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Ernest Hemingway quotes

1899 - 1961, American journalist and author

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
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Never mistake motion for action.
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Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime. 
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I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
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I drink to make other people more interesting.
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My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
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Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend
the functioning of the imagination.
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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.
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There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
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The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.
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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.
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Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
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Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
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All thinking men are atheists.
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All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.
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There is no friend as loyal as a book.
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The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.
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Drinking is a way of ending the day.
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Some people show evil as a great racehorse shows breeding. They have the dignity of a hard
chancre.
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In modern war you will die like a dog for no good reason.
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The shortest answer is doing the thing.
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No weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee
it to be a just one.
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I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?
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The first draft of anything is shit.
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It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.
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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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London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation.
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If a writer stops observing he is finished. Experience is communicated by small details
intimately observed.
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The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.
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There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to
your former self.
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Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the Romance of the
unusual.
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The man who has begun to live more seriously within begins to live more simply without.
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Write drunk. Edit sober.
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No, that is the great fallacy: The wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow
careful.
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When you start to live outside yourself, it's all dangerous.
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You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being
wiped out yourself.
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An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.
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All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.
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