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20 Of The Best Ernest Hemingway Quotes

20 Of The Best Ernest Hemingway Quotes

Happy Hemingway Days! Held in the middle of July in Key West, Florida, the annual Hemingway Days honors the island’s most notable literary figure and resident, Ernest Hemingway. Events include a Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest, a three-day marlin tournament, and the “Running of the Bulls” featuring Hemingway look-alikes and manmade bulls parading down Key West’s Duval Street. To celebrate Hemingway Days, here are 20 of the best Ernest Hemingway quotes.

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

The Hemingway House in Key West, Florida, where he lived between 1931 and 1939 and wrote To Have and Have Not.

2. “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”

3. “The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.”

4. “There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

5. “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.”

Photo credit: Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.

6. “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”

7. “I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?”

8. “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”

9. “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

10. “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”

11. “The first draft of anything is shit.”

12. “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.”

13. “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

14. “I drink to make other people more interesting.”

15. “All thinking men are atheists.”

16. “Courage is grace under pressure.”

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

18. “But man is not made for defeat,” he said. “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”

19. “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.”

20. “you can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.”

Related: Learn about Ernest Hemingway in Paris.


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