Top 50 Best Inspiring F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes: Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and short-story writer. He was best known for his novels depicting the flamboyance and excess of the Jazz Age—a term which he popularized. During his lifetime, he published four novels, four collections of short stories, and 164 short stories. Although he temporarily achieved popular success and fortune in the 1920s, Fitzgerald only received wide critical and popular acclaim after his death. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.

“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.”r

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

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

“I don't want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.”

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

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

“Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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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“Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope.”

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

“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.”

“Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!”

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

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

“I want to know you moved and breathed in the same world with me.”

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

“You'll find another.' God! Banish the thought. Why don't you tell me that 'if the girl had been worth having she'd have waited for you'? No, sir, the girl really worth having won't wait for anybody.”

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

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

“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.”

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

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

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“There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams -- not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.”

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

“All I kept thinking about, over and over, was 'You can't live forever; you can't live forever.”

“It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard drinking people.”

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

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

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

“No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.”

“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.”

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

“It takes two to make an accident.”

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

“It was always the becoming he dreamed of, never the being.”

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

“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.”

“Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.”

“If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him”

“There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mind…”

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

“There is a moment—Oh, just before the first kiss, a whispered word—something that makes it worth while.”

“...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”

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