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51 Impressionable F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes

Last updated on Sep 23rd, 2019

51 Impressionable F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes

F. Scott Fitzgerald, in full Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, (born September 24, 1896, St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. – died December 21, 1940, Hollywood, California, U.S.) was an American short story writer, novelist, and a 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 and unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon, was published posthumously in 1941.

Although his work has inspired many people since he was first published, 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.

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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)
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I don’t want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.'Book Two, Chapter 5. The Egotist Becomes a Personage,' This Side of Paradise (1920)
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Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure.'Book II, Chapter XI,' Tender is the Night (1934)
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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.'Book Two, Chapter 5. The Egotist Becomes a Personage,' This Side of Paradise (1920)
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.'Chapter 1,' The Great Gatsby (1925)
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No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.'Chapter 5,' The Great Gatsby (1925)
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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)
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Growing 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 Notebook, E. Epigrams, Wisecracks and Jokes,' The Crack-Up (1945)
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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.'Chapter 9,' The Great Gatsby (1925)
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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.'Book I, Chapter XXI,' Tender is the Night (1934)
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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)
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Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck.Letter to Frances Scott Fitzgerald (September 19, 1938)
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Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again.'Chapter 1,' The Great Gatsby (1925)
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.'Chapter 7,' The Great Gatsby (1925)
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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.'Book III, Chapter IV,' Tender is the Night (1934)
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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.'Book II, Chapter XIII,' Tender is the Night (1934)
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The sentimental person thinks things will last — the romantic person has a desperate confidence that they won’t.'Book Two, Chapter 3. Young Irony,' This Side of Paradise (1920)
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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.'Chapter 1,' The Great Gatsby (1925)
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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)
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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.'Chapter I' The Last Tycoon (1941)
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There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.'Chapter 4,' The Great Gatsby (1925)
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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.'Chapter 1,' The Great Gatsby (1925)
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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 (1945)
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What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story.'Chapter 15' The Last Tycoon (1941)
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Everybody’s youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.The Diamond as Big as the Ritz (June 1922)
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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 Notebook, I. Ideas,' The Crack-Up (1945)
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 Notebook, E. Epigrams, Wisecracks and Jokes,' The Crack-Up (1945)
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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 Notebook, E. Epigrams, Wisecracks and Jokes,' The Crack-Up (1945)
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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 Notebook, O. Observations,' The Crack-Up (1945)
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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' The Crack-Up (1945)
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Optimism is the content of small men in high places.'The Notebook, E. Epigrams, Wisecracks and Jokes,' The Crack-Up (1945)
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 Notebook, E. Epigrams, Wisecracks and Jokes,' The Crack-Up (1945)
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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 Notebook, E. Epigrams, Wisecracks and Jokes,' The Crack-Up (1945)
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You don’t write because you want to say something; you write because you’ve got something to say.'The Notebook, E. Epigrams, Wisecracks and Jokes,' The Crack-Up (1945)
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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.'Chapter 1,' The Great Gatsby (1925)
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I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.'Chapter 3,' The Great Gatsby (1925)
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.'Book II, Chapter XIV,' Tender is the Night (1934)
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All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.Undated fragments of letter to his daughter Scottie
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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.'Book III, Chapter VII,' Tender is the Night (1934)
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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.'Book I, Chapter XVI,' Tender is the Night (1934)
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Receding from a grief, it seems necessary to retrace the same steps that brought us there.'Book II, Chapter XI,' Tender is the Night (1934)
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)
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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 Notebook, O. Observations,' The Crack-Up (1945)
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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.'Chapter I,' The Last Tycoon (1941)
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The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun.'Chapter 3,' The Great Gatsby (1925)
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Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art.'The Notebook, L. Literary,' The Crack-Up (1945)
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)
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So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.'Chapter 9,' The Great Gatsby (1925)

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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