Ernest Hemingway Quotes

Ernest Hemingway Quotes

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Here are some memorable quotes from legendary journalist and novelist, Ernest Hemingway:

A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.

Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter’s honor.

Cowardice… is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination.

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.

Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth.

Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.

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.

For a war to be just three conditions are necessary – public authority, just cause, right motive.

I don’t like to write like God. It is only because you never do it, though, that the critics think you can’t do it.

I know now that there is no one thing that is true – it is all true.

Ernest Hemingway at the Finca Vigia, 1947

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.

I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.

I’ve tried to reduce profanity but I reduced so much profanity when writing the book that I’m afraid not much could come out. Perhaps we will have to consider it simply as a profane book and hope that the next book will be less profane or perhaps more sacred.

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.

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.

Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.

Never go on trips with anyone you do not love…

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