Quotes Corner: Ernest Hemingway

With such plagues as writers block and lack of motivation constantly lurking around every corner, quotes from other writers (who have most likely dealt with these same problems) can be a saving grace of sorts for the rest of us. Hence the reasoning behind the creation of “Quotes Corner.”Certain weeks may be themed (by author), while others may be random.

Writers need inspiration, and need it often. It is my hope that you’ll find some here.

  • “A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.”
  • “All good books have one thing in common – they are truer than if they had really happened.”
  • “A man’s got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.”
  • Courage is grace under pressure.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “I never had to choose a subject – my subject rather chose me.”
  • “If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.”
  • “It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.”
  • “There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention.”

[Were these quotes helpful? Is there anyone you’d like to see here? What inspires you the most? Let me know in the comments.]

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