November 3, 2016

F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes

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

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

“Action is character.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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

“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.”

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

“Faint winds, and far away a fading laughter… And the rain and over the fields a voice calling…”

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

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

“Forgotten is forgiven.”

“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.”

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

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

“He doesn’t believe that public swimming-pools and a kind word in time will right the wrongs of the world; moreover, he takes a drink whenever he feels like it.”

“He stretched his arms to the crystalline, radiant sky. I know myself, he cried, but that is all — “

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

“Jelly-bean is the name throughout the undissolved Confederacy for one who spends his life conjugating the verb to idle in the first person singular — I am idling, I have idled, I will idle.”

“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft, where we are hard, cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand.”

“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.”

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

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

“No decent career was ever founded on a public.”

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

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures.”

“Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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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