'The Sun Also Rises' Quotes

Ernest Hemingway's Famous Lost Generation Novel

THE SUN ALSO RISES By Ernest Hemingway
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The Sun Also Rises brought Ernest Hemingway fame and fortune. The novel became one of the most well-known books of the lost generation. The story was largely based on the lives of Hemingway and his friends in Paris following World War I. 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
  • "I thought I had paid for everything. Not like the woman pays and pays and pays. No idea of retribution or punishment. Just exchange of values. You gave something up and got something else. Or you worked for something. You paid some way for everything that was any good."
    - Chapter 14, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
     
  • "Enjoying living was learning to get your money's worth and knowing when you had it."
    - Chapter 14, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
     
  • "That was morality; things that made you disgusted afterward. No, that must be immorality."
    - Chapter 14, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
     
  • "The things that happened could only have happened during a fiesta. Everything became quite unreal finally and it seemed as though nothing could have any consequences. It seemed out of place to think of consequences during the fiesta."
    - Chapter 15, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
     
  • "Tell him that bulls have no balls."
    - Chapter 16, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
     
  • "I hate his damned suffering."
    - Chapter 16, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
     
  • "Oh, darling, please stay by me. Please stay by me and see me through this."
    - Chapter 16, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
     
  • "I don't say it's right. It is right though for me, God knows, I've never felt such a bitch.'"
    - Chapter 16, The Sun Also RisesErnest Hemingway
     
  • "It was not pleasant."
    - Chapter 16, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
     
  • "In bull-fighting they speak of the terrain of the bull and the terrain of the bull-fighter. As long as a bull-fighter stays in his own terrain he is comparatively safe. Each time he enters into the terrain of the bull he is in great danger. Belmonte, in his best days, worked always in the terrain of the bull. This way he gave the sensation of coming tragedy."
    - Chapter 18, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
     
  • "Because he did not look up to ask if it pleased he did it all for himself inside, and it strengthened him, and yet he did it for her, too. But he did not do it for her at any loss to himself."
    - Chapter 18, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
     
  • "That seemed to handle it. That was it. Send a girl off with one man. Introduce her to another to go off with him. Now go and bring her back. And sign the wire with love. That was it all right."
    - Chapter 19, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
     
  • "[T]he end of the line. All trains finish there. They don't go on anywhere."
    - Chapter 19, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
     
  • "You know it makes one feel rather good deciding not to be a bitch."
    - Chapter 19,The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
     
  • "Isn't it pretty to think so?"
    - Chapter 19, The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway