Ernest Hemingway

Literary Birthday – 21 July – Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was born 21 July 1899, and died  2 July 1961

Ernest Hemingway Quotes

  1. The world breaks everyone … those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.
  2. One cat just leads to another.
  3. We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
  4. My attitude toward punctuation is that it ought to be as conventional as possible. The game of golf would lose a good deal if croquet mallets and billiard cues were allowed on the putting green. You ought to be able to show that you can do it a good deal better than anyone else with the regular tools before you have a license to bring in your own improvements.
  5. You know what makes a good loser? Practice.
  6. Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure only death can stop it.
  7. You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.
  8. It is awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime, but at night it is another thing.
  9. Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
  10. All stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.

27 Gems On Writing From Ernest Hemingway

  1. Start with the simplest things
  2. Boil it down
  3. Know what to leave out
  4. Write the tip of the ice-berg, leave the rest under the water
  5. Watch what happens today
  6. Write what you see
  7. Listen completely
  8. Write when there is something you know, and not before
  9. Look at words as if seeing them for the first time
  10. Use the most conventional punctuation you can
  11. Ditch the dictionary
  12. Distrust adjectives
  13. Learn to write a simple declarative sentence
  14. Tell a story in six words
  15. Write poetry into prose
  16. Read everything so you know what you need to beat
  17. Don’t try to beat Shakespeare
  18. Accept that writing is something you can never do as well as it can be done
  19. Go fishing in summer
  20. Don’t drink when you’re writing
  21. Finish what you start
  22. Don’t worry. You’ve written before and you will write again
  23. Forget posterity. Think only of writing truly
  24. Write as well as you can with no eye on the market
  25. Write clearly – and people will know if you are being true
  26. Just write the truest sentence that you know
  27. Remember that nobody really knows or understands the secret

These 27 tips, suggestions, ideas and writing advice are from Ernest Hemingway On Writing, a selection of material from Hemingway articles, interviews, letters and books. By Joanna Paterson from the article: Confident Writing

Ernest Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His economical style strongly influenced 20th-century fiction. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. He is the author of The Sun Also Rises,  A Farewell To ArmsFor Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man And The Sea. Follow this link to see where Ernest Hemingway slept.

Recommended reads: Between Friends: Writing Advice From Hemingway To Fitzgerald and How Ernest Hemingway Changed The Writing Landscape

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by Amanda Patterson

This article has 2 comments

  1. Anel Olsson

    My absolute favourite male writer of all time. Vaya con Dios, Papa.

  2. Sharifah Raudhah AlQudsy

    It moves me every time looking at his words.

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