Francis Scott Fitzgerald

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

Francis Scott Fitzgerald Quotes

  • ''Listen, little Elia: draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice and I'll tell you a story.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. The Crack-Up, "Notebook N," 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."
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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"....
  • ''All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Letter (undated) to his daughter Frances Scott Fitzgerald. The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
  • ''It is in the thirties that we want friends. In the forties we know they won't save us any more than love did.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. The Crack-Up, "Notebook O," ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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Best Poem of Francis Scott Fitzgerald

On A Play Twice Seen

HERE in the figured dark I watch once more;
There with the curtain rolls a year away,
A year of years — There was an idle day
Of ours, when happy endings didn't bore
Our unfermented souls, and rocks held ore:
Your little face beside me, wide-eyed, gay,
Smiled its own repertoire, while the poor play
Reached me as a faint ripple reaches shore.

Yawning and wondering an evening through
I watch alone — and chatterings of course
Spoil the one scene which somehow did have charms;
You wept a bit, and I grew sad for you
Right there, where Mr. X ...

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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.

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