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All Quotes by author - F. Scott Fitzgerald
" A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big. "
" Action is character. "
" Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero. "
" After all, life hasn't much to offer except youth, and I suppose for older people, the love of youth in others. "
" A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain. "
" All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath. "
" An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards. "
" At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide. "
" Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke. "
" 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. "
" Everybody's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness. "
" Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues. "
" 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. "
" First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you. "
" For awhile after you quit Keats all other poetry seems to be only whistling or humming. "
" Forgotten is forgiven. "
" Genius goes around the world in its youth incessantly apologizing for having large feet. What wonder that later in life it should be inclined to raise those feet too swiftly to fools and bores. "
" Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind. "
" Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art. "
" Her body calculated to a millimeter to suggest a bud yet guarantee a flower. "
" His was a great sin who first invented consciousness. Let us lose it for a few hours. "
" I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart where God put it, on the inside. "
" I'm a romantic; a sentimental person thinks things will last, a romantic person hopes against hope that they won't. "
" In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day. "
" It is in the thirties that we want friends. In the forties we know they won't save us any more than love did. "
" It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory. "
" 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. "
" It's not a slam at you when people are rude, it's a slam at the people they've met before. "
" I've been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library. "
" 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. "
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