Quotes by: F. Scott Fitzgerald

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F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald c. 1921, appearing in The
World's Work's June 1921 issue
Born Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
(1896-09-24)September 24, 1896
St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Died December 21, 1940(1940-12-21) (aged 44)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Resting place Saint Mary's Cemetery
Occupation Novelist, short story writer
Nationality American
Education Princeton University (no degree)
Period 1920–40
Spouse Zelda Sayre
(1920–1940; his death)
Children Frances Scott Fitzgerald

For awhile after you quit Keats all other poetry seems to be only whistling or humming.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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
My idea is always to reach my generation. The wise writer writes for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
His was a great sin who first invented consciousness. Let us lose it for a few hours.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
The faces of most American women over thirty are relief maps of petulant and bewildered unhappiness.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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
It occurred to me that there was no difference between men, in intelligence or race, so profound as the difference between the sick and the well.
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
It is in the thirties that we want friends. In the forties we know they won't save us any more than love did.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
What'll we do with ourselves this afternoon? And the day after that, and the next thirty years?
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Either you think, or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Some men have a necessity to be mean, as if they were exercising a faculty which they had to partially neglect since early childhood.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds, they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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