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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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.

Courage is grace under pressure.

Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.

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

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.

Madame all stories if continued far enough end in death and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.

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.

That terrible mood of depression of whether it's any good or not is what is known as The Artist's Reward.

Man is not made for defeat.

There's no one thing that is true. They're all true.

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.

There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention.

When writing a novel a writer should create living people, people not characters. A character is a caricature.

All things truly wicked start from innocence.

Wars are caused by undefended wealth.

To be a successful father... there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid don't look at it for the first two years.

I learned never to empty the well of my writing but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.

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

I don't like to write like God. It is only because you never do it though that the critics think you can't do it.

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.

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