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12 Ernest Hemingway Quotes That Will Inspire You to Live Boldly

Ernest Hemingway, writer and adventurer extraordinaire, is best known for the words he put in his famous novels, but he has plenty of short, sweet quotes that also make good reading.

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Bet you didn’t know Hemingway came up with this

“Courage is grace under pressure.” Do you know who really said these 13 quotes that are constantly misattributed?


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Don’t know till you try

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

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Don’t just live, live well

“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.”

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Write what you know

“In order to write about life first you must live it.” He has a good point. Check out these other motivational quotes that inspire you to go after your goals.

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A moving quote

“Never mistake motion for action.”

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What doesn’t kill you

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward some are strong at the broken places.” Though his books can be downers, these Hemingway quotes are pretty positive, like these other optimistic quotes to help you see the glass half full.

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True nobility

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

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Travel buddies

“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” And Hemingway traveled a lot! Get a look at the spots where he and other famous authors produced their best work.

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A farewell to arms

“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.” These Hemingway quotes show that he believed himself a man of peace—read some other moving quotes about peace.

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The value of reading

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

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Liquid courage

“I drink to make other people more interesting.” Judging from these Hemingway quotes, Ernest would definitely appreciate these bar jokes everyone should know.

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Let it out

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Love Hemingway? Check out these fascinating facts about him and 9 of your other favorite authors.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest