Francis Scott Fitzgerald

((1896 - 1940) / Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States)

Francis Scott Fitzgerald Quotes

  • ''There never was a good biography of a good novelist. There couldn't be. He is too many people, if he's any good.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook L," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
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  • ''Shakespeare—whetting, frustrating, surprising and gratifying.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook L," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
  • ''An idea ran back and forward in his head like a blind man, knocking over the solid furniture.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook M," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
  • ''Young people do not perceive at once that the giver of wounds is the enemy and the quoted tattle merely the arrow.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook O," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
  • ''Some men have a necessity to be mean, as if they were exercising a faculty which they had to partially neglect since early childhood.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook O," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
  • ''You can stroke people with words.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook O," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
  • ''Scratch a Yale man with both hands and you'll be lucky to find a coast-guard. Usually you find nothing at all.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook O," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945). Fitzgerald studied at Princeton.
  • ''The easiest way to get a reputation is to go outside the fold, shout around for a few years as a violent atheist or a dangerous radical, and then crawl back to the shelter.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook O," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
  • ''Action is character.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Notes for The Last Tycoon, "Hollywood, Etc.," (1941).
  • ''To a profound pessimist about life, being in danger is not depressing.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Quoted in Andrew Turnbull, Scott Fitzgerald, ch. 6 (1962).

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Best Poem of Francis Scott Fitzgerald

The Staying Up All Night

The warm fire.
The comfortable chairs.
The merry companions.
The stroke of twelve.
The wild suggestion.
The good sports.
The man who hasn't slept for weeks.
The people who have done it before.
The long anecdotes.
The best looking girl yawns.
The forced raillery.
The stroke of one.
The best looking girl goes to bed.
The stroke of two.
The empty pantry.
The lack of firewood.
The second best looking girl goes to bed.
The weather-beaten ones who don't.
The stroke of four.
The dozing off.
The amateur 'life of the party.'

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We Leave To-Night

WE leave to-night . . .
Silent, we filled the still, deserted street,
A column of dim gray,
And ghosts rose startled at the muffled beat
Along the moonless way;
The shadowy shipyards echoed to the feet
That turned from night and day.

And so we linger on the windless decks,

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