F. Scott Fitzgerald Top 10 Quotes


Everyone 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.

F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby, 1925)


The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Crack-Up, 1936)


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, 1934)


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, 1925)


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

F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby, 1925)


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.

F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Beautiful and the Damned, 1922)


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, 1920)


And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer

F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby, 1925)


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

F. Scott Fitzgerald (This Side of Paradise, 1920)


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

F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby - Closing Lines, 1925)

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Biography

Born: September 24, 1896
Died: December 21, 1940

F. Scott Fitzgerald was an American novelist. Known for his highly succesful novel "The Great Gatsby". He is often regarded as one of the prime American writers of the 20th century.

Notable Works

This Side of Paradise (1920)
Tales of the Jazz Age (1922)
The Beautiful and the Damned (1922)
The Great Gatsby (1925)
All the Sad Young Men (1926)
Tender is the Night (1934)
The Last Tycoon (1941)

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