Ernest Hemingway

July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961


Place of birth: Illinois, USA
Best thing about him: He is one of the most famous authors of the early 20th-century, while he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.
Most important book: For Whom the Bell Tolls
Interesting fact: In 1921 he moved to Paris, where he met writers such as Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and Ezra Pound who helped built his character and career, with Stein becoming his mentor.

His 18 most inspirational quotes:

1. “Courage is grace under pressure.”

2. “Before you talk: Listen; Before you react: Think; Before you spend: Earn; Before you quit: Try.”

3. “Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth.”

4. “Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now.”

5. “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”

6. “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”


7. “The first draft of anything is shit.”

8 .“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”

9. “There’s no one thing that’s true. It’s all true.”

10. “As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.”

11. “I drink to make other people more interesting.”

12. “In order to write about life first you must live it.”

13. “Never to go on trips with anyone you do not love.”

14. “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”

15. “But life isn’t hard to manage when you’ve nothing to lose.”

16. “The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it.”

17. “Never confuse movement with action.”

18. “The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.”