's such a swell way to
keep from working and yet feel you've done something.
I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is
immoral is what you feel bad after.
I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you
I've been in love (truly) with five women, the Spanish Republic and the
4th Infantry Division.
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.
It wasn't by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. The laws
of prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of mathematics, of
Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
My attitude toward punctuation is that it ought to be as conventional as
possible. The game of golf would lose a good deal if croquet mallets and
billiard cues were allowed on the putting green. You ought to be able to
show that you can do it a good deal better than anyone else with the
regular tools before you have a license to bring in your own
Never confuse movement with action.
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not
a crime. Ask the infantry and ask the dead.
Nobody knows what's in him until he tries to pull it out. If there's
nothing, or very little, the shock can kill a man.
One cat just leads to another.
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.
That is the great fallacy; the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise.
They grow careful.
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 most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof,
shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had
The sole purpose of the cabaret is for unattached men to find
complaisant women. All the rest is a wasting of time in bad air.
The world breaks everyone, and afterward many are strong at the broken
There is honor among pickpockets and honor among whores. It is simply
that the standards differ.
There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who
has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two
people love each other there can be no happy end to it.
There is no such thing as safety. There are so many seeking safety here
now that they make a great danger. In seeking safety now you lose all.
They say the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always
seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered
with better soil and with a higher grade of manure.
They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for ones
country. But in modern war there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your
dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.
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.
Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will
happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do
War is no longer made by simply analysed economic forces if it ever was.
War is made or planned now by individual men, demagogues and dictators
who play on the patriotism of their people to mislead them into a belief
in the great fallacy of war when all their vaunted reforms have failed
to satisfy the people they misrule.
Wars are Spinach. Life in general is the tough part. In war all you have
to do is not worry and know how to read a map and co-ordinates.
We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
When some people hear an echo, they think they originated the sound.
When you give power to an executive you do not know who will be filling
that position when the time of crisis comes.
When you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead.
You never understand anybody that loves you.
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