Francis Scott Fitzgerald

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

Francis Scott Fitzgerald Quotes

  • ''Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat ... the redeeming things are not "happiness and pleasure" but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Letter, October 5, 1940, to his daughter Frances Scott Fitzgerald. The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald, ed. Andrew Turnbull (1963).
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  • ''The idea that to make a man work you've got to hold gold in front of his eyes is a growth, not an axiom. We've done that for so long that we've forgotten there's any other way.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Amory Blaine, in This Side of Paradise, bk. 2, ch. 5 (1920).
  • ''Only remember—west of the Mississippi it's a little more look, see, act. A little less rationalize, comment, talk.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Letter, summer 1934, to Fitzgerald's biographer and editor of his letters Andrew Turnbull. The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald, ed. Andrew Turnbull (1963).
  • ''I'm a romantic—a sentimental person thinks things will last—a romantic person hopes against hope that they won't.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Amory Blaine, in This Side of Paradise, bk. 2, ch. 1 (1920).
  • ''Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. The narrator (Nick Carraway), in The Great Gatsby, ch. 1 (1925).
  • ''I've been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. An unnamed guest at one of Gatsby's parties, in The Great Gatsby, ch. 3 (1925).
  • ''When people are taken out of their depths they lose their heads, no matter how charming a bluff they may put up.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Baby Warren, in Tender is the Night, bk. 3, ch. 12 (1934).
  • ''Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. The narrator (Nick Carraway), in The Great Gatsby, ch. 3 (1925).
  • ''At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Bernice Bobs Her Hair, sct. 2 (1920).
  • ''Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. The narrator (Nick Carraway), in The Great Gatsby, ch. 3 (1925).

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Best Poem of Francis Scott Fitzgerald

Marching Streets

Death slays the moon and the long dark deepens,
Hastens to the city, to the drear stone-heaps,
Films all eyes and whispers on the corners,
Whispers to the corners that the last soul sleeps.

Gay grow the streets now torched by yellow lamplight,
March all directions with a long sure tread.
East, west they wander through the blinded city,
Rattle on the windows like the wan-faced dead.


Ears full of throbbing, a babe awakens startled,
Sends a tiny whimper to the still gaunt room.
Arms of the mother tighten round it gently,
Deaf to the patter in the ...

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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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