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

Princeton - The Last Day

THE last light wanes and drifts across the land,
The low, long land, the sunny land of spires.
The ghosts of evening tune again their lyres
And wander singing, in a plaintive band
Down the long corridors of trees. Pale fires
Echo the night from tower top to tower.
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!

No more to wait the twilight of the moon
In this sequestrated vale of star and spire;
For one, eternal morning of desire
Passes to time and ...

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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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