F. Scott Fitzgerald, fully Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

F. Scott
Fitzgerald, fully Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
1896
1940

American Novelist, Short-Story Writer best known for The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night which were both made into films

Author Quotes

You are mysterious, I love you. YouÂ’re beautiful, intelligent, and virtuous, and thatÂ’s the rarest known combination.

You will admit that if it was not life it was magnificent.

You're three or four different men but each of them out in the open. Like all Americans.

You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known—and even that is an understatement.

You will feel your own reflection sliding along the eyes of those who look at you. You are no longer insulated; but I suppose you must touch life in order to spring from it.

You're very polite, but I belong to another generation.

You are the loveliest thing that I have ever known.

You will walk differently alone, dear, through a thicker atmosphere, forcing your way through the shadows of chairs, through the dripping smoke of the funnels. You will feel your own reflection sliding along the eyes of those who look at you. You are no longer insulated; but I suppose you must touch life in order to spring from it.

You're worth the whole damn bunch put together.

You can stroke people with words.

YouÂ’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.

Youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.

You canÂ’t repeat the past. CanÂ’t repeat the past? he cried incredulously. Why of course you can!

You'll find another.'

Youth is like having a big plate of candy. Sentimentalists think they want to be in the pure, simple state they were in before they ate the candy. They don't. They just want the fun of eating it all over again. The matron doesn't want to repeat her girlhood--she wants to repeat her honeymoon. I don't want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.

You don’t know what a trial it is to be —like me. I've got to keep my face like steel in the street to keep men from winking at me.

You'll forget. Things are sweeter when they're lost. I know—because once I wanted something and got it. It was the only thing I ever wanted badly, Dot. And when I got it turned to dust in my hands.

You've got an awfully kissable mouth.

You know I'm old in some ways-in others-well, I'm just a little girl. I like sunshine and pretty things and cheerfulness-and I dread responsibility.

You'll notice a blond person is expected to talk. If a blond girl doesn't talk we call her a 'doll'; if a light-haired man is silent he's considered stupid. Yet the world is full of 'dark silent men' and 'languorous brunettes' who haven't a brain in their heads, but somehow are never accused of the dearth.

You know, youÂ’re a little complicated after all.

Young people do not perceive at once that the giver of wounds is the enemy and the quoted tattle merely the arrow.

You never knew exactly how much space you occupied in people`s lives.

You're a historian. Tell me if there are any bath-tubs in history. I think they've been frightfully neglected.

You never know what's coming for you.

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First Name
F. Scott
Last Name
Fitzgerald, fully Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
Birth Date
1896
Death Date
1940
Bio

American Novelist, Short-Story Writer best known for The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night which were both made into films