Friday, December 25, 2009

Ernest Hemmingway Quotes 1899-1961

A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.

All is fair in love and war.

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.

All good books have one thing in common - they are truer than if they had really happened.

All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.

All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.

All our words from loose using have lost their edge.

All things truly wicked start from innocence.

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.

An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.

As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.

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.

But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

Courage is grace under pressure.

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

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.

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.

Ezra was right half the time, and when he was wrong, he was so wrong you were never in any doubt about it.

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

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

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.

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.

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

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.

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

I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.

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.

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

I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?

I never had to choose a subject - my subject rather chose me.

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.

In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason.

Man is not made for defeat.

Never confuse movement with action.

Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.

Never mistake motion for action.

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

No weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee it to be a just one.

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.

That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best - make it all up - but make it up so truly that later it will happen that way.

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.

The man who has begun to live more seriously within begins to live more simply without.

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.

The shortest answer is doing the thing.

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.

The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.

Wars are caused by undefended wealth.

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.

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.

You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself.

You're beautiful, like a May fly.

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