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100 F Scott Fitzgerald Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Sacrifice by its very nature was arrogant and impersonal; sacrifice should be eternally supercilious. Weep Sacrifice by its very nature was arrogant and impersonal; sacrifice should be eternally supercilious. Weep not for me but for thy children.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: To the wingless a more arresting phenomenon is their dissimilarity in every particular except shape To the wingless a more arresting phenomenon is their dissimilarity in every particular except shape and size.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Similarly we are seldom sorry for those who need and crave our pity--we reserve this Similarly 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
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: The latter was considered a good fellow and a fine leader, until a year later, The latter was considered a good fellow and a fine leader, until a year later, when he disappeared with a mess fund of eleven hundred dollars and, like so many leaders, proved exceedingly difficult to follow.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: He strolled out onto the wide, semidark veranda, where couples were scattered at tables, filling He strolled out onto the wide, semidark veranda, where couples were scattered at tables, filling the lantern-hung night with vague words and hazy laughter.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: He knew that Daisy was extraordinary, but he didn't realize just how extraordinary a 'nice' He knew that Daisy was extraordinary, but he didn't realize just how extraordinary a 'nice' girl could be.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: At first I was surprised and confused; then as he lay in his house and At first I was surprised and confused; then as he lay in his house and didn't move or breathe or speak hour upon hour it grew upon me that I was responsible, because no one else was interested
interested, I mean, with that intense personal interest to which everyone has some vague right at the end.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Later she remembered all the hours of the afternoon as happy one of those uneventful Later she remembered all the hours of the afternoon as happy
one of those uneventful times that seem at the moment only a link between past and future pleasure, but turn out to have been the pleasure itself.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: I disapproved of him from beginning to end. First he nodded politely, and then his I disapproved of him from beginning to end. First he nodded politely, and then his face broke into that radiant and understanding smile as if we'd been in ecstatic cahoots on that fact all along.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: The heterogeneous indistinguishable mass of college boys, interested only in love at first sight, ... The heterogeneous indistinguishable mass of college boys, interested only in love at first sight, ...
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: I can never judge a man while he's talking I can never judge a man while he's talking
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: You have to develop a conscience and if on top of that you have talent You have to develop a conscience and if on top of that you have talent so much the better. But if you have talent without conscience, you are just one of many thousand journalists.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Only Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book, was exempt from my Only Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book, was exempt from my reaction
Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn ... No
Gatsby turned out all right in the end; it was what prayed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and the short-winded elations of men.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: In case there's a fire or a flood, or any act of God. In case there's a fire or a flood, or any act of God.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Mostly, we authors must repeat ourselves - that's the truth. We have two or three Mostly, we authors must repeat ourselves - that's the truth. We have two or three great and moving experiences in our lives - experiences so great and moving that it doesn't seem at the time anyone else has been so caught up and so pounded and dazzled and astonished and beaten and broken and rescued and illuminated and rewarded and humbled in just that way ever before.
Then we learn our trade, well or less well, and we tell our two or three stories - each time in a new disguise - maybe ten times, maybe a hundred, as long as people will listen.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: First was a lone cyclist, in a red jersey, toiling intent and confident out of First was a lone cyclist, in a red jersey, toiling intent and confident out of the westering sun, passing to the melody of a high chattering cheer. Then three together in a harlequinade of faded colour, legs caked yellow with dust and sweat, faces expressionless, eyes heavy and endlessly tired.
Tommy faced Dick, saying: 'I think Nicole wants a divorce - I suppose you'll make no obstacles?'
A troupe of fifty more swarmed after the first bicycle racers, strung out over two hundred yards; a few were smiling and self-conscious, a few obviously exhausted, most of them indifferent and weary. A retinue of small boys passed, a few defiant stragglers, a light truck carried the victims of accident and defeat.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: The mouth was wide open and ripped at the corners, as though she had choked The mouth was wide open and ripped at the corners, as though she had choked a little in giving up the tremendous vitality she had stored so long.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Tom. I'd like to Tom. I'd like to
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: But the rest offended her - and inarguably, because it wasn't a gesture but an But the rest offended her - and inarguably, because it wasn't a gesture but an emotion.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: I was too absorbed to be responsive I was too absorbed to be responsive
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Isabelle had walked with an artificial gait at nine and a half, and when her Isabelle had walked with an artificial gait at nine and a half, and when her eyes, wide and starry, proclaimed the ingenue most. Amory was proportionately less deceived. He waited for the mask to drop off, but at the same time he did not question her right to wear it.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure. Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Often people display a curious respect for a man drunk, rather like the respect of 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.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right. Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: The notion originated with Daisy's suggestion that we hire five bath-rooms and take cold baths, The notion originated with Daisy's suggestion that we hire five bath-rooms and take cold baths, and then assumed more tangible form as "a place to have a mint julep." Each of us said over and over that it was a "crazy idea." - we all talked at once to a baffled clerk and thought, or pretended to think, that we were being very funny ...
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: You once liked me, didn't you?, he asked.LIKED you- I LOVED you. Everybody loved you. You once liked me, didn't you?, he asked.
LIKED you- I LOVED you. Everybody loved you. You could've had anybody you wanted for the asking.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: He was handsome then if never before, bound for one of those immortal moments which He was handsome then if never before, bound for one of those immortal moments which come so radiantly that their remembered light is enough to see by for years.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: It is not life that's complicated, it's the struggle to guide and control life. It is not life that's complicated, it's the struggle to guide and control life.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: All things come to him who mates. All things come to him who mates.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: He's so dumb he doesn't know he's alive. He's so dumb he doesn't know he's alive.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: So my first impression, that he was a person of some undefined consequence, had gradually So my first impression, that he was a person of some undefined consequence, had gradually faded and he had become simply the proprietor of an elaborate road-house next door.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: He snatched out his hand desperately as if to snatch only a wisp of air, He snatched out his hand desperately as if to snatch only a wisp of air, to save a fragment of the spot that she had made lovely for him. But it was all going by too fast now for his burred eyes and he knew that he had lost that part of it, the freshest and the best, forever.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: If you don't like nice people, try the ones who aren't nice, and see how If you don't like nice people, try the ones who aren't nice, and see how you like that!
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Still - so many of the important times in life begin by seeming incidental. Still - so many of the important times in life begin by seeming incidental.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Junior writers $300; Minor poets - $500 a week; Broken novelists - $850-1000; One play Junior writers $300; Minor poets - $500 a week; Broken novelists - $850-1000; One play dramatists - $1500; Sucks - $2000. Wits - $2500.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: At this point Jordan and I tried to go, but Tom and Gatsby insisted with At this point Jordan and I tried to go, but Tom and Gatsby insisted with competitive firmness that we remain - as though neither of them had anything to conceal and it would be a privilege to partake vicariously of their emotions.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: I was promoted to be a major, and every Allied government gave me a decoration I was promoted to be a major, and every Allied government gave me a decoration - even Montenegro, little Montenegro down on the Adriatic Sea!
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Dear, don't think of getting out of bed yet. I've always suspected that early rising Dear, don't think of getting out of bed yet. I've always suspected that early rising in early life makes one nervous.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: There was even a recurrent idea in America about an education that would leave out There was even a recurrent idea in America about an education that would leave out history and the past, that should be a sort of equipment for aerial adventure, weighed down by none of the stowaways of inheritance or tradition.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Often a man can play the helpless child in front of a woman, but he Often a man can play the helpless child in front of a woman, but he can almost never bring it off when he feels most like a helpless child.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: The reaction came when he realized the waste and extravagance involved. He somtimes looked back The reaction came when he realized the waste and extravagance involved. He somtimes looked back with awe at the carnivals of affection he had given, as a general might gaze upon a massacre he had ordered to satisfy an impersonal blood lust.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: No, I'm thinking about myself - my black old inside self, the real one, with No, I'm thinking about myself - my black old inside self, the real one, with the fundamental honesty that keeps me from being absolutely wicked by making me realize my own sins.
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F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Amory thought how it was only the past that seemed strange and unbelievable. Amory thought how it was only the past that seemed strange and unbelievable.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: They talk as an English butler might after several years in a Chicago grand-opera company. They talk as an English butler might after several years in a Chicago grand-opera company.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: the silver pepper of the stars. the silver pepper of the stars.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Emotionally, at least, people can't live by taking in each other's washing. Emotionally, at least, people can't live by taking in each other's washing.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known - You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known - and even that is an understatement.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: As long ago as 1860 it was the proper thing to be born at home. As long ago as 1860 it was the proper thing to be born at home. At present, so I am told, the high gods of medicine have decreed that the first cries of the young shall be uttered upon the anesthetic air of a hospital, preferably a fashionable one.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: One autumn night, five years before, they had been walking down the street when the One autumn night, five years before, they had been walking down the street when the leaves were falling, and they came to a place where there were no trees and the sidewalk was white with moonlight. They stopped here and turned toward each other. Now it was a cool night with that mysterious excitement in it which comes at the two changes of the year.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors' eyes
a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby's house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: The grass is full of ghosts tonight.' 'The whole campus is alive with them.' They The grass is full of ghosts tonight.' 'The whole campus is alive with them.' They paused by Little and watched the moon rise, to make silver of the slate roof of Dodd and blue the rustling trees. 'You know,' whispered Tom, 'what we feel now is the sense of all the gorgeous youth that has rioted through here in two hundred years.' ...
And what we leave here is more than class; it's the whole heritage of youth. We're just one generation
we're breaking all the links that seemed to bind us her to top-booted and high-stocked generations. We've walked arm and arm with Burr and Light-Horse Harry Lee through half these deep-blue nights.' 'That's what they are,' Tom tangented off, 'deep-blue
a bit of color would spoil them, make them exotic.' Spries, against a sky that's a promise of dawn, and blue light on the slate roofs
it hurts ... rather
' 'Good-by, Aaron Burr,' Amory called toward deserted Nassau Hall, 'you and I knew strange corners of life.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: He was figuratively following along beside her as she walked the fence, ready to catch He was figuratively following along beside her as she walked the fence, ready to catch her if she should fall.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: You've got an awfully kissable mouth. You've got an awfully kissable mouth.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Love is fragile she was thinking but perhaps the pieces are saved, the things that Love is fragile
she was thinking
but perhaps the pieces are saved, the things that hovered on lips, that might have been said. The new love-words, the tenderness learned, and treasured up for the next lover.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. 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, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we
are. They are different.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: The great rich nation had made triumphant war, suffered enough for poignancy but not enough The great rich nation had made triumphant war, suffered enough for poignancy but not enough for bitterness - hence the carnival, the feasting, the triumph.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Note also in the epilogue that I want to show that Stahr left certain harm Note also in the epilogue that I want to show that Stahr left certain harm behind him just as he left good behind him.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: She was perhaps the delicious inexpressible, once-in-a-century blend She was perhaps the delicious inexpressible, once-in-a-century blend
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Tireless passion, fierce jealousy, longing to possess and crush-these alone were left of all his Tireless passion, fierce jealousy, longing to possess and crush-these alone were left of all his love for Rosalind; these remained to him as payment for the loss of his youth-bitter calomel under the thin sugar of love's exaltation.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: He had reached an age where death no longer has the quality of ghastly surprise He had reached an age where death no longer has the quality of ghastly surprise
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: You said a bad driver is only safe until she met another bad driver? Well, You said a bad driver is only safe until she met another bad driver? Well, I met another bad driver, didn't I? I mean it was careless of me to make such a wrong guess. I thought you were rather an honest, straightforward person. I thought it was your secret pride.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Never befuddle a solitary thrashing with a last annihilation. Never befuddle a solitary thrashing with a last annihilation.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Oh, sleep that dreams, and dream that never tires, press from the petals of the Oh, sleep that dreams, and dream that never tires, press from the petals of the lotus flower something of this to keep, the essence of an hour.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: I'm one of those people who go through the world giving other people thrills but I'm one of those people who go through the world giving other people thrills but getting few myself except those I read into men on nights such as these.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: He was thinking that the young years behind him, hollow and colourful, had been lived He was thinking that the young years behind him, hollow and colourful, had been lived in facile and vacillating cynicism upon the recorded emotions of men long dust.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: All life was weather, a waiting through the hot where events had no significance for All life was weather, a waiting through the hot where events had no significance for the cool that was soft and caressing like a woman's hand on a tired forehead. Down in Georgia there is a feeling - perhaps inarticulate - that this is the greatest wisdom of the South - so after a while the Jelly-bean turned into a poolhall on Jackson Street where he was sure to find a congenial crowd who would make all the old jokes - the ones he knew.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: When a girl feels that she's perfectly groomed and dressed she can forget that part When a girl feels that she's perfectly groomed and dressed she can forget that part of her. That's charm
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: She was dazzling alight; it was agony to comprehend her beauty in a glance. She was dazzling
alight; it was agony to comprehend her beauty in a glance.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: I slunkoff in the direction of the cocktail table - the only place inthe garden I slunk
off in the direction of the cocktail table - the only place in
the garden where a single man could linger without looking
purposeless and alone.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: And courage to me meant ploughing through that dull gray mist that comes down on And courage to me meant ploughing through that dull gray mist that comes down on life
not only overriding people and circumstances but overriding the bleakness of living.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: The Montana sunset lay between the mountains like a giant bruise from which darkened arteries The Montana sunset lay between the mountains like a giant bruise from which darkened arteries spread across a poisoned sky.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: I've noticed that the children of other nations always seem precocious. That's because the strange I've noticed that the children of other nations always seem precocious. That's because the strange manners of their elders have caught our attention most and the children echo those manners enough to seem like their parents.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: I found, moreover, that there was no great literary tradition; there was only the tradition I found, moreover, that there was no great literary tradition; there was only the tradition of the eventful death of every literary tradition ... .
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: When they met again two days later it was Gatsby who was breathless, who was When they met again two days later it was Gatsby who was breathless, who was somehow betrayed. Her porch was bright with the bought luxury of star-shine; the wicker of the settee squeaked fashionably as she turned toward him and he kissed her curious and lovely mouth. She had caught a cold and it made her voice huskier and more charming than ever and Gatsby was overwhelmingly aware of the youth and mystery that wealth imprisons and preserves, of the freshness of many clothes and of Daisy, gleaming like silver, safe and proud above the hot struggles of the poor.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: All good writing is like swimming underwater and holding your breath. All good writing is like swimming underwater and holding your breath.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: BEAUTY: Bogus? What is bogus? THE VOICE: That, too, you will discover in this land. BEAUTY: Bogus? What is bogus? THE VOICE: That, too, you will discover in this land. You will find much that is bogus. Also, you will do much that is bogus.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: It takes two to make an accident. It takes two to make an accident.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: The attitude of the city on his action was of no importance to him, not The attitude of the city on his action was of no importance to him, not because he was going to leave the city, but because any outside attitude on the situation seemed superficial. He was completely indifferent to popular opinion.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Their point of resemblance to each other and their difference from so many American women, Their point of resemblance to each other and their difference from so many American women, lay in the fact that they were all happy to exist in a man's world
they preserved their individuality through men and not by opposition to them. They would all three have made alternatively good courtesans or good wives not by the accident of birth but through the greater accident of finding their man or not finding him.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Beautiful things grow to a certain height and then they fail and fade off, breathing Beautiful things grow to a certain height and then they fail and fade off, breathing out memories as they decay. And just as any period decays in our minds, the things of that period should decay too, and in that way they're preserved for a while in the few hearts like mine that react to them. Trying to preserve a century by keeping its relics up to date is like keeping a dying man alive by stimulants.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: This unlikely story begins on a sea that was a blue dream, as colorful as This unlikely story begins on a sea that was a blue dream, as colorful as blue-silk stockings, and beneath a sky as blue as the irises of children's eyes.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Almost everybody can be imagined as either a cat or a dog. Almost everybody can be imagined as either a cat or a dog.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Was glad that there was beauty in the world that would not be weighed in Was glad that there was beauty in the world that would not be weighed in the scales of the casting department.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Beauty means the scent of roses and then the death of roses Beauty means the scent of roses and then the death of roses
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: How good to have things like this, to be worshipped again, to pretend to have How good to have things like this, to be worshipped again, to pretend to have a mystery!
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: God, am I like the rest after all?" - So he used to think starting God, am I like the rest after all?" - So he used to think starting awake at night - "Am I like the rest?
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: But they were frightened at his survivant will, once a will to live, now become But they were frightened at his survivant will, once a will to live, now become a will to die.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: I may turn out an intellectual, but I'll never write anything but mediocre poetry. I may turn out an intellectual, but I'll never write anything but mediocre poetry.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: She is the most charming person in the world. That's all. I refuse to amplify. She is the most charming person in the world. That's all. I refuse to amplify. Excepting- she's perfect.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Selfish people are in a way terribly capable of great loves. Selfish people are in a way terribly capable of great loves.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her;If you can bounce high, bounce Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her;
If you can bounce high, bounce for her too,
Till she cry Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover,
I must have you!
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: He raised his right hand and with a papal cross he blessed the beach from He raised his right hand and with a papal cross he blessed the beach from the high terrace.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: It makes me sad because I've never seen suchsuch beautiful shirts before. It makes me sad because I've never seen such
such beautiful shirts before.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: The bar is in full swing, and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, The bar is in full swing, and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alivewith chatter and laughter, and casual innuendo and introductions forgotten on the spot, and enthusiastic meetings between women who never knew each other's names.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: Do you think I leapt at this pessimism, grasped it as sweetly smug superior thing. Do you think I leapt at this pessimism, grasped it as sweetly smug superior thing.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God - a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that - and he must be about His Father's Business, the service of a vast, vulgar and meretricious beauty.
F Scott Fitzgerald Sayings: She knew that for her the greatest sin now and in the future was to She knew that for her the greatest sin now and in the future was to delude herself. It had been a long lesson but she had learned it. 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 Sayings: I can do the one hundred things beyond the next thing, but I stub my I can do the one hundred things beyond the next thing, but I stub my toe on that,