Birthday Special: Six Ernest Hemingway Quotes That Prove, He Had His Way With Words

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Ernest Hemingway, the most beloved and celebrated writer of the 20th century was born on 21 July 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. He lived his life king sized, wearing valor on his sleeves. Adorning an adventurous heart, he went where the winds took him. He traveled the world and conquered hearts with his words. A Nobel Laureate in Literature (1954), his revered works have a special place in history with the wisdom of his words and their relevance still holding up. He was an extraordinary man with bravado, passion, and insanity concocted in just the right proportions to make a perfect recipe for an even more extraordinary life led by him.

His words continue to inspire and create magic. Here are 6 wonderful Ernest Hemingway quotes:

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

Writing could not be described in a truer sense. After all, writing is bleeding the most incandescent colors and life into white blank sheets and turning them into art. Hemingway’s stories come across as pure truth experienced first-hand and not mere fabrications twisted in lies. Turning the first drafts into published works requires discipline, self-criticism, brutal honesty, and some sweat and blood. It is not easy but when was easy ever fun?

“Courage is grace under pressure.”

Life is not an easy ride. It will often throw you on the railway track with your hands and feet tied and the train closing on to you at 120 km/h. Have a little faith, be bold, smack bundles of positivity on the face of life but most importantly do all of that with uber elegance. Handle any pressure with grace, so that you can call it courage.

“But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”

Ernest’s words are simple yet so powerful. These words have their home within the pages of his most successful work, ‘The Old Man and the Sea’. It has become a mighty force to inspire people to continue in the face of struggles in life, fighting against fate and winning against any odds.

“The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.” – For whom the bell tolls

With all its fallacies and deeply scarred humanity, that loses its true identity a little bit every day, the world is still worth saving and fighting for. If he believed it, so can we. Let’s make it a better place for ourselves and for others.

“Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know.” – A Moveable Feast

There is an evil beast that haunts the writers and steals their talent. Writers’ block can devour anyone, anytime. Ernest Hemingway gives the simplest advice to all the writers who find themselves cloaked in the darkness; void of imagination, creativity, and ability to give life to words. He also ushers them towards the light of truth and honesty.

“The world breaks everyone 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.” – A Farewell to Arms

Sooner or later, everyone has to reach their final destination. So, lets brave the big bad world with courage and kindness. Even if it breaks us, let it, so that we can mend ourselves over and over again. After all, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. And when it arrives to kill us, we will become the martyrs reaching our destination a little early, a little broken but with style and in love.

Tanya Mishra

Author: Tanya Mishra

I am m majoring in economics from Delhi University. I’m an army brat. A pro at packing and moving. I absolutely love reading books of any genre. Always ready for some poetry, music, and art. I love traveling, seeing new places and meeting new people.