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Unforgettable Quotes by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896, and named after his ancestor Francis Scott Key, the writer of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Fitzgerald was raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. Though an intelligent child. Many of these events from Fitzgerald’s early life appear in his most famous novel, The Great Gatsby, published in 1925. Like Fitzgerald, Nick Carraway is a thoughtful young man from Minnesota, Scott started his education from Catholic schools in 1903. Since early age Scott developed a reputation of being a boy with unusual aptitude and keen interest in literature. On 21st December 1940 Fitzgerald died of a massive heart attack. His work has inspired writers ever since he was first published. T.S Eliot, one of the most important and admired poet of 20th century. Checkout the most unforgettable F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes

  • Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art.
  • All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
  • “Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy.”
  • 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.
  • At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide
  • Only remember west of the Mississippi it’s a little more look, see, act. A little less rationalize, comment, talk.
  • First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.
  • Switzerland is a country where very few things begin, but many things end.
    What’ll we do with ourselves this afternoon? And the day after that, and the next thirty years?
  • Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.
  • 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
  • A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain .
  • Action is character.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.
  • Everybody’s youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.
  • 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.
  • Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.
  • His was a great sin who first invented consciousness. Let us lose it for a few hours.
  • Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
  • Family quarrels are bitter things.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Men get to be a mixture of the charming mannerisms of the women they have known.
  • Her body calculated to a millimeter to suggest a bud yet guarantee a flower.
  • No decent career was ever founded on a public.
  • Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck.
  • An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.
  • Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures.
  • No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there
  • You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.
  • In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o’clock in the morning, day after day .
  • Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I’ve been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library.
  • 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.
    Forgotten is forgiven.
  • “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
    “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”
  • There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.
  • The compensation of a very early success is a conviction that life is a romantic matter. In the best sense one stays young.
  • It is in the thirties that we want friends. In the forties we know they won’t save us any more than love did.
  • No such thing as a man willing to be honest – that would be like a blind man willing to see.
  • Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again.
  • I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart where God put it, on the inside.
  • The victor belongs to the spoils.
    I’m a romantic; a sentimental person thinks things will last, a romantic person hopes against hope that they won’t.
  • 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.
  • When people are taken out of their depths they lose their heads, no matter how charming a bluff they may put up.
  • After all, life hasn’t much to offer except youth, and I suppose for older people, the love of youth in others
  • For awhile after you quit Keats all other poetry seems to be only whistling or humming.
  • d It’s not a slam at you when people are rude, it’s a slam at the people they’ve met before.
  • 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.
  • To write it, it took three months; to conceive it three minutes; to collect the data in it all my life.
  • To a profound pessimist about life, being in danger is not depressing.
  • A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big.
  • You can stroke people with words.
  • Some men have a necessity to be mean, as if they were exercising a faculty which they had to partially neglect since early childhood.
  • Riches have never fascinated me, unless combined with the greatest charm or distinction.
  • 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.
  • The faces of most American women over thirty are relief maps of petulant and bewildered unhappiness.
  • 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.
  • Riches have never fascinated me, unless combined with the greatest charm or distinction.
  • 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.
  • The world, as a rule, does not live on beaches and in country clubs.


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