Quotations From F. SCOTT FITZGERALD


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  • Men get to be a mixture of the charming mannerisms of the women they have known.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. The Crack-Up, "Notebook G," ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).

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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.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945). Author's full name is Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald.

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  • Eighteen might look at thirty-four through a rising mist of adolescence; but twenty-two would see thirty-eight with discerning clarity.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Tender Is the Night, bk. 2, ch. 19 (1934).
  • There are no second acts in American lives.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. The Last Tycoon, "Hollywood, ETC.," ed. Edmund Wilson (1941).
  • A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Letter (undated) to his daughter, Frances Scott Fitzgerald. The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).

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  • 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 (1896-1940), U.S. author. first published in Esquire (New York, Feb. 1936). The Crack-Up, The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945). Also see Orwell's comment on "contradiction"....

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  • Of all natural forces, vitality is the incommunicable one.... Vitality never "takes." You have it or you haven't it, like health or brown eyes or a baritone voice.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. repr. In The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945). "The Crack-Up," Esquire (1936). Fitzgerald illustrated this view of vitality with a biblical quote. See Bible: New Testament on disciples.
  • Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. The Crack-Up, "Notebook E," ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).

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  • The world, as a rule, does not live on beaches and in country clubs.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Letter (undated) to his daughter Frances Scott Fitzgerald. The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945). Fitzgerald was referring to the life of a writer: "So much writing nowadays suffers both from lack of an attitude and from sheer lack of any material, save what is accumulated in a purely social life."

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  • I am not a great man, but sometimes I think the impersonal and objective equality of my talent and the sacrifices of it, in pieces, to preserve its essential value has some sort of epic grandeur.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Letter, 1940, to his daughter Frances Scott Fitzgerald. The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945). The words "some sort of epic grandeur" were used by Matthew J. Bruccoli as a title for his 1981 biography of Fitzgerald.

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