51 Impressionable F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes

Last updated on Sep 23rd, 2023

51 Impressionable F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes

F. Scott Fitzgerald (born September 24, 1896, in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. – died December 21, 1940, Hollywood, California, U.S.), full name Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, was an American short story writer, novelist, and notable member of the Lost Generation.

Fitzgerald finished four novels and wrote dozens of short stories. He is best known for his third novel and masterpiece, The Great Gatsby (1925). Also, he wrote This Side of Paradise (1920), The Beautiful and Damned (1922), and Tender Is the Night (1934). His last unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon, was published posthumously in 1941.

Although his work has inspired many people, Fitzgerald did not receive much critical acclaim until his death. Today, he is widely considered one of the greatest American authors of the 20th century.

We’ve collected the most famous Fitzgerald quotes about love, life, writing, and friendship.

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 Quotes about Literature
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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.Beloved Infidel by Sheilah Graham (1958), (Bantam Book, ed. 1959), Page 196

I don't want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (This Side of Paradise Quotes)
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I don’t want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.This Side of Paradise (1920), (Charels Scribner's Sons, ed. 1948), Book II, Chapter 5, Page 234

Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure. - F. Scott Fitzgerald  (Tender is the Night Quotes)
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Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure.Tender is the Night (1934), (Charels Scribner's Sons, ed. 1962), Book 2, Chapter 11, Page 189

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. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (This Side of Paradise Quotes)
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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.This Side of Paradise (1920), (Charels Scribner's Sons, ed. 1948), Book II, Chapter 5, Page 248

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. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby Quotes)
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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.The Great Gatsby (1925), Chapter 1, Page 1

No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby Quotes about Heart)
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No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.The Great Gatsby (1925), Chapter 5, Page 116

All life is just a progression toward, and then a recession from, one phrase - 'I love you.' - F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Offshore Pirate about Love)
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All life is just a progression toward, and then a recession from, one phrase – ‘I love you.’The Offshore Pirate (May 29, 1920)

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 (The Crack-Up Quotes about Growning Up)
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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.The Crack-Up (New Directions, ed. 1945), The Notebook: E. Epigrams, Wisecracks and Jokes, Page 126

A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain. - F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes about Success
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A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain.Letter to Frances Scott Fitzgerald (November 18, 1938)

Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby Quotes)
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Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.The Great Gatsby (1925), Chapter 9, Page 207

We are seldom sorry for those who need and crave our pity - we reserve this for those who, by other means, make us exercise the abstract function of pity. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tender is the Night Quotes)
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We are seldom sorry for those who need and crave our pity – we reserve this for those who, by other means, make us exercise the abstract function of pity.Tender is the Night (1934), (Charels Scribner's Sons, ed. 1962), Book 1, Chapter 21, Page 105

After all, life hasn't much to offer except youth and I suppose for older people the love of youth in others. - F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes about Life
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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.Letter to Mrs. Richard Taylor (June 10, 1917)

Nothing is as obnoxious as other people's luck. - F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes
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Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck.Letter to Frances Scott Fitzgerald (September 19, 1938)

Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby Quotes about Speech)
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Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again.The Great Gatsby (1925), Chapter 1, Page 11

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby Quotes)
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Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.The Great Gatsby (1925), Chapter 7, Page 142

Either one learns politeness at home or the world teaches it to you with a whip and you may get hurt in the process. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tender is the Night Quotes)
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Either one learns politeness at home or the world teaches it to you with a whip and you may get hurt in the process.Tender is the Night (1934), (Charels Scribner's Sons, ed. 1962), Book 3, Chapter 4, Page 287

If you spend your life sparing people's feelings and feeding their vanity, you get so you can't distinguish what should be respected in them. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tender is the Night Quotes)
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If you spend your life sparing people’s feelings and feeding their vanity, you get so you can’t distinguish what should be respected in them.Tender is the Night (1934), (Charels Scribner's Sons, ed. 1962), Book 2, Chapter 13, Page 201

The sentimental person thinks things will last - the romantic person has a desperate confidence that they won't. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (This Side of Paradise Quotes)
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The sentimental person thinks things will last – the romantic person has a desperate confidence that they won’t.This Side of Paradise (1920), (Charels Scribner's Sons, ed. 1948), Book II, Chapter 3, Page 209

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. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (Babylon Revisited Quotes)
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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.Babylon Revisited (February 21, 1931)

Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby Quotes)
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Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures.The Great Gatsby (1925), Chapter 1, Page 2

Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke. - F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes
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Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.Beloved Infidel by Sheilah Graham (1958), (Bantam Book, ed. 1959), Page 149

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 (The Last Tycoon Quotes)
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I like people and I like them to like me but I wear my heart where God put it – on the inside.The Last Tycoon (1941), (Charels Scribner's Sons, ed. 1941), Chapter I, Page 17

There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby Quotes)
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There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.The Great Gatsby (1925), Chapter 4, Page 96

There are all kinds of love in the world, but never the same love twice. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Sensible Thing Quotes)
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There are all kinds of love in the world, but never the same love twice.The Sensible Thing (July 5, 1924)

Life is much more successfully looked at from a single window. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby Quotes)
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Life is much more successfully looked at from a single window.The Great Gatsby (1925), Chapter 1, Page 5

The world only exists in your eyes - your conception of it. You can make it as big or as small as you want to. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Crack-Up Quotes)
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The world only exists in your eyes – your conception of it. You can make it as big or as small as you want to.The Crack-Up (February, 1936)

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What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Last Tycoon Quotes)
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What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story.The Last Tycoon (1941), (Charels Scribner's Sons, ed. 1941), Chapter V, Page 98

Everybody's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Diamond as Big as the Ritz Quotes)
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Everybody’s youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.The Diamond as Big as the Ritz (June 1922)

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. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Crack-Up Quotes about Boredom)
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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.The Crack-Up (New Directions, ed. 1945), The Notebook: I. Ideas, Page 157

No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there. - F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes
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No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.The Crack-Up (New Directions, ed. 1945), The Notebook: E. Epigrams, Wisecracks and Jokes, Page 123

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. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Crack-Up Quotes about Genius)
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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.The Crack-Up (New Directions, ed. 1945), The Notebook: E. Epigrams, Wisecracks and Jokes, Page 123

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 (The Crack-Up Quotes)
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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.The Crack-Up (New Directions, ed. 1945), The Notebook: O. Observations, Page 208

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. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (Show Mr. and Mrs. F. to Number Quotes)
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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.Show Mr. and Mrs. F. to Number (May-June, 1934)

Optimism is the content of small men in high places. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Crack-Up Quotes about Optimism)
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Optimism is the content of small men in high places.The Crack-Up (New Directions, ed. 1945), The Notebook: E. Epigrams, Wisecracks and Jokes, Page 122

Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy. - F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes
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Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.The Crack-Up (New Directions, ed. 1945), The Notebook: E. Epigrams, Wisecracks and Jokes, Page 122

No such thing as a man willing to be honest - that would be like a blind man willing to see. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Crack-Up Quotes about Honesty)
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No such thing as a man willing to be honest – that would be like a blind man willing to see.The Crack-Up (New Directions, ed. 1945), The Notebook: E. Epigrams, Wisecracks and Jokes, Page 124

You don't write because you want to say something; you write because you've got something to say. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Crack-Up Quotes)
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You don’t write because you want to say something; you write because you’ve got something to say.The Crack-Up (New Directions, ed. 1945), The Notebook: E. Epigrams, Wisecracks and Jokes, Page 123

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 (The Great Gatsby Quotes)
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I hope she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.The Great Gatsby (1925), Chapter 1, Page 21

I like large parties. They're so intimate. At small parties there isn't any privacy. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby Quotes)
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I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.The Great Gatsby (1925), Chapter 3, Page 60

You mustn't confuse a single failure with a final defeat. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tender is the Night Quotes)
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You mustn’t confuse a single failure with a final defeat.Tender is the Night (1934), (Charels Scribner's Sons, ed. 1962), Book 2, Chapter 14, Page 207

All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath. - F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes about Writing
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All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.Undated fragments of letter to his daughter Scottie; in The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald (Charels Scribner's Sons, ed. 1963), Page 101

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 (Tender is the Night Quotes)
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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.Tender is the Night (1934), (Charels Scribner's Sons, ed. 1962), Book 3, Chapter 7, Page 321

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 (Tender is the Night Quotes)
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The strongest guard is placed at the gateway to nothing. Maybe because the condition of emptiness is too shameful to be divulged.Tender is the Night (1934), (Charels Scribner's Sons, ed. 1962), Book 1, Chapter 16, Page 81

Receding from a grief, it seems necessary to retrace the same steps that brought us there. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tender is the Night Quotes)
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Receding from a grief, it seems necessary to retrace the same steps that brought us there.Tender is the Night (1934), (Charels Scribner's Sons, ed. 1962), Book 2, Chapter 11, Page 188

At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide. - F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes
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At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide.Bernice Bobs Her Hair (May 1, 1920) 'Bernice Bobs Her Hair,' Flappers and Philosophers (1920)

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 (The Crack-Up Quotes)
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It is in the thirties that we want friends. In the forties we know they won’t save us any more than love did.The Crack-Up (New Directions, ed. 1945), The Notebook: O. Observations, Page 199

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 (The Last Tycoon Quotes)
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It’s not a slam at you when people are rude – it’s a slam at the people they’ve met before.The Last Tycoon (1941), (Charels Scribner's Sons, ed. 1941), Chapter I, Page 11

The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby Quotes)
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The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun.The Great Gatsby (1925), Chapter 3, Page 48

Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Crack-Up Quotes)
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Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art.The Crack-Up (New Directions, ed. 1945), The Notebook: L. Literary, Page 179

Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat, and that the redeeming things are not 'happiness and pleasure' but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle. - F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes
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Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat, and that the redeeming things are not ‘happiness and pleasure’ but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle.Letter to Frances Scott Fitzgerald (October 5, 1940)

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. - F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby Quotes)
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So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.The Great Gatsby (1925), Chapter 9, Page 218

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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.No source

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First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.Japanese proverb