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Ernest Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms” Quotes (28 Quotes)


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  • He said we were all cooked but we were all right as long as we did not know it. We were all cooked. The thing was not to recognize it. The last country to realize they were cooked would win the war.
    (Ernest Hemingway, "A Farewell to Arms")

  • You know I don't love any one but you. You shouldn't mind because some one else loved me.
    (Ernest Hemingway, "A Farewell to Arms")

  • I had gone to no such place but to the smoke of cafes and nights when the room whirled and you needed to look at the wall to make it stop, nights in bed, drunk, when you knew that that was all there was, and the strange excitement of waking and not knowing who it was with you, and the world all unreal in the dark and so exciting that you must resume again unknowing and not caring in the night, sure that this was all and all and all and not caring.
    (Ernest Hemingway, "A Farewell to Arms")

  • You won't do our things with another girl, or say the same things, will you?
    (Ernest Hemingway, "A Farewell to Arms")

  • I'm not brave any more darling. I'm all broken. They've broken me.
    (Ernest Hemingway, "A Farewell to Arms")


  • Your blood coagulates beautifully.
    (Ernest Hemingway, "A Farewell to Arms")

  • I'm not unfaithful, darling. I've plenty of faults but I'm very faithful. You'll be sick of me I'll be so faithful.
    (Ernest Hemingway, "A Farewell to Arms")

  • You've such a lovely temperature.
    (Ernest Hemingway, "A Farewell to Arms")

  • Keep right on lying to me. That's what I want you to do.
    (Ernest Hemingway, "A Farewell to Arms")

  • No, that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.
    (Ernest Hemingway, "A Farewell to Arms")

  • Now Catherine would die. That was what you did. You died. You did not know what it was about. You never had time to learn. They threw you in and told you the rules and the first time they caught you off base they killed you. Or they killed you gratuitously like Aymo. Or gave you the syphilis like Rinaldi. But they killed you in the end. You could count on that. Stay around and they would kill you.
    (Ernest Hemingway, "A Farewell to Arms")

  • Often a man wishes to be alone and a girl wishes to be alone too and if they love each other they are jealous of that in each other, but I can truly say we never felt that. We could feel alone when we were together, alone against the others. But we were never lonely and never afraid when we were together.
    (Ernest Hemingway, "A Farewell to Arms")

  • A wine shop was open and I went in for some coffee. It smelled of early morning, of swept dust, spoons in coffee-glasses and the wet circles left by wine glasses.
    (Ernest Hemingway, "A Farewell to Arms")

  • The professor at the boxing gymnasium wore mustaches and was very precise and jerky and went all to pieces if you started after him.
    (Ernest Hemingway, "A Farewell to Arms")

  • All thinking men are atheists.
    (Ernest Hemingway, "A Farewell to Arms")


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