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Ernest Hemingway

Dark-haired man in light colored short-sleeved shirt working on a typewriter at a table on which sits an open book
Hemingway working on his bookFor Whom the Bell Tollsat the Sun Valley Lodge, Idaho, in December 1939

Born

July 21, 1899 Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.

Died

July 2, 1961 Ketchum, Idaho, U.S.

Notable awards

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Nobel Prize in Literature

Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American journalist, novelist, short-story writer, and noted sportsman. His economical and understated style—which he termed the iceberg theory—had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his adventurous lifestyle and his public image brought him admiration from later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short-story collections, and two non-fiction works. Three of his novels, four short-story collections, and three non-fiction works were published posthumously. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature.

Hemingway was raised in Oak Park, Illinois. After high school, he reported for a few months for The Kansas City Star before leaving for the Italian Front to enlist as an ambulance driver in World War I. In 1918, he was seriously wounded and returned home. His wartime experiences formed the basis for his novel A Farewell to Arms .

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All our words from loose using have lost their edge. - Ernest Hemingway

All our words from loose using have lost their edge.

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Critics are men who sit and watch a battle from a high place and come down to shoot the survivors. - Ernest Hemingway

Critics are men who sit and watch a battle from a high place and come down to shoot the survivors.

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Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age. - Ernest Hemingway

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

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Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over. - Ernest Hemingway

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.

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Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture. - Ernest Hemingway

Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture.

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Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter's honor. - Ernest Hemingway

Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter's honor.

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The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. - Ernest Hemingway

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

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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. - Ernest Hemingway

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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For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can. - Ernest Hemingway

For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.

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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. - Ernest Hemingway

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.

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It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way. - Ernest Hemingway

It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.

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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. - Ernest Hemingway

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.

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Courage is grace under pressure. - Ernest Hemingway

Courage is grace under pressure.

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There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it. - Ernest Hemingway

There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.

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Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth. - Ernest Hemingway

Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth.

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

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

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