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

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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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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