F Scott Fitzgerald Quotes & Wallpapers

F Scott Fitzgerald
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She saw something awful in the very simplicity she failed to understand. F Scott Fitzgerald

Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy. F Scott Fitzgerald

Nothing any good isn't hard. F Scott Fitzgerald

Very well then, better a sane crook than a mad puritan. F Scott Fitzgerald

There's so much spring in the air- there's so much lazy sweetness in your heart. F Scott Fitzgerald

People disappeared, reappeared, made plans to go somewhere, and then lost each other, searched for each other, found each other a few feet away. F Scott Fitzgerald

I'm not sure what I'll do, but- well, I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale. F Scott Fitzgerald

Well, you never knew exactly how much space you occupied in people's lives. F Scott Fitzgerald

He's so dumb he doesn't know he's alive. F Scott Fitzgerald

Hard to sit here and be close to you, and not kiss you. F Scott Fitzgerald

Now the standard cure for one who is sunk is to consider those in actual destitution or physical suffering - this is an all-weather beatitude for gloom in general and fairly salutory day-time advice for everyone. F Scott Fitzgerald

Poetry is either something that lives like fire inside you - like music to the musician or Marxism to the Communist - or else it is nothing, an empty, formalized bore, around which pedants can endlessly drone their notes and explanations. F Scott Fitzgerald

We have' met for many years, said Daisy, her voice as matter-of-fact as it could ever be. "Five years next November." The automatic quality set us all back at least another minute. F Scott Fitzgerald

If it was' for the mist we could see your home across the bay," said Gatsby. "You always have a green light that burns at the end of your dock." Daisy put her arm through his abruptly but he seemed absorbed in what he had just said. Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever. Compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy it had seemed very near to him, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon. Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted things had diminished by one. F Scott Fitzgerald

He had' once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes. Sometimes, too, he stared around at his possessions in a dazed way, as though in her actual and astounding presence none of it was any longer real. F Scott Fitzgerald

You're just the romantic age," she continued- "fifty. Twenty-five is too worldly wise; thirty is apt to be pale from overwork; forty is the age of long stories that take a whole cigar to tell; sixty is- oh, sixty is too near seventy; but fifty is the mellow age. I love fifty." - Hildegarde F Scott Fitzgerald

If you spend your life sparing people's feelings and feeding their vanity, you get so you ca' distinguish what should be respected in them. F Scott Fitzgerald

I wasn't actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity. F Scott Fitzgerald

They weren't happy, and neither of them had touched the chicken or the ale-and yet they weren't unhappy either. There was an unmistakable air of natural intimacy about the picture and anybody would have said that they were conspiring together. F Scott Fitzgerald

Often a man can play the helpless child in front of a woman, but he can almost never bring it off when he feels most like a helpless child. F Scott Fitzgerald

You can take Hollywood for granted like I did, or you can dismiss it with the contempt we reserve for what we don't understand. It can be understood too, but only dimly and in flashes. Not half a dozen men have ever been able to keep the whole equation of pictures in their heads. F Scott Fitzgerald

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

He lifted his arms to the crystaline, radiant sky. "I know myself," he cried, "but that is all. F Scott Fitzgerald

This is perhaps the best feeling in the world. I love going to sleep at night and wondering what weird and wonderful dreams I'm going to have however I always prolong sleep as long as possible, immeasurably happy simply listening to the sound of my fiancees breathing and feeling his arms around me. It's when you fall in love with these little things that you know you're truly in love. F Scott Fitzgerald

Amory took to writing poetry on spring afternoons, in the gardens of the big estates near Princeton, while swans made effective atmosphere in the artificial pools, and slow clouds sailed harmoniously above the willow. May came too soon, and suddenly unable to bear walls, he wandered the campus at all hours through starlight and rain. F Scott Fitzgerald

I've got an adjective that just fits you. F Scott Fitzgerald

Amory: I love you. Rosalind: I love you- now. F Scott Fitzgerald

Then it had not been merely the stars to which he had aspired on that June night. He came alive to me, delivered suddenly from the womb of his purposeless splendour. F Scott Fitzgerald

Then I grew up, and the beauty of succulent illusions fell away from me. F Scott Fitzgerald

He wanted to appear suddenly to her in novel and heroic colors. He wanted to stir her from that casualness she showed toward everything except herself. F Scott Fitzgerald

Any person with any imagination is bound to be afraid. F Scott Fitzgerald

One writes of scars healed, a loose parallel to the pathology of the skin, but there is no such thing in the life of an individual. There are open wounds, shrunk sometimes to the size of a pin-prick but wounds still. The marks of suffering are more comparable to the loss of a finger, or of the sight of an eye. We may not miss them, either, for one minute in a year, but if we should there is nothing to be done about it. F Scott Fitzgerald

I have never wished there was a God to call on - have often wished there was a God to thank. F Scott Fitzgerald

The two basic stories of all times are Cinderella and Jack the Giant Killer - the charm of women and the courage of men. F Scott Fitzgerald

I just couldn't make the grade as a hack - that, like everything else, requires a certain practiced excellence. F Scott Fitzgerald

The Schnlitzer-Murphys had diamonds as big as walnuts - That's nothing. Percy had leaned forward and dropped his voice to a low whisper. That's nothing at all. My father has a diamond bigger than the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. F Scott Fitzgerald

They seemed nearer, not only mentally, but physically when they read ... Their chance was to make everything fine and finished and rich and imaginative; they must bend tiny golden tentacles from his imagination to hers, that would take the place of the great, deep love that was never so near, yet never so much of a dream. F Scott Fitzgerald

Beautiful things grow to a certain height and then they fail and fade off, breathing out memories as they decay. And just as any period decays in our minds, the things of that period should decay too, and in that way they're preserved for a while in the few hearts like mine that react to them. Trying to preserve a century by keeping its relics up to date is like keeping a dying man alive by stimulants. F Scott Fitzgerald

When Vanity kissed Vanity, a hundred happy Junes ago, he pondered o'er her breathlessly, and, that all men might ever know, he rhymed her eyes with life and death: "Thru Time I'll save my love!" he said. . . yet Beauty vanished with his breath, and, with her lovers, she was dead. . . -Ever his wit and not her eyes, ever his art and not her hair: "Who'd learn a trick in rhyme, be wise and pause before his sonnet there". . . So all my words, however true, might sing you to a thousandth June, and no one ever know that you were Beauty for an afternoon. F Scott Fitzgerald

Little Montenegro! He lifted up the words and nodded at them-with his smile. The smile comprehended Montenegro's troubled history and sympathized with the brave struggles of the Montenegrin people. It appreciated fully the chain of national circumstances, which had elicited this tribute from Montenegro's warm little heart. My incredulity was submerged in fascination now; it was like skimming hastily through a dozen magazines. F Scott Fitzgerald

...I am slow-thinking and full of interior rules that act as brakes on my desires.... F Scott Fitzgerald

There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired. F Scott Fitzgerald

He was so terrible that he was no longer terrible, only dehumanized. F Scott Fitzgerald

but I felt that Tom would drift on forever seeking, a little wistfully, for the dramatic turbulence of some irrecoverable football game F Scott Fitzgerald

Look at that,' she whispered, and then after a moment: 'I'd like to just get one of those pink clouds and put you in it and push you around. F Scott Fitzgerald

When Eleanor's arm touched his he felt his hands grow cold with deadly fear lest he should lose the shadow brush with which his imagination was painting wonders of her. He watched her from the corners of his eyes as ever he did when he walked with her- she was a feast and a folly and he wished it had been his destiny to sit forever on a haystack and see life through her green eyes. F Scott Fitzgerald

Even when the east excited me most, even when I was keenly aware of its superiority to the broad, sprawling, swollen towns beyond the Ohio, with their interminable inquisitions which only spared children and the very old-even then it had always for me a quality of distortion. F Scott Fitzgerald

That's the whole burden of this novel - the loss of those illusions that give such color to the world that you don't care whether things are true or false as long as they partake of the magical glory. F Scott Fitzgerald

After all, life hasn't much to offer except youth, and I suppose for older people, the love of youth in others. F Scott Fitzgerald

No such thing as a man willing to be honest - that would be like a blind man willing to see. F Scott Fitzgerald

Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues. F Scott Fitzgerald

The men-the undergraduates of Yale and Princeton are cleaner, healthier, better-looking, better dressed, wealthier and more attractive than any undergraduate body in the country. F Scott Fitzgerald

But you can love more than just one person, can't you? F Scott Fitzgerald

Beautiful things only grow to a certain height, and then they fail and fade off. F Scott Fitzgerald

The history of my life is the history of the struggle between an overwhelming urge to write and a combination of circumstances bent on keeping me from it. F Scott Fitzgerald

I was too absorbed to be responsive F Scott Fitzgerald

What was the use of doing great things if I could have a better time telling her what I was going to do? F Scott Fitzgerald

I don't care about truth. I want some happiness. F Scott Fitzgerald

Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right. F Scott Fitzgerald

Let's borrow life preservers and jump over. I think we should do something spectacular. I feel that all our lives have been too restrained. F Scott Fitzgerald

I learned a little of beauty- enough to know that it had nothing to do with truth... F Scott Fitzgerald

Her fine high forehead sloped gently up to where her hair, bordering it like an armorial shield, burst into lovelocks and waves and curlicues of ash blonde and gold. Her eyes were bright, big, clear, wet and shining, the colour of her cheeks was real, breaking close to the surface from the strong young pump of her heart. Her body hovered delicately on the last edge of childhood - she was almost eighteen, nearly complete, but the dew was still on her. F Scott Fitzgerald

i'm in a muddle about a lot of things - i've just discovered that i've a mind, and i'm starting to read" "read what?" "everything. i have to pick and choose, of course, but mostly things that make me think. F Scott Fitzgerald

The water reached up for her, pulled her down tenderly out of the heat, seeped in her hair and ran into the corners of her body. She turned round and round in it, embracing it, wallowing in it. F Scott Fitzgerald

Possibly it had occurred to him the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever. [...] It had seemed as close as a star to the moon. Now it was a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one. F Scott Fitzgerald

The notion of sitting down and conjuring up, not only words in which to clothe thoughts but thoughts worthy of being clothed-the whole thing was absurdly beyond his desires. F Scott Fitzgerald

Beware the artist who's an intellectual also. The artist who doesn't fit. F Scott Fitzgerald

I hope you live a life you're proud of. F Scott Fitzgerald

It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. F Scott Fitzgerald

So I walked away and left him standing there in the moonlight - watching over nothing. F Scott Fitzgerald

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