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Ernest Hemingway Quotes

62 of the best book quotes from Ernest Hemingway
  1. #1
    “And you’ll always love me, won’t you?”
    “Yes.”
    “And the rain won’t make any difference?”
    “No.”
  2. #2
    “There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
  3. #3
    “No animal has more liberty than the cat, but it buries the mess it makes. The cat is the best anarchist.”
  4. #4
    “For what are we born if not to aid one another?”
  5. #5
    “My life used to be full of everything. Now if you aren’t with me I haven’t a thing in the world.”
  6. #6
    “When people talk listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen.”
  7. #7
    “This was a big storm and he might as well enjoy it. It was ruining everything, but you might as well enjoy it”
  8. #8
    “How little we know of what there is to know. I wish that I were going to live a long time instead of going to die today because I have learned much about life in these four days; more, I think than in all other time. I’d like to be an old man to really know. I wonder if you keep on learning or if there is only a certain amount each man can understand. I thought I knew so many things that I know nothing of. I wish there was more time.”
  1. #9
    “I loved you when I saw you today and I loved you always but I never saw you before.”
  2. #10
    “There is nothing else than now. There is neither yesterday, certainly, nor is there any tomorrow. How old must you be before you know that? There is only now, and if now is only two days, then two days is your life and everything in it will be in proportion. This is how you live a life in two days. And if you stop complaining and asking for what you never will get, you will have a good life. A good life is not measured by any biblical span.”
  3. #11
    “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
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  4. #12
    “You don’t have to pretend you love me.”
    “But I do love you.”
  5. #13
    “There is a hollow empty feeling that a man can have when he is waked too early in the morning that is almost like the feeling of disaster and he had this multiplied a thousand times.”
  6. #14
    “War is not won by victory.”
  7. #15
    “But life isn’t hard to manage when you’ve nothing to lose.”
  8. #16
    “‘Now I am depressed myself,’ I said. ‘That’s why I never think about these things. I never think and yet when I begin to talk I say the things I have found out in my mind without thinking.‘”
  1. #17
    “Let him think that I am more man than I am and I will be so.”
  2. #18
    “You have never heard me talk much. But an intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend his time with fools.”
  3. #19
    “And if thou dost not love me, I love thee enough for both.”
  4. #20
    “I don’t want to be your friend, baby. I am your friend.”
  5. #21
    “If the others heard me talking out loud they would think that I am crazy. But since I am not crazy, I do not care.”
  6. #22
    “The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one?.”
  7. #23
    “The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one?.”
  8. #24
    “Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be.”
  1. #25
    “I am thee and thou art me and all of one is the other.”
  2. #26
    “How little we know of what there is to know.”
  3. #27
    “It could not be worse,′ Passini said respectfully. “There is nothing worse than war.”
    “Defeat is worse.”
    “I do not believe it,” Passini said still respectfully. “What is defeat? You go home.”
  4. #28
    “Discipline must come from trust and confidence.”
  5. #29
    “To understand is to forgive.”
  6. #30
    “Heresy is the foe of countenance.”
  7. #31
    “Now for every one there should be some one to whom one can speak frankly, for all the valor that one could have one becomes very alone.”
  8. #32
    “Never think that war, no matter how necessary nor how justified, is not a crime. Ask the infantry and ask the dead.”
  1. #33
    “Everything you have is to give.”
  2. #34
    “I suppose if a man has something once, always something of it remains.”
  3. #35
    “I had an inheritance from my father,
    It was the moon and the sun.
    And though I roam all over the world,
    The spending of it’s never done.”
  4. #36
    “The world is a fine place and worth fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.”
  5. #37
    “No one should be alone in their old age, he thought.”
  6. #38
    “I may not be as stong as I think, but I know many tricks and I have resolution.”
  7. #39
    “Why do old men wake so early? Is it to have one longer day?”
  8. #40
    “Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.”
  1. #41
    “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.”
  2. #42
    “Why, darling, I don’t live at all when I’m not with you.”
  3. #43
    “I’m not brave any more darling. I’m all broken. They’ve broken me.”
  4. #44
    “If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.”
  5. #45
    “He was just a coward and that was the worst luck any many could have.”
  6. #46
    “Your blood coagulates beautifully.”
  7. #47
    “He did not care for the lying at first. He hated it. Then later he had come to like it. It was part of being an insider but it was a very corrupting business.”
  8. #48
    ″[T]he night can be a dreadful time for lonely people once their loneliness has started.”
  1. #49
    “You will be good to me, won’t you? . . . Because we’re going to have a strange life.”
  2. #50
    “I felt very lonely when they were all there.”
  3. #51
    “There’s no one thing that’s true. It’s all true.”
  4. #52
    “The questioners had that beautiful detachment and devotion to stern justice of men dealing in death without being in any danger of it.”
  5. #53
    “There isn’t any me. I’m you. Don’t make up a separate me.”
  6. #54
    “We won’t quarrel, baby. I love you too much. But don’t be a fool.”
  7. #55
    “The way to make people trust-worthy is to trust them.”
  8. #56
    “So now do not worry, take what you have, and do your work and you will have a long life and a very merry one.”
  9. #57
    “No, that is the great fallacy, the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.”
  10. #58
    “I love you enough now. What do you want to do? Ruin me?”
    “Yes. I want to ruin you.”
    “Good,” I said. “That’s what I want too.”
  11. #59
    “When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve.”
  12. #60
    “But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”
  13. #61
    “They were beaten to start with. They were beaten when they took them from their farms and put them in the army.”
  14. #62
    “The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”
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