"Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt, use it-don't cheat with it."

Ernest Hemingway

More quotes by Ernest Hemingway

  • "As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand."

  • "The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed."

  • "Never confuse movement with action."

  • "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."

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

  • "You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person died for no reason."

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

  • "If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But 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."

  • "Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime."

  • "Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready."

  • "All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer."

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

  • "I drink to make other people more interesting."

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

  • "The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places."

  • "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut."

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • "Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough."

  • "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."

  • "Courage is grace under pressure."

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