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'The Sun Also Rises' Quotes

Ernest Hemingway's Famous Lost Generation Novel

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THE SUN ALSO RISES By Ernest Hemingway
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The Sun Also Rises brought Ernest Hemingway fame and fortune. The novel also came to be representative of the lost generation of writers. Here are a few quotes from this famous book by Ernest Hemingway.
  • "You are all a lost generation."
    - Epigraph, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

  • "I rather liked him and evidently she led him quite a life."
    - Chapter 1, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

  • "'Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bull-fighters.'"
    - Chapter 2, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

  • "He had a hard, Jewish, stubborn streak."
    - Chapter 2, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

  • "'Listen, Robert, going to another country doesn't make any difference. I've tried all that. You can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another. There's nothing to that.'"
    - Chapter 2, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

  • "This was Brett that I had felt like crying about. Then I thought of her walking up the street and stepping into the car, as I had last seen her, and of course in a little while I felt like hell again. It is awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime, but at night is another thing."
    - Chapter 4, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

  • "You're not a moron. You're only a case of arrested development."
    - Chapter 6, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

  • "Don't have scenes with your young ladies. Try not to. Because you can't have scenes without crying, and then you pity yourself so much you can't remember what the other person's said."
    - Chapter 6, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

  • "We all ought to make sacrifices for literature. Look at me. I'm going to England without a protest. All for literature."
    - Chapter 6, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

  • "[S]he took great pride in telling me which of my guests were well brought up, which were of good family, who were sportsmen, a French word pronounced with the accent on the men. The only trouble was that people who did not fall into any of those three categories were very liable to be told there was no one home, chez Barnes."
    - Chapter 7, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

  • "This wine is too good for toast-drinking, my dear. You don't want to mix emotions up with a wine like that. You lose the taste."
    - Chapter 7, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

  • "That is the secret. You must get to know the values."
    - Chapter 7, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

  • "Simple exchange of values. You give them money. They give you a stuffed dog."
    - Chapter 8, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

  • "I was a little ashamed, and regretted that I was such a rotten Catholic, but realized there was nothing I could do about it, at least for a while, and maybe never, but that anyway it was a grand religion, and I only wished I felt religious and maybe I would the next time."
    - Chapter 10, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

  • "I have never seen a man in civil life as nervous as Robert Cohn--nor as eager. I was enjoying it. It was lousy to enjoy it, but I felt lousy. Cohn had a wonderful quality of bringing out the worst in anybody."
    - Chapter 10, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

  • "I was blind, unforgivingly jealous of what had happened to him. The fact that I took it as a matter of course did not alter that any. I certainly did hate him."
    - Chapter 10, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

  • "You're an expatriate. You've lost touch with the soil. You get precious. Fake European standards have ruined you. You drink yourself to death. You become obsessed by sex. You spend all your time talking, not working. You are an expatriate, see. You hang around cafés."
    - Chapter 12, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

  • "For one who had aficion he could forgive anything. At once he forgave me all my friends. Without his ever saying anything they were simply a little something shameful between us, like the spilling open of the horses in bull-fighting."
    - Chapter 13, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

  • "They're only dangerous when they're alone, or only two or three of them together."
    - Chapter 13, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

  • "They only want to kill when they're alone. Of course, if you went in there you'd probably detach one of them from the herd, and he'd be dangerous."
    - Chapter 13, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

  • "It was like certain dinners I remember from the war. There was much wine, an ignored tension, and a feeling of things coming that you could not prevent happening. Under the wine I lost the disgusted feeling and was happy. It seemed they were all such nice people."
    - Chapter 13, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

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