Francis Scott Fitzgerald

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

Francis Scott Fitzgerald Quotes

  • ''It's not a slam at you when people are rude—it's a slam at the people they've met before.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Cecilia Brady, in The Last Tycoon, ch. 1 (1941).
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  • ''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).
  • ''There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. The narrator (Nick Carraway), in The Great Gatsby, ch. 4 (1925).
  • ''What'll we do with ourselves this afternoon? And the day after that, and the next thirty years?''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Daisy Buchanan, in The Great Gatsby, ch. 7 (1925).
  • ''Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. The narrator (Nick Carraway), in The Great Gatsby, ch. 1 (1925). Describing Daisy Buchanan's "low, thrilling voice ... the kind of voice that the ear follows up and down."
  • ''No decent career was ever founded on a public.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. repr. In The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945). "Early Success," American Cavalcade (October 1937).
  • ''The compensation of a very early success is a conviction that life is a romantic matter. In the best sense one stays young.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Early Success," essay first published in American Cavalcade (Oct. 1937), The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
  • ''It's a mining town in lotus land.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Wylie White, in The Last Tycoon, ch. 1 (1941).
  • ''Though the Jazz Age continued it became less and less an affair of youth. The sequel was like a children's party taken over by the elders.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. repr. In The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945). "Echoes of the Jazz Age," Scribner's (New York, Nov. 1931).
  • ''Trouble has no necessary connection with discouragement—discouragement has a germ of its own, as different from trouble as arthritis is different from a stiff joint.''
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. repr. In The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945). "Handle With Care," Esquire (New York, March 1936). As second part of Fitzgerald's Crack-Up series.

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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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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.

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