11 Ernest Hemingway Quotes to Inspire Your Blogging and Writing

Even if you weren’t an English major in college there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of Ernest Hemingway. In fact, there’s a very good chance that you read one of his works in high school. The Old Man and the Sea, anyone?

If you haven’t read anything by him, you can pretty much grab his essence/writing style from this clip of Midnight in Paris:

Hemingway was a very prolific writer and journalist who won both a Pulitzer and Nobel Prize for his work. His sparse, clean, no-bullshit, prose definitely influenced literary trends of 20th century fiction.

In fact, as more blogs strive to cut through the fluff and report what matters, Hemingway’s crisp style could certainly influence our own work. He lived and wrote during a very different time period, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t provide a little insight into our own writing, blogging, and content marketing efforts. (Though not social networking. I don’t think he’d be a fan of social media).

So without further ado, here are 11 Hemingway quotes to remember while you write.

On article tone…


On finding blog topics…


On starting…


On the writing process…


On why heightened language and keyword stuffing blows…


On why you shouldn’t publish the first thing you write…


Try the Rule of 24.

On writing a new post when the last one only got 2 tweets…


On writing a new post after the last one got 900 tweets…


On news-jacking when it’s completely outside of your niche…


On the phrases “guru,” “ROI,” “SEO,” or “go viral”…


And if all else fails…


Which of these quotes was your favorite? Any Hemingway quotes that you would add to the list?

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All quotes were found on Brainy Quote and Goodreads. Picture of Ernest Hemingway is from Wikimedia Commons.

Mandy Kilinskis

Mandy is proud to be a part of QLP’s content team. A self-professed nerd, her interests include video games, sitcoms, superhero movies, iPods and iPhones but never Macs, and shockingly, writing. Her claims to fame are: owning over forty pairs of Chuck Taylor All Stars, offering spot-on coffee advice, and knowing an unbelievable amount of Disney Princess facts. You can connect with Mandy on


  1. Rachel

    Love this, Mandy! I’ve never been a huge fan of Hemingway’s writing, although to be fair I haven’t read anything of his since college. In any case, he has really inspiring things to say about the craft! I like that these fit so well with blogging/marketing, too.

  2. jingle Writer

    Hemingway’s advice on not publishing the first thing you write is certainly worth remembering. I also really like that you included the clip from Midnight in Paris, I thought that it was a fantastic film with a unique story. Most of what I know about Hemingway has come from brief articles like this one and what I have learned from my fiancee (she was an English major). He certainly was someone that I would have liked to talk to.

  3. jmw123

    Hemingway did not say write drunk edit sober, though that is often attributed to him. He was profoundly against writing drunk and said he could tell the very place Faulkner started drinking in his work.

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