Ernest Hemingway Quotes

Ernest Hemingway is one of the best known American writers. He is best known for his novels, which include The Old Man and The Sea, The Sun Also Rises, A Moveable Feast and For Whom the Bell Tolls. Hemingway is very quotable. There are numerous great quotes from his books, short story collections and interviews. Here is are some of the best Hemingway quotes.

"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." - A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway

"It's all nonsense. It's only nonsense. I'm not afraid of the rain. I am not afraid of the rain. Oh, oh, God, I wish I wasn't." - A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway

"Why did they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so cruel?" - The Old Man and the Sea - 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

"He was just a coward and that was the worst luck any man could have." - For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway

"Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime." - 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." - (source: "Old Newsman Writes: A Letter from Cuba" - Esquire) - Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and The Sea

Cover of The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (Scribner)

"Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure only death can stop it." - Paris Review - Ernest Hemingway

"All a man has is pride. Sometimes you have it so much it is a sin. We have all done things for pride that we knew were impossible." - Islands in the Stream - Ernest Hemingway

"In Africa a thing is true at first light and a lie by noon and you have no more respect for it than for the lovely, perfect wood-fringed lake you see across the sun-baked salt plain." - True at First Light - Ernest Hemingway

"Life isn't hard to manage when you've nothing to lose." - A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway

"If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows, and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. " - Death in the Afternoon - Ernest Hemingway

"Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with that there is." - The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway

"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master." - The Wild Years - Ernest Hemingway

"Luck is a thing that comes in many forms and who can recognize her?" - The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway

"I mistrust all frank and simple people, especially when their stories hold together." - The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

"You’ll ache. And you’re going to love it. It will crush you. And you’re still going to love all of it. Doesn’t it sound lovely beyond belief?" - The Garden of Eden - Ernest Hemingway

"When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. " - A Moveable Feast - 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

"One cat just leads to another." - Ernest Hemingway