Ernest Hemingway

(21 July 1899 - 2 July 1961 / Oak Park, Illinois)

Ernest Hemingway Quotes

  • ''When you give power to an executive you do not know who will be filling that position when the time of crisis comes.''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. repr. In By-Line Ernest Hemingway, ed. William White (1967). "Notes on the Next War: A Serious Topical Letter," Esquire (New York, September 1935).
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  • ''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.''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. repr. In By-Line Ernest Hemingway, ed. William White (1967). "Notes on the Next War: A Serious Topical Letter," Esquire (New York, September 1935).
  • ''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.''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. repr. In By-Line Ernest Hemingway, ed. William White (1967). "Old Newsman Writes: A Letter from Cuba," Esquire (New York, Dec. 1934).
  • ''Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones.''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Letter, January 5-6, 1932. Published in Selected Letters, ed. Carlos Baker (1981).
  • ''Never confuse movement with action.''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. quoted by Marlene Dietrich in Papa Hemingway, pt. 1, ch. 1, A.E. Hotchner (1966 edition). "In those five words," Dietrich added, "he gave me a whole philosophy."
  • ''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.''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. quoted in A.E. Hotchner, Papa Hemingway, pt. 2, ch. 5 (1966).
  • ''Only one marriage I regret. I remember after I got that marriage license I went across from the license bureau to a bar for a drink. The bartender said, "What will you have, sir?" And I said, "A glass of hemlock."''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. quoted in A.E. Hotchner, Papa Hemingway, pt. 2, ch. 5 (1966 edition).
  • ''Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. quoted in A.E. Hotchner, Papa Hemingway, pt. 1, ch. 3 (1966).
  • ''You write a book like that that you're fond of over the years, then you see that happen to it, it's like pissing in your father's beer.''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Quoted in A.E. Hotchner, Papa Hemingway, 1966 edition (1966). Hemingway made this remark after seeing David O. Selznick's remake of A Farewell to Arms (1957).
  • ''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.''
    Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. Quoted in Morley Callaghan, That Summer in Paris, ch. 13 (1963).

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Best Poem of Ernest Hemingway

Advice To A Son

Never trust a white man,
Never kill a Jew,
Never sign a contract,
Never rent a pew.
Don't enlist in armies;
Nor marry many wives;
Never write for magazines;
Never scratch your hives.
Always put paper on the seat,
Don't believe in wars,
Keep yourself both clean and neat,
Never marry whores.
Never pay a blackmailer,
Never go to law,
Never trust a publisher,
Or you'll sleep on straw.
All your friends will leave you
All your friends will die
So lead a clean and wholesome life
And join them in the sky.

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Along With Youth

A porcupine skin,
Stiff with bad tanning,
It must have ended somewhere.
Stuffed horned owl
Pompous
Yellow eyed;
Chuck-wills-widow on a biased twig
Sooted with dust.
Piles of old magazines,

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