Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. 

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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.

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

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

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

You're beautiful like a May fly.

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.

Why should anybody be interested in some old man who was a failure?

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

The shortest answer is doing the thing.

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

Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.

A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

Switzerland is a small steep country much more up and down than sideways and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture.

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.

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.

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

Personal columnists are jackals and no jackal has been known to live on grass once he had learned about meat - no matter who killed the meat for him.

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.

All our words from loose using have lost their edge.

The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency, the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity, both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.

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