100+ Most Famous Ernest Hemingway Quotes

Ernest Miller Hemingway, the Nobel Prize owner (1954) and the Pulitzer Prize owner (1953), was a renowned American novelist, journalist, and short-story writer. In this post, I’ve listed 100+ famous Ernest Hemingway Quotes mainly from The Old Man and the Sea, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Moveable Feast, and The Garden of Eden. Few quotes have been taken from Ernest Hemingway’s other works as well.

Let’s first read 15 much loved Ernest Hemingway quotes from his great work “The Old Man and the Sea”.

15 Renowned Ernest Hemingway Quotes from

The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway Quotes from The Old Man and the Sea

“Luck is a thing that comes in many forms and who can recognize her?” – Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

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

“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.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

“You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and to sell for food, he thought. You killed him for pride and because you are a fisherman. You loved him when he was alive and you loved him after. If you love him, it is not a sin to kill him. Or is it more?” – Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

“But man is not made for defeat,” he said. “A man can be destroyed but not defeated” – Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

“Let him think that I am more man than I am and I will be so.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

“Why do old men wake so early? Is it to have one longer day?” – Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

“I may not be as strong as I think, but I know many tricks and I have resolution.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

“If the others heard me talking out loud they would think that I am crazy. But since I am not, I do not care.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

“It is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or the moon or the stars. It is enough to live on the sea and kill our true brothers.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

“It’s silly not to hope. It’s a sin he thought.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

“Fish,” he said softly, aloud, “I’ll stay with you until I am dead.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

“Why did they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so cruel?” – Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

“I hate a cramp, he thought. It is a treachery of one’s own body.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

“Do not think about sin, he thought. There are enough problems now without sin. Also I have no understanding of it.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

10 popular Ernest Hemingway quotes from

The Sun Also Rises

“You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway Quotes from The Sun Also Rises

“There is no reason why because it is dark you should look at things differently from when it is light.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

“I can’t stand it to think my life is going so fast and I’m not really living it.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

“It is awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime, but at night it is another thing.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

“Don’t you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you’re not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you’ve lived nearly half the time you have to live already?” – Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

“How did you go bankrupt?” Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

“Never fall in love?” “Always,” said the count. “I am always in love.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

“Going to another country doesn’t make any difference. I’ve tried all that. You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. There’s nothing to that.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

“The road to hell is paved with unbought stuffed animals” – Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

“Enjoying living was learning to get your money’s worth and knowing when you had it.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

Top 21 Ernest Hemingway Quotes from

A Farewell to Arms        

“Hell,” I said, “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.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

“The world breaks everyone 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.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

“God knows I had not wanted to fall in love with her. I had not wanted to fall in love with anyone. But God knows I had and I lay on the bed in the room of the hospital in Milan and all sorts of things went through my head but I felt wonderful.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

“Why, darling, I don’t live at all when I’m not with you.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

“I know the night is not the same as the day: that all things are different, that the things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist, and the night can be a dreadful time for lonely people once their loneliness has started.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

“When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

“And you’ll always love me won’t you? Yes. And the rain won’t make any difference? No” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

“I’m not brave any more darling. I’m all broken. They’ve broken me.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

“But life isn’t hard to manage when you’ve nothing to lose.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

“No, that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

“There isn’t any me. I’m you. Don’t make up a separate me.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

“Cowards die a thousand deaths, but the brave only die once.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

Ernest Hemingway Quotes from A Farewell to Arms

“When I saw her I was in love with her. Everything turned over inside of me. She looked toward the door, saw there was no one, then she sat on the side of the bed and leaned over and kissed me.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

“You won’t do our things with another girl, or say the same things, will you?” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

“Oh, darling, you will be good to me, won’t you? Because we’re going to have a strange life.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

“Besides, I’m not jealous. I’m just so in love with you that there isn’t anything else.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

“My life used to be full of everything. Now if you aren’t with me I haven’t a thing in the world.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

“I don’t want to be your friend, baby. I am your friend.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

“I’m not unfaithful, darling. I’ve plenty of faults but I’m very faithful. You’ll be sick of me I’ll be so faithful.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

“You know I don’t love anyone but you. You shouldn’t mind because someone else loved me.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

“I don’t. I don’t want anybody else to touch you. I’m silly. I get furious if they touch you.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

10 Famous Ernest Hemingway Quotes from

A Moveable Feast

“Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary” – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

“They say the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered with better soil and with a higher grade of manure.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

“By then I knew that everything good and bad left an emptiness when it stopped. But if it was bad, the emptiness filled up by itself. If it was good you could only fill it by finding something better.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

“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.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

“Never to go on trips with anyone youdo not love.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

“We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

“I’ve seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

“If the reader prefers, this book may be regarded as fiction. But there is always the chance that such a book of fiction may throw some light on what has been written as fact.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

“Hunger is good discipline.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

10 Great Ernest Hemingway Quotes From

For Whom the Bell Tolls

“There’s no one thing that’s true. It’s all true.” – Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

“For what are we born if not to aid one another?” – Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

“The world is a fine place and worth fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.” – Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

“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.” – Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

“This was a big storm and he might as well enjoy it. It was ruining everything, but you might as well enjoy it” – Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

“I loved you when I saw you today and I loved you always but I never saw you before.” – Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

“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.” – Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

“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.” – Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

“No animal has more liberty than the cat, but it buries the mess it makes. The cat is the best anarchist.” – Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

“Dying was nothing and he had no picture of it nor fear of it in his mind. But living was a field of grain blowing in the wind on the side of a hill. Living was a hawk in the sky. Living was an earthen jar of water in the dust of the threshing with the grain flailed out and the chaff blowing. Living was a horse between your legs and a carbine under one leg and a hill and a valley and a stream with trees along it and the far side of the valley and the hills beyond.” – Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

Top 5 Ernest Hemingway Quotes from

The Garden of Eden

“Remember everything is right until it’s wrong. You’ll know when it’s wrong.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Garden of Eden

“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?” – Ernest Hemingway, The Garden of Eden

“I’m with you. No matter what else you have in your head I’m with you and I love you.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Garden of Eden

I love you and I always will and I am sorry. What a useless word.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Garden of Eden

“When you start to live outside yourself, it’s all dangerous.” – Ernest Hemingway, The Garden of Eden

Ernest Hemingway Quotes on Happiness

“People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Happiness is often presented as being very dull but, he thought, lying awake, that is because dull people are sometimes very happy and intelligent people can and do go around making themselves and everyone else miserable. He had never found happiness dull. It always seemed more exciting than any other thing and capable of as great intensity as sorrow to those people who were capable of having it.” – Ernest Hemingway

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” – Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway quotes true nobility

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

33 More Ernest Hemingway Quotes

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway

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

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

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

“Maybe…you’ll fall in love with me all over again.” – Ernest Hemingway

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Courage is grace under pressure.” – Ernest Hemingway

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

“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.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Never confuse movement with action.” – 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

“The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.” – Ernest Hemingway

“An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.” – Ernest Hemingway

“I didn’t want to kiss you goodbye — that was the trouble — I wanted to kiss you good night — and there’s a lot of difference.” – Ernest Hemingway

“So far, 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.” – Ernest Hemingway

“The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.” – Ernest Hemingway

“All things truly wicked start from innocence.” – Ernest Hemingway

“If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry: Worry never fixes anything. ” – Ernest Hemingway

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway

“No one you love is ever truly lost.” – Ernest Hemingway

“He would lie in the bed and finally, with daylight, he would go to sleep. After all, he said to himself, it is probably only insomnia. Many must have it.” – Ernest Hemingway

“The thing is to become a master and in your old age to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing.” – Ernest Hemingway

“If my Valentine you won’t be, I’ll hang myself on your Christmas tree.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Death is like an old whore in a bar–I’ll buy her a drink but I won’t go upstairs with her” – Ernest Hemingway

“Intelligence is so damn rare and the people who have it often have such a bad time with it that they get bitter or propagandistic and then it’s not much use.” – Ernest Hemingway

“When you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Never sit a table when you can stand at the bar.” – Ernest Hemingway

“If he wrote it, he could get rid of it. He had gotten rid of many things by writing them.” – Ernest Hemingway

“I wish I had died before I ever loved anyone but her.” – Ernest Hemingway

“I try not to borrow, first you borrow then you beg.” – Ernest Hemingway

“There are many who do not know they are fascists but will find it out when the time comes.” – Ernest Hemingway

“There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.” – Ernest Hemingway

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