30 Ernest Hemingway Quotes Too Profound for Their Own Good

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These Ernest Hemingway Quotes Really Put Life Into Perspective

As far as writers go, Ernest Hemingway is the cream of the crop. There's a reason we studied him so intensely in grade school. Anyone with eyes could see why.

Having quite the way with words, it's only fitting we share some of the best Ernest Hemingway quotes of all time.

Whether you need a pick-me-up or want to be reminded of how brilliant this man is, you'll find a quote that hits close to home on this list. Read through them now!

Best Ernest Hemingway Quotes

  • "There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self."

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

  • "The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them."

  • "Courage is grace under pressure."

  • "I said that I did not believe anyone could write any way except the very best he could write without destroying his talent."

  • "It is good to have an end to the journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end."

  • "The shortest answer is doing the thing."

  • "You can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another."

  • "The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, forgetting that you are special, too."

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

Inspiring Ernest Hemingway Quotes

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

  • "Never go on trips with anyone you do not love."

  • "The fun of talk is to explore."

  • "The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it."

  • "An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools."

  • "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."

  • "Live the full life of the mind—exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual."

  • "The world breaks everyone, and afterwards, some are strong at the broken places."

  • "Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know."

  • "All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know."

Motivating Ernest Hemingway Quotes

  • "You are so brave and quiet, I forget you are suffering."

  • "Stop chasing the wrong one. The right one won't run."

  • "But life isn't hard to manage when you've nothing to lose."

  • "When you stop doing things for fun, you might as well be dead."

  • "When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen."

  • "If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything."

  • "Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you quit, try."

  • "All things truly wicked start from innocence."

  • "Never confuse movement with action."

  • "There is no friend as loyal as a book."

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