Quotes by F Scott Fitzgerald

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“ It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced--or seemed to face--the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. ”

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“ I'm p-paralyzed with happiness." - She laughed again, as if she said something very witty, and held my hand for a moment, looking up into my face, promising that there was no one in the world she so much wanted to see. That was a way she had. ”

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“ Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds, they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material. ”

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“ It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory. ”

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“ Trouble has no necessary connection with discouragement. Discouragement has a germ of its own, as different from trouble as arthritis is different from a stiff joint. ”

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“ The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. ”

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“ Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat; the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle. ”

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“ Often people display a curious respect for a man drunk, rather like the respect of simple races for the insane... There is something awe-inspiring in one who has lost all inhibitions. ”

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“ All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath. ”

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“ Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero. ”

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“ Genius goes around the world in its youth incessantly apologizing for having large feet. What wonder that later in life it should be inclined to raise those feet too swiftly to fools and bores. ”

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“ The idea that to make a man work you've got to hold gold in front of his eyes is a growth, not an axiom. We've done that for so long that we've forgotten there's any other way. ”

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“ At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide. ”

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“ Some men have a necessity to be mean, as if they were exercising a faculty which they had to partially neglect since early childhood. ”

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“ The compensation of a very early success is a conviction that life is a romantic matter. In the best sense one stays young. ”

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“ No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there. ”

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“ A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain. ”

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“ Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art. ”

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“ In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day. ”

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“ My idea is always to reach my generation. The wise writer writes for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward. ”

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“ I'm a romantic; a sentimental person thinks things will last, a romantic person hopes against hope that they won't. ”

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“ Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues. ”

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“ Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind. ”

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“ When people are taken out of their depths they lose their heads, no matter how charming a bluff they may put up. ”

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“ I've been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library. ”

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“ The world, as a rule, does not live on beaches and in country clubs. ”

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“ After all, life hasn't much to offer except youth, and I suppose for older people, the love of youth in others. ”

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“ It occurred to me that there was no difference between men, in intelligence or race, so profound as the difference between the sick and the well. ”

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“ Her face, the face of a saint, a viking Madonna, shone through the faint motes that snowed across the candlelight, drew down its flush from the wine-colored lanterns in the pine. She was still as still. ”

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“ An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards. ”

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“ Go on, she urged. Lie to me by the moonlight. Do a fabulous story. ”

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“ They were uncertain, resentful, and somewhat ill at ease. This they hid by pretending an elaborate relief at being out of the army, and by assuring each other that military discipline should never again rule their stubborn, liberty-loving wills. Yet, as a matter of fact, they would have felt more at home in a prison than in this newfound and unquestionable freedom. ”

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“ Through this twilight universe Daisy began to move again with the season; suddenly she was again keeping half a dozen dates a day with half a dozen men, and drowsing asleep at dawn with the beads and chiffon of an evening dress tangled among dying orchids on the floor beside her bed. ”

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“ I'll never be a poet,' said Amory as he finished. 'I'm not enough of a sensualist really; there are only a few obvious things that I notice as primarily beautiful: women, spring evenings, music at night, the sea; I don't catch the subtle things like 'silver-snarling trumpets.' I may turn out an intellectual, but I'll never right anything but mediocre poetry. ”

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“ The fruit of youth or of the grape, the transitory magic of the brief passage from darkness to darkness - the old illusion that truth and beauty were in some way entwined." ”

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“ It'd be a good setting to jump overboard,' said Dick mildly.'Wouldn't it?' agreed Nicole hastily. 'Let's borrow life-preservers and jump over. I think we should do something spectacular. I feel that all our lives have been too restrained." ”

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“ I disapproved of him from beginning to end. First he nodded politely, and then his face broke into that radiant and understanding smile as if we'd been in ecstatic cahoots on that fact all along." ”

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“ After marriage came elation, and then, gradually, the growth of weariness. Responsibility descended upon Merlin, the responsibility of making his thirty dollars a week and her twenty suffice to keep them respectably fat and to hide with decent garments the evidence that they were." ”

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“ But with every word she was drawing further and further into herself, so he gave that up, and only the dead dream fought on as the afternoon slipped away, trying to touch what was no longer tangible, struggling unhappily, undespairingly, toward that lost voice across the room." ”

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“ As we passed over the dark bridge her wan face fell lazily against my coat's shoulder and the formidable stroke of thirty died away with the reassuring pressure of her hand." ”

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“ When a man is tired of life on his 21st birthday it indicates that he is rather tired of something in himself. ”

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“ Thirty--the promise of a decade of loneliness, a thinning list of single men to know, a thinning brief-case of enthusiasm, thinning hair. ”

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“ I think they're very attractive,' Abe agreed. 'I just don't think they're attractive, that's all. ”

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“ Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over. ”

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“ Life plays the same lovely and agonizing joke on all of us. ”

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“ There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice. ”

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“ Then a strange thing happened. She turned to him and smiled, and as he saw her smile every rag of anger and hurt vanity dropped form him - as though his very moods were but the outer ripples of her own, as though emotion rose no longer in his breast unless she saw fit to pull an omnipotent controlling thread. ”

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“ Amory wondered how people could fail to notice that he was a boy marked for glory, and when faces of the throng turned toward him and ambiguous eyes stared into his, he assumed the most romantic of expressions and walked on the air cushions that lie on the asphalts of fourteen... ”

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“ First, he realized that the sea was blue and that there was an enormous quantity of it, and that it roared and roared-really all the banalities about the ocean that one could realize, but if any one had told him then that these things were banalities, he would have gaped in wonder. ”

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“ Of all natural forces, vitality is the incommunicable one. . . . Vitality never "takes." You have it or you haven't it, like health or brown eyes or a baritone voice. ”

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“ To be kind is more important than to be right. Many times, what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks but a special heart that listens. ”

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“ I love her, and that's the beginning and end of everything. ”

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“ No such thing as a man willing to be honest - that would be like a blind man willing to see. ”

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“ The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American. ”

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“ I guess I'm the Black Death,' he said slowly. 'I don't seem to bring people happiness any more. ”

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“ ...I am slow-thinking and full of interior rules that act as brakes on my desires.... ”

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“ Her grey, sun-strained eyes stared straight ahead, but she had deliberately shifted our relations, and for a moment I thought I loved her. But I am slow-thinking and full of interior rules that act as brakes on my desires, and I knew that first I had to get myself definitely out of that tangle back home. ”

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“ A stirring warmth flowed from her, as if her heart was trying to come out to you concealed in one of those breathless, thrilling words. ”

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“ And in the end, we were all just humans...Drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness. ”

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“ Her body calculated to a millimeter to suggest a bud yet guarantee a flower. ”

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“ Once one is caught up into the material world not one person in ten thousand finds the time to form literary taste, to examine the validity of philosophic concepts for himself, or to form what, for lack of a better phrase, I might call the wise and tragic sense of life. ”

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“ Never miss a party...good for the nerves--like celery. ”

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“ Celibacy goes deeper than the flesh. ”

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“ Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right. ”

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“ I was enjoying myself now. I had taken two finger bowls of champagne and the scene had changed before my eyes into something significant, elemental and profound. ”

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“ Men get to be a mixture of the charming mannerisms of the women they have known. ”

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“ Everybody's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness. ”

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“ They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered. ”

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“ Human sympathy has its limits, and we were contented to let all their tragic arguments fade with the city lights behind. ”

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“ He did not understand all he had heard, but from his clandestine glimpse into the privacy of these two, with all the world that his short experience could conceive of at their feet, he had gathered that life for everybody was a struggle, sometimes magnificent from a distance, but always difficult and surprisingly simple and a little sad. ”

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“ Scratch a Yale man with both hands and you'll be lucky to find a coast-guard. Usually you find nothing at all. ”

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“ The men--the undergraduates of Yale and Princeton are cleaner, healthier, better-looking, better dressed, wealthier and more attractive than any undergraduate body in the country. ”

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“ Here's to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life. ”

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“ Only remember west of the Mississippi it's a little more look, see, act. A little less rationalize, comment, talk. ”

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“ I love this simply because it's cute, and I guess it's a sign of the times in many respect. It's pretty much saying you complete me, only in the sweetest way possible. ”

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“ His was a great sin who first invented consciousness. Let us lose it for a few hours. ”

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“ Intelligence is measured by a person's ability to see validity within both sides of contradicting arguments. ”

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“ That familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. ”

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“ So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight. ”

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“ Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had. ”

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“ So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. ”

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“ I hate dainty minds,' answered Marjorie. 'But a girl has to be dainty in person. If she looks like a million dollars she can talk about Russia, ping-pong, or the League of Nations and get away with it. ”

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“ I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all--Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life. ”

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“ He talked a lot about the past, and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy. His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could once return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was .... ”

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“ Yet high over the city our line of yellow windows must have contributed their share of human secrecy to the casual watcher in the darkening streets, and I was him too, looking up and wondering. I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life. ”

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“ that voice was a deathless song. ”

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“ Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. ”

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“ He was so terrible that he was no longer terrible, only dehumanized. ”

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“ Most people think everybody feels about them much more violently than they actually do; they think other people's opinions of them swing through great arcs of approval or disapproval. ”

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“ At any rate, let us love for a while, for a year or so, you and me. That's a form of divine drunkenness that we can all try. There are only diamonds in the whole world, diamonds and perhaps the shabby gift of disillusion. ”

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“ Once I thought that Lake Forest was the most glamorous place in the world. Maybe it was. ”

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“ Riches have never fascinated me, unless combined with the greatest charm or distinction. ”

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“ I thought of Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy's dock. He had come a long way to this lawn and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him. [- Nick Carroway] ”

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“ She was feeling the pressure of the world outside and she wanted to see him and feel his presence beside her and be reassured that she was doing the right thing after all. ”

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“ First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you. ”

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“ You will walk differently alone, dear, through a thicker atmosphere, forcing your way through the shadows of chairs, through the dripping smoke of the funnels. You will feel your own reflection sliding along the eyes of those who look at you. You are no longer insulated; but I suppose you must touch life in order to spring from it. ”

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“ Poetry is either something that lives like fire inside you -- like music to the musician or Marxism to the Communist -- or else it is nothing, an empty, formalized bore around which pedants can endlessly drone their notes and explanations. ”

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“ Isn't Hollywood a dump-in the human sense of the word. A hideous town, pointed up by the insulting gardens of its rich, full of the human spirit at a new low of debasement. ”

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“ How the unforgettable faces of dusk would blend to her, the myriad footsteps, a thousand overtures, would blend to her footsteps; and there would be more drunkenness than wine in the softness of her eyes on his. ”

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“ At fifteen you had the radiance of early morning, at twenty you will begin to have the melancholy brilliance of the moon. ”

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“ Though the Jazz Age continued it became less and less an affair of youth. The sequel was like a children's party taken over by the elders. ”

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“ Books are like brothers. I am an only child. Gatsby [is] my imaginary eldest brother. ”

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“ For years afterwards when Amory thought of Eleanor he seemed still to hear the wind sobbing around him and sending little chills into the places beside his heart. The night when they rode up the slope and watched the cold moon float through the clouds, he lost a further part of him that nothing could restore; and when he lost it he lost also the power of regretting it. ”

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“ From the ruins, lonely and inexplicable as the sphinx, rose the Empire State Building. ”

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“ For a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder. ”

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“ I was within and without. Simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life. ”

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“ Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke. ”

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“ Was it the infinite sadness of her eyes that drew him or the mirror of himself that he found in the gorgeous clarity of her mind? ”

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“ The first lights of the evening were springing into pale existence. The Ferris wheel, pricked out now in lights, revolved leisurely through the dusk; a few empty cars of the roller coaster rattled overhead. ”

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“ New York had all the iridescence of the beginning of the world. The returning troops marched up Fifth Avenue and girls were instinctively drawn East and North toward them - this was the greatest nation and there was gala in the air. ”

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“ Boredom is not an end-product, is comparatively rather an early stage in life and art. You've got to go by or past or through boredom, as through a filter, before the clear product emerges. ”

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“ Joan Crawford is doubtless the best example of the flapper, the girl you see in smart night clubs, gowned to the apex of sophistication, toying iced glasses with a remote, faintly bitter expression, dancing deliciously, laughing a great deal, with wide, hurt eyes. Young things with a talent for living. ”

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“ God knows what you've been doing, everything you've been doing. You may fool me, but you can't fool God! ”

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“ Forgotten is forgiven. ”

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“ The rhythm of the weekend, with its birth, its planned gaiety, and its announced end, followed the rhythm of life and was a substitute for it. ”

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“ Take off that darn fur coat!...Or maybe you'd like to have us open all the windows. ”

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“ Wine gave a sort of gallantry to their own failure. ”

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“ Intermittently she caught the gist of his sentences and supplied the rest from her subconscious, as one picks up the striking of a clock in the middle with only the rhythm of the first uncounted strokes lingering in the mind. ”

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“ I learned a little of beauty - enough to know that it had nothing to do with truth - and I found, moreover, that there was no great literary tradition; there was only the tradition of the eventful death of every literary tradition. ”

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“ He looked at her the way all women want to be looked at by a man. ”

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“ And lastly from that period I remember riding in a taxi one afternoon between very tall buildings under a mauve and rosy sky; I began to bawl because I had everything I wanted and knew I would never be so happy again. ”

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“ It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living. ”

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“ Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy. ”

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“ When the first-rate author wants an exquisite heroine or a lovely morning, he finds that all the superlatives have been worn shoddy by his inferiors. It should be a rule that bad writers must start with plain heroines and ordinary mornings, and, if they are able, work up to something better. ”

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“ He's a bootlegger....One time he killed a man who found out that he was nephew to Von Hindenburg and second cousin to the devil. ”

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“ I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known. ”

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“ For awhile after you quit Keats all other poetry seems to be only whistling or humming. ”

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“ She was a mischief, and that was a satisfaction; no longer was she a huntress of corralled game ”

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“ Daisy began to sing with the music in a husky, rhythmic whisper, bringing out a meaning in each word that it had never had before and would never have again. When the melody rose, her voice broke up sweetly, following it, in a way contralto voices have, and each change tipped out a little of her warm human magic upon the air. ”

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“ I love New York on summer afternoons when everyone's away. There's something very sensuous about it - overripe, as if all sorts of funny fruits were going to fall into your hands. ”

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“ Sometimes I think that idlers seem to be a special class for whom nothing can be planned, plead as one will with them - their only contribution to the human family is to warm a seat at the common table. ”

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“ Then he kissed her. At his lips' touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete. ”

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“ It appears that every man's insomnia is as different from his neighbours as are their daytime hopes and aspirations. ”

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“ This unlikely story begins on a sea that was a blue dream, as colorful as blue-silk stockings, and beneath a sky as blue as the irises of children's eyes. ”

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“ It's a great advantage not to drink among hard-drinking people. You can hold your tongue, and, moreover, you can time any little irregularity of your own so that everybody else is so blind that they don't see or care. ”

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“ There was a kindliness about intoxication - there was that indescribable gloss and glamour it gave, like the memories of ephemeral and faded evenings. ”

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“ I have asked a lot of my emotions-one hundred and twenty stories. The price was high, right up with Kipling, because there was one little drop of something, not blood, not a tear, not my seed, but me more intimately than these, in every story, it was the extra I had. Now it has gone and I am just like you now. ”

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“ Her philosophy is carpe diem for herself and laissez faire for others. ”

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“ They're a rotten crowd', I shouted across the lawn. 'You're worth the whole damn bunch put together. ”

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“ Gold? Yellow, glittering, precious gold?... This yellow slave Will knit and break religions, bless th' accursed, Make the hoar leprosy adored, place thieves, And give them title, knee and approbation With senators on the bench. ”

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“ Someday I'm going to find somebody and love him and love him and never let him go. ”

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“ Lie to me by the moonlight. Do a fabulous story. ”

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“ I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others--young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life. ”

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“ It's a mining town in lotus land. ”

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“ If I knew words enough, I could write the longest love letter in the world and never get tired ”

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“ It was dawn now on Long Island and we went about opening the rest of the windows downstairs, filling the house with gray-turning, gold-turning light. The Shadow of a tree fell abruptly across the dew and ghostly birds began to sing among the blue leaves. There was a slow, pleasant movement in the air, scarcely a wind, promising a cool, lovely day. ”

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“ The faces of most American women over thirty are relief maps of petulant and bewildered unhappiness. ”

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“ Happiness, remarked Maury Noble one day, is only the first hour after the alleviation of some especially intense misery. ”

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“ If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that registered earthquakes ten thousand miles away. ”

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“ We must leave this terrifying place to-morrow and go searching for sunshine. ”

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“ In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars. ”

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“ He snatched the book from me and replaced it hastily on its shelf, muttering that if one brick was removed the whole library was liable to collapse. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ my imagination persisted in sticking horrors into the dark- so I stuck my imagination into the dark instead, and let it look out at me. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Premature success gives one an almost mystical conception of destiny as opposed to will power-at its worst the Napoleonic delusion. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ New friends can often have a better time together than old friends. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ You're not sorry to go, of course. With people like us our home is where we are not... No one person in the world is necessary to you or to me. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Your first most typical figure in any new place turns out to be a bluff or a local nuisance. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Nothing is as obnoxious as other people's luck. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ the cracked plate has to be retained in the pantry, has to be kept in service as a household necessity. It can never be warmed on the stove nor shuffled with the other plates in the dishpan; it will not be brought out for company but it will do to hold crackers late at night or to go into the ice-box with the left overs. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ In a few days I'll have lived one score and three days in this vale of tears. On I plod-always bored, often drunk, doing no penance for my faults-rather do I become more tolerant of myself from day to day, hardening my crystal heart with blasphemous humor and shunning only toothpicks, pathos, and poverty as being the three unforgivable things in life. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ There's no beauty without poignancy and there's no poignancy without the feeling that it's going, men, names, books, houses--bound for dust--mortal-- ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I've given parties that have made Indian rajahs green with envy. I've had prima donnas break $10,000 engagements to come to my smallest dinners. When you were still playing button back in Ohio, I entertained on a cruising trip that was so much fun that I had to sink my yacht to make my guests go home. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ You know I'm old in some ways-in others-well, I'm just a little girl. I like sunshine and pretty things and cheerfulness-and I dread responsibility. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ In short, you have only your emotions to sell. This is the experience of all writers. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ She wanted to exist only as a conscious flower, prolonging and preserving herself ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Think how you love me,' she whispered. 'I don't ask you to love me always like this, but I ask you to remember.' You'll always be like this to me.' Oh no; but promise me you'll remember.' Her tears were falling. 'I'll be different, but somewhere lost inside me there'll always be the person I am tonight. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I hope you live a life you're proud of. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ They were stars on this stage, each playing to an audience of two: the passion of their pretense created the actuality. Here, finally, was the quintessence of self-expression-- yet it was probable that for the most part their love expressed Gloria rather than Anthony. He felt often like a scarecly tolerated guest at a party she was giving. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ It isn't given to us to know those rare moments when people are wide open and the lightest touch can wither or heal. A moment too late and we can never reach them any more in this world. They will not be cured by our most efficacious drugs or slain with our sharpest swords. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Life was a damned muddle - a football game with everyone offside and the referee gotten rid of - everyone claiming the referee would have been on his side. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The kiss originated when the first male reptile licked the first female reptile, implying in a subtle way that she was as succulent as the small reptile he had for dinner the night before. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ She was a dark, unenduring little flower - yet he thought he detected in her some quality of spiritual reticence, of strength drawn from her passive acceptance of all things. In this he was mistaken. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Rosemary felt that this swim would become the typical one of her life, the one that would always pop up in her memory at the mention of swimming. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ It's not a slam at you when people are rude, it's a slam at the people they've met before. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The strongest guard is placed at the gateway to nothing. Maybe because the condition of emptiness is too shameful to be divulged. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Girls like you are responsible for all the tiresome colorless marriages; all those ghastly inefficiencies that pass as feminine qualities. What a blow it must be when a man with imagination marries the beautiful bundle of clothes that he's been building ideals around, and finds that she's just a weak, whining, cowardly mass of affectations! ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ It was testimony to the romantic speculation he inspired that there were whispers about him from those who had found little that it was necessary to whisper about in this world. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I don't think he was ever happy unless someone was in love with him, responding to him like filings to a magnet, helping him to explain himself, promising him something. What it was I do not know. Perhaps they promised that there would always be women in the world who would spend their brightest, freshest, rarest hours to nurse and protect that superiority he cherished in his heart. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The sheath that held her soul had assumed significance - that was all. She was a sun, radiant, growing, gathering light and storing it - then after an eternity pouring it forth in a glance, the fragment of a sentence, to that part of him that cherished all beauty and all illusion. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The soft rush of taxis by him, and laughter, laughters hoarse as a crow's, incessant and loud, with the rumble of the subways underneath - and over all, the revolutions of light, the growings and recedings of light - light dividing like pearls - forming and reforming in glittering bars and circles and monstrous grotesque figures cut amazingly on the sky. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ A lonesome town, though. He who had grown up alone had lately learned to avoid solitude. During the past several months he had been careful, when he had no engagement for the evening, to hurry to one of his clubs and find someone. Oh there was a loneliness here-- ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Something bright and alien flashed across the sky... and for a moment people set down their glasses in country clubs and speakeasies and thought of their old best dreams. Maybe there was a way out by flying, maybe our restless blood could find frontiers in the illimitable air. But by that time we were all pretty well committed; and the Jazz Age continued; we would all have one more. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ He thinks himself rather an exceptional young man, thoroughly sophisticated, well adjusted to his environment, and somewhat more significant than any one else he knows. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Rather nice night, after all. Stars are out and everything. Exceptionally tasty assortment of them. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Aristocracy's only an admission that certain traits which we call fine - courage and honor and beauty and all that sort of thing - can best be developed in a favorable environment, where you don't have the warpings of ignorance and necessity. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Courage is a sort of insistence on the value of life and the worth of transient things. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ And courage to me meant ploughing through that dull gray mist that comes down on life--not only overriding people and circumstances but overriding the bleakness of living. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I found something! Courage--just that; courage as a rule of life and something to cling to always. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ A man who was aware that there could be no honor and yet had honor, who knew the sophistry of courage and yet was brave. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Dishonesty in a woman is a thing you never blame deeply. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Character is plot, plot is character. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ There was not a moving up into vacated places; there was simply an anachronistic staying on between a vanishing past and an incalculable future. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I detest these underdone men, he thought coldly. Boiled looking! Ought to be shoved back in the oven; just one more minute would do it. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ But an inferior talent can only be graceful when it's carrying inferior ideas. And the more narrowly you can look at a thing the more entertaining you can be about it. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ It's only when the settlement work has gone on for months that one realizes how bad things are. As our secretary said to me, your finger-nails never seem dirty until you wash your hands. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ What'll we do with ourselves this afternoon? And the day after that, and the next thirty years? ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ You've got an awfully kissable mouth. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ By God, I may be old-fashioned in my ideas, but women run around too much these days to suit me. They meet all kinds of crazy fish. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ This selfishness is not only part of me. It is the most living part.It is somehow transcending rather than by avoiding that selfishness that I can bring poise and balance into my life. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ For what it's worth: it's never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you're proud of, and if you find you're not, I hope you have the strength to start over again. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ So he tasted the deep pain that is reserved only for the strong, just as he had tasted for a little while the deep happiness. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Things are sweeter when they're lost. I know--because once I wanted something and got it. It was the only thing I ever wanted badly, Dot, and when I got it it turned to dust in my hand. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ He desired her and, so far as her virginal emotions went, she contemplated a surrender with equanimity. Yet she knew she would forget him half an hour after she left him - like an actor kissed in a picture. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The victor belongs to the spoils. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ You're three or four different men but each of them out in the open. Like all Americans. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Deep in his heart, he wondered if he was after all worse than this man or the next. He knew that he could sophisticate himself finally into saying that his own weakness was just the result of circumstances and environment; that often when he raged at himself as an egotist something would whisper ingratiatingly: "No. Genius! ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ It was touching to see them together - it made you laugh in a hushed, fascinated way. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I want you to lie to me just as sweetly as you know how for the rest of my life. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ They had spent a year in France for no particular reason, and then drifted here and there unrestfully wherever people played polo and were rich together. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Ah," she cried, "you look so cool." Their eyes met, and they stared together at each other, alone in space. With an effort she glanced down at the table.You always look so cool," she repeated.She had told him that she loved him, and Tom Buchanan saw. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it's these things I'd believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn't all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ January, the Monday of months.... ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ C'mon, Amory. Your romance is overYou don't know how true you spoke. No idea. 'At's the whole trouble ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I avoided writers very carefully because they can perpetuate trouble as no one else can. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I'm not sentimental--I'm as romantic as you are. The idea, you know,is that the sentimental person thinks things will last--the romanticperson has a desperate confidence that they won't. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ All I think of ever is that I love you. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I wasn't actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ There is something awe-inspiring in one who has lost all inhibitions, who will do anything. Of course we make him pay afterward for his moment of superiority, his moment of impressiveness. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Later she remembered all the hours of the afternoon as happy -- one of those uneventful times that seem at the moment only a link between past and future pleasure, but turn out to have been the pleasure itself. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Yet how bored they both looked, and how wearily Ethel regarded Jim sometimes, as if she wondered why she had trained the vines of her affection on such a wind-shaken poplar. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ It is invariably saddening to look through new eyes at things upon which you have expended your own powers of adjustment. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Well, let it pass, he thought; April is over, April is over. There are all kinds of love in the world, but never the same love twice. --The Sensible Thing ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Selfish people are in a way terribly capable of great loves. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ France was a land, England was a people, but America, having about it still that quality of the idea, was harder to utter - it was the graves at Shiloh and the tired, drawn, nervous faces of its great men, and the country boys dying in the Argonne for a phrase that was empty before their bodies withered. It was a willingness of the heart. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The easiest way to get a reputation is to go outside the fold, shout around for a few years as a violent atheist or a dangerous radical, and then crawl back to the shelter. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Grown up, and that is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Amory took to writing poetry on spring afternoons, in the gardens of the big estates near Princeton, while swans made effective atmosphere in the artificial pools, and slow clouds sailed harmoniously above the willow. May came too soon, and suddenly unable to bear walls, he wandered the campus at all hours through starlight and rain. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The unwelcome November rain had perversely stolen the day's last hour and pawned it with that ancient fence, the night. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Sometimes I wish I'd went through those good times stone cold sober so I could remember everything," he said, "but then again, if I had been sober the times probably wouldn't have been worth remembering. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ You can stroke people with words. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Very strong personalities must confine themselves in mutual conversation to very gentle subjects. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Then I grew up, and the beauty of succulent illusions fell away from me. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Switzerland is a country where very few things begin, but many things end. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ But I always felt that I'd rather be provincial hot-tamale than soup without seasoning. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Every act of life, from the morning toothbrush to the friend at dinner, became an effort. I hated the night when I couldn't sleep and I hated the day because it went toward night. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ She wouldn't let go of the letter. She took it into the tub with her and squeezed it up in a wet ball, and only let me leave it in the soap dish when she saw that it was coming to pieces like snow. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ An unread book is just a block of paper. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ For a while these reveries provided an outlet for his imagination; they were a satisfactory hint of the unreality of reality, a promise that the rock of the world was founded securely on a fairy's wing. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Well, I can't describe her exactly-except to say that she was beautiful. She was-tremendously alive. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Don't forget who you are and where you come from. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ then, as though it had been waiting on a near by roof for their arrival, the moon came slanting suddenly through the vines and turned the girl's face the color of white roses. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The history of my life is the history of the struggle between an overwhelming urge to write and a combination of circumstances bent on keeping me from it. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ he used to think that he wanted to be good, he wanted to be kind, he wanted to be brave and wise, but it was all pretty difficult. He wanted to be loved, too, if he could fit it in. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ There are no second acts in American lives. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ To a profound pessimist about life, being in danger is not depressing. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ It is in the thirties that we want friends. In the forties we know they won't save us any more than love did. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. No, she wasn't beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul. She is beautiful. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Suddenly she realized that what she was regretting was not the lost past but the lost future, not what had not been but what would never be. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever knownҀ”and even that is an understatement. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Courage to me means ploughing through that dull gray mist that comes down on life-not only overriding people and circumstances but overriding the bleakness of living. A sort of insistence on the value of life and the worth of transient things...My courage is faith-faith in the eternal resilience of me-that joy'll come back, and hope and spontaneity. And I feel that till it does, I've got to keep my lips shut and my chin high, and my eyes wide ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ So we'll just let things take their course, and never be sorry. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The world only exists in your eyes. You can make it as big or as small as you want ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Great books write themselves, only bad books have to be written. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ You have a place in my heart no one else ever could have. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Either you think, or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ You are mysterious, I love you. You're beautiful, intelligent, and virtuous, and that's the rarest known combination. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The loneliest moment in someone's life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther... ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I never blame failure - there are too many complicated situations in life - but I am absolutely merciless toward lack of effort. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad things that happened to me. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Now he realized the truth: that sacrifice was no purchase of freedom. It was like a great elective office, it was like an inheritance of power - to certain people at certain times an essential luxury, carrying with it not a guarantee but a responsibility, not a security but an infinite risk. Its very momentum might drag him down to ruin - the passing of the emotional wave that made it possible might leave the one who made it high and dry forever on an island of despair...Sacrifice by its very nature was arrogant and impersonal; sacrifice should be eternally supercilious. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning-fork that had been struck upon a star. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Don't say 'wife.' I'm your mistress. Wife's such an ugly word. Your 'permanent mistress' is so much more tangible and desirableҀ¦ . ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced--or seemed to face--the whole eternal world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey. ”

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“ Her fine high forehead sloped gently up to where her hair, bordering it like an armorial shield, burst into lovelocks and waves and curlicues of ash blonde and gold. Her eyes were bright, big, clear, wet and shining, the colour of her cheeks was real, breaking close to the surface from the strong young pump of her heart. Her body hovered delicately on the last edge of childhood -- she was almost eighteen, nearly complete, but the dew was still on her. ”

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“ Mostly, we authors must repeat ourselves - that's the truth. We have two or three great and moving experiences in our lives - experiences so great and moving that it doesn't seem at the time anyone else has been so caught up and so pounded and dazzled and astonished and beaten and broken and rescued and illuminated and rewarded and humbled in just that way ever before. Then we learn our trade, well or less well, and we tell our two or three stories - each time in a new disguise - maybe ten times, maybe a hundred, as long as people will listen. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ He had no plans, no definite intentions, except to kiss her lips again, to hold her in his arms. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ A love affair is like a short story--it has a beginning, a middle, and an end. The beginning was easy, the middle might drag, invaded by commonplace, but the end, instead of being decisive and well knit with that element of revelatory surprise as a well-written story should be, it usually dissipated in a succession of messy and humiliating anticlimaxes. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I'm not sure what I'll do, butҀ” well, I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Before you criticize others, remember, they may not have had the same opportunities in life as you have had ”

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“ She saw him the first day on board, and then her heart sank into her shoes as she realized at last how much she wanted him. No matter what his past was, no matter what he had done. Which was not to say that she would ever let him know, but only that he moved her chemically more than anyone she had ever met, that all other men seemed pale beside him. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I shall go on shining as a brilliantly meaningless figure in a meaningless world. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Well, you never knew exactly how much space you occupied in people's lives. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Life is a comedy for those who think and a tragedy for those who feel. Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ A woman should be able to kiss a man beautifully and romantically without any desire to be either his wife or his mistress. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Don't let yourself feel worthless: often through life you will really be at your worst when you seem to think best of yourself; and don't worry about losing your "personality," as you persist in calling it: at fifteen you had the radiance of early morning, at twenty you will begin to have the melancholy brilliance of the moon, and when you are my age you will give out, as I do, the genial golden warmth of 4 p.m. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ We all have souls of different ages ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ No matter how low you go, there's always an unexplored basement. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Actually that's my secret Ҁ” I can't even talk about you to anybody because I don't want any more people to know how wonderful you are. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The ability to hold two competing thoughts in one's mind and still be able to function is the mark of a superior mind ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mindҀ¦ ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Ernest [Hemmingway] was always ready to lend a helping hand to the one on the rung above him. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I don't want just words. If that's all you have for me, you'd better go ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice and I'll tell you a story. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ My latest tendency is to collapse about 11:00 and with the tears flowing from my eyes or the gin rising to their level and leaking over, and tell interested friends or acquaintances that I haven't a friend in the world and likewise care for nobody.... ”

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“ The truth was that for some months he had been going through that partitioning of the things of youth wherein it is decided whether or not to die for what one no longer believes. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ ...the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. This philosophy fitted on to my early adult life, when I saw the improbable, the implausible, often the "impossible," come true. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Life is so damned hard, so damned hard... It just hurts people and hurts people, until finally it hurts them so that they can't be hurt ever any more. That's the last and worst thing it does. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ She was overstrained with grief and loneliness: almost any shoulder would have done as well. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Tired, tired with nothing, tired with everything, tired with the world's weight he had never chosen to bear. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I talk with the authority of failure - Ernest with the authority of success. We could never sit across the same table again. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I hope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Do you ever wait for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always wait for the longest day of the year and then miss it! ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ His dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The sign of intelligence is the ability to carry opposed thoughts at the same time. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart where God put it, on the inside. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ She smiled at him, making sure that the smile gathered up everything inside her and directed it toward him, making him a profound promise of herself for so little, for the beat of a response, the assurance of a complimentary vibration in him. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I felt that I wanted the world to be in uniform and at a sort of moral attention forever; I wanted no more riotous excursions with privileged glimpses into the human heart. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Never confuse activity with action. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ One should . . . be able to see things as hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I began to realize that for two years my life had been a drawing on resources that I did not possess, that I had been mortgaging myself physically and spiritually up to the hilt. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ This is what I think now: that the natural state of the sentient adult is a qualified unhappiness. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I won't kiss you. It might get to be a habit and I can't get rid of habits. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I'm a cynical idealist. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ There was one of his lonelinesses coming, one of those times when he walked the streets or sat, aimless and depressed, biting a pencil at his desk. It was a self-absorption with no comfort, a demand for expression with no outlet, a sense of time rushing by, ceaselessly and wastefully - assuaged only by that conviction that there was nothing to waste, because all efforts and attainments were equally valueless. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ That was always my experience-a poor boy in a rich town; a poor boy in a rich boy's school; a poor boy in a rich man's club at Princeton .... However, I have never been able to forgive the rich for being rich, and it has colored my entire life and works. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ To write it, it took three months; to conceive it three minutes; to collect the data in it all my life. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Nothing any good isn't hard. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Writers aren't people exactly. Or, if they're any good, they're a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ How strange to have failed as a social creatureҀ”even criminals do not fail that wayҀ”they are the law's "Loyal Opposition," so to speak. But the insane are always mere guests on earth, eternal strangers carrying around broken decalogues that they cannot read. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The rich are different from us. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ When he buys his ties he has to ask if gin will make them run. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Experience is the name so many people give to their mistakes. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ She wanted to crawl into his pocket and be safe forever. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Action is character. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I suppose books mean more than people to me anyway ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ One thin's sure and nothing's surer The rich get richer and the poor get Ҁ” children. In the meantime, In between time... ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Ours was a generation grown up to find all gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken" -- ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ He must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream. He must have looked up at an unfamiliar sky through frightening leaves and shivered as he found what a grotesque thing a rose is and how raw the sunlight was upon the scarcely created grass. A new world, material without being real, where poor ghosts, breathing dreams like air, drifted fortuitously about...like that ashen, fantastic figure gliding toward him through the amorphous trees. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ i'm a slave to my emotions, to my likes, to my hatred of boredom, to most of my desires ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ And I like large parties. They're so intimate. At small parties there isn't any privacy. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Can't repeat the past?Ҁ¦Why of course you can! ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The greatest profound pain is cased by, and is the result of our own illusions, fantasies and dreams. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I want to die violently instead of fading out sentimentally. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I like France, where everybody thinks he's Napoleon--down here everybody thinks he's Christ. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ No one should live beyond 30 ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ My generation of radicals and breakers-down never found anything to take the place of the old virtues of work and courage and the old graces of courtesy and politeness. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ He had possessed the arrogance of a tall member of a short race, with no obligation save to be tall. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ She smiled, a moving childish smile that was like all the lost youth in the world. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ A writer's temperament is continually making him do things he can never repair. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I am tired of knowing nothing and being reminded of it all the time. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ America is a willingness of the heart. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ She had an air of seeming to wait, as if for a man to get through with something more important than herself, a battle or an operation, during which he must not be hurried or interfered with. When the man had finished she would be waiting, without fret or impatience, somewhere on a highstool, turning the pages of a newspaper. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ The hangover became a part of the day as well allowed-for as the Spanish siesta. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Hard to sit here and be close to you, and not kiss you. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ It is not merely enough to have the ability to be persistant, you must also have the ability to start over. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Having once found the intensity of art, nothing else that can happen in life can ever again seem as important as the creative process. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ A man's social rank is determined by the amount of bread he eats in a sandwich. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ If you are strong enough, there are no precedents. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ I simply state that I'm a product of a versatile mind in a restless generation-with every reason to throw my mind and pen in with the radicals. Even if, deep in my heart, I thought we were all blind atoms in a world as limited as a stroke of a pendulum, I and my sort would struggle against tradition; try, at least, to displace old cants with new ones. I've thought I was right about life at various times, but faith is difficult. One thing I know. If living isn't seeking for the grail it may be a damned amusing game. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Never befuddle a solitary thrashing with a last annihilation. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Beauty is only to be admired, only to be loved - to be harvested carefully and then flung at a chosen lover like a gift of roses. It seems to me, so far as I can judge clearly at all, that my beauty would be used like that... ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ When I'm with you, I don't breathe quite right. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ i'm in a muddle about a lot of things -- i've just discovered that i've a mind, and i'm starting to read" "read what?" "everything. i have to pick and choose, of course, but mostly things that make me think. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ How different it all was from what you'd planned. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)

“ Any person with any imagination is bound to be afraid. ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Source: SoberSides.com)