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Quotations From ZELDA FITZGERALD

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  • 1.
    I don't want to live—I want to love first, and live incidentally.
    Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948), U.S. writer, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Letter, March 1919, to F. Scott Fitzgerald. quoted in Zelda, pt. 1, ch. 4, Nancy Milford (1970).

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  • 2.
    I wish I could write a beautiful book to break those hearts that are soon to cease to exist: a book of faith and small neat worlds and of people who live by the philosophies of popular songs.
    Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948), U.S. writer. Letter, May 1934, to her psychiatrist. quoted in Nancy Milford, Zelda, pt. 3, ch. 17 (1970).

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  • 3.
    By the time a person has achieved years adequate for choosing a direction, the die is cast and the moment has long since passed which determined the future.
    Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948), U.S. writer. Alabama Beggs, in Save Me the Waltz, ch. 4, sct. 3 (1932).

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  • 4.
    We grew up founding our dreams on the infinite promise of American advertising. I still believe that one can learn to play the piano by mail and that mud will give you a perfect complexion.
    Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948), U.S. writer. Alabama Beggs, in Save Me the Waltz, ch. 4, sect. 3 (1932).

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  • 5.
    It's very expressive of myself. I just lump everything in a great heap which I have labeled "the past," and, having thus emptied this deep reservoir that was once myself, I am ready to continue.
    Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948), U.S. writer. Alabama Beggs, in Save Me the Waltz, ch. 4, sct. 3 (1932).
  • 6.
    Women sometimes seem to share a quiet, unalterable dogma of persecution that endows even the most sophisticated of them with the inarticulate poignancy of the peasant.
    Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948), U.S. writer, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Save Me the Waltz, ch. 2 (1932).

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  • 7.
    Mr. Fitzgerald—I believe that is how he spells his name—seems to believe that plagiarism begins at home.
    Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948), U.S. writer. quoted in Nancy Milford, Zelda, pt. 2, ch. 7 (1970). "The Beautiful and the Damned," Tribune (New York, April 2, 1922). review of F. Scott Fitzgerald. "On one page," she elaborated, "I recognized a portion of an old diary of mine which mysteriously disappeared shortly after my marriage."

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  • 8.
    Why do we spend years using up our bodies to nurture our minds with experience and find our minds turning then to our exhausted bodies for solace?
    Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948), U.S. writer. Alabama Beggs, in Save Me the Waltz, ch. 4, sct. 3 (1932).
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