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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
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The start and unexpected miracle of a night fades out with the lingering death of the last starts and the premature birth of the first newsboys. The flame retreats to some remote and platonic fire; the white heat has gone from the iron and the glow from the coal. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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How different it all was from what you'd planned. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He went three hundred yards up the slope to the other hotel, he engaged a room, and found himself washing without a memory of the intervening ten minutes, only a sort of drunken flush pierced with voices, unimportant voices that did not know how much he was loved. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Long afterward Amory thought of sophomore spring as the happiest time of his life. His ideas were in tune with life as he found it; he wanted no more than to drift and dream and enjoy a dozen new-found friendships through the April afternoons. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Oh, I'll stay in the East, don't you worry," he said, glancing at Daisy and then back at me, as if he were alert for something more. "I'd be a God damned fool to live anywhere else. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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My yacht. I don't mind going for a coupla hours' cruise. I'll even lend you that book so you'll have something to read on the revenue -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Charley was twenty-six, with that faint musk of weakness hanging about him that is often mistaken for the scent of evil. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The attitude of the city on his action was of no importance to him, not because he was going to leave the city, but because any outside attitude on the situation seemed superficial. He was completely indifferent to popular opinion. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Her eyes in the half-light suggested night and violets, and for a moment he stirred again to that half-forgotten remoteness of the afternoon. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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
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Her body calculated to a millimeter to suggest a bud yet guarantee a flower. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He desired her and, so far as her virginal emotions went, she contemplated a surrender with equanimity. Yet she knew she would forget him half an hour after she left him - like an actor kissed in a picture. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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You're a rotten driver," I protested. "Either you ought to be more careful, or you oughtn't to drive at all." "I am careful." "No, you're not." "Well, other people are," she said lightly. "What's that got to do with it?" "They'll keep out of my way," she insisted. "It takes two to make an accident. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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
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I read somewhere that the sun's getting hotter every year," said Tom genially. "It seems that pretty soon the earth's going to fall into the sun
or wait a minute
it's just the opposite
the sun's getting colder every year." 1925 -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He saw her before he saw anything else in the room. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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First, he realized that the sea was blue and that there was an enormous
quantity of it, and that it roared and roared-really all the banalities
about the ocean that one could realize, but if any one had told him then
that these things were banalities, he would have gaped in wonder. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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She smiled at him, making sure that the smile gathered up everything inside her and directed it toward him, making him a profound promise of herself for so little, for the beat of a response, the assurance of a complimentary vibration in him. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Unloved women have no biographies
they have histories -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It was strange to have no self-to be like a little boy left alone in a big house, who knew that now he could do anything he wanted to do, but found that there was nothing that he wanted to do. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The strongest should come first in comedy because once a character is really established as funny everything he does is funny. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Such a kiss--it was a flower held against the face, never to be described, scarcely to be remembered; as though her beauty were giving off emanations of itself which settled transiently and already dissolving upon his heart. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Was it the infinite sadness of her eyes that drew him or the mirror of himself that he found in the gorgeous clarity of her mind? -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It never occurred to me that one man could start to play with the faith of fifty million people- with the single mindedness of a burglar blowing a safe. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Afterwards, he just sat, happy to live in the past. The drink made past happy things contemporary with the present, as if they were still going on, contemporary even with the future as if they were about to happen again. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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For a moment the last sunshine fell with romantic affection upon her glowing face; her voice compelled me forward breathlessly as I listened - then the glow faded, each light deserting her with lingering regret, like children leaving a pleasant street at dusk. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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there's no beauty without poignancy and there's no poignancy without the feeling that it's going, men, names, books, houses--bound for dust--mortal--"
a small boy appeared beside them and, swinging a handful of banana peels, flung them valiantly in the direction of the potomac. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Into a dozen minds entered a quick suspicion, a rumour of scandal. Could it be that behind the scenes with this couple, apparently so in love, lurked some curious antipathy? Why else this streak of fire across such a cloudless heaven? -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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A woman should be able to kiss a man beautifully and romantically without any desire to be either his wife or his mistress. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I'd rather keep it as a beautiful memory
tucked away in my heart.' 'Yes, women can do that
but not men. I'd remember always, not the beauty of it while it lasted, but just the bitterness, the long bitterness.' 'Don't! -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I think one thing today and another tomorrow. That is really all that's the matter with me, except a crazy defiance and a lack of proportion. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it's these things I'd believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn't all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It always astonishes me when anybody does anything -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Shakespeare
whetting, frustrating, surprising and gratifying. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Is kissing you generally considered a joyful affair? - -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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What are you going to do?
"Can't say - run for president, write -"
"Greenwich Village?"
"Good heavens, no - I said write - not drink. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I'm a product of a versatile mind in a restless generation with every reason to throw my mind and pen in with the radicals. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I suppose books mean more than people to me anyway -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Mother says that two souls are sometimes created together and
and in love before they're born. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The instant her voice broke off ceasing to compel my attention, my belief, I felt the basic insincerity of what she had said. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It was as if for the remainder of his life he was condemned to carry with him the egos of certain people, early met and early loved, and to be only as complete as they were complete themselves. There was some element of loneliness involved
so easy to be loved
so hard to love. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God - a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that - and he must be about His Father's Business, the service of a vast, vulgar and meretricious beauty. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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There was even a recurrent idea in America about an education that would leave out history and the past, that should be a sort of equipment for aerial adventure, weighed down by none of the stowaways of inheritance or tradition. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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All my beautiful lovely safe world blew itself up here with a great gust of high explosive love. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Sometimes I wish I'd went through those good times stone cold sober so I could remember everything," he said, "but then again, if I had been sober the times probably wouldn't have been worth remembering. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Goodnight, child. This is a damn shame. Let's drop it out of the picture." He gave her two lines of hospital patter to go to sleep on. "So many people are going to love you and it might be nice to meet your first love all intact, emotionally too. That's an old-fashioned idea, isn't it? -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Flushed with his impassioned gibberish, he saw himself standing alone on the last barrier of civilization. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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We want to believe. Young students try to believe in older authors, constituents try to believe in their Congressmen, countries try to believe in their statesmen, but they can't. Too many voices, too much scattered, illogical ill-considered criticism. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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As our credulity switched back to her she leaned forward with enthusiasm.
'You look at him sometimes when he thinks nobody's looking at him. I'll bet he killed a man.' She narrowed her eyes and shivered. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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My mind, brightened by the lights and the cheerful tumult, suddenly grasped the fact that all achievement was a placing of emphasis
a moulding of the confusion of life into form. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Marriage is an error of youth -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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For the moment I can only cry out that I have lost my splendid mirage. Come back, come back, O glittering and white! -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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She was feeling the pressure of the world outside and she wanted to see him and feel his presence beside her and be reassured that she was doing the right thing after all. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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... I used to build dreams about you. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I don't ask you to love me always like this but I ask you to remember. Somewhere inside of me there will always be the person I am tonight. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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They proceeded with an infinite guile that would have horrified her parents. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Then he put in a call for Nicole in Zurich, remembering so many things as he waited, and wishing he had always been as good as he had intended to be. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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At this point Jordan and I tried to go, but Tom and Gatsby insisted with competitive firmness that we remain - as though neither of them had anything to conceal and it would be a privilege to partake vicariously of their emotions. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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When people have so much for outsiders didn't it indicate a lack of inner intensity? -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I was too absorbed to be responsive -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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When he saw us a damp gleam of hope sprang into his light blue eyes. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It isn't given to us to know those rare moments when people are wide open and the lightest touch can wither or heal. A moment too late and we can never reach them any more in this world. They will not be cured by our most efficacious drugs or slain with our sharpest swords. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The unwelcome November rain had perversely stolen the day's last hour and pawned it with that ancient fence, the night. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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to have and to hold, and, in time - let go -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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And then," she continued, "there are all the subtle reformers who tell you the wild stories they've heard about you and how they've been sticking up for you. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Nicole's world had fallen to pieces, but it was only a flimsy and scarcely created world; beneath it her emotions and instincts fought on. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I thought of Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy's dock. He had come a long way to this lawn and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him. [- Nick Carroway] -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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No more to wait the twilight of the moon in this sequestered vale of star and spire, for one eternal morning of desire passes to time and earthy afternoon. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Tell me about yourself." And she gave the answer that Adam must have given. "There's nothing to tell." But -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Tom. I'd like to -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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If you spend your life sparing people's feelings and feeding their vanity, you get so you can't distinguish what should be respected in them. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Something was making him nibble at the edge of stale ideas as if his sturdy physical egotism no longer nourished his peremptory heart. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Jelly-bean is the name throughout the undissolved Confederacy for one who spends his life conjugating the verb to idle in the first person singular- - I am idling, I have idled, I will idle -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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
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It was a marriage of love. He was sufficiently spoiled to be charming; she was ingenuous enough to be irresistible. Like two floating logs they met in a head-on rush, caught, and sped along together. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Amory thought how it was only the past that seemed strange and unbelievable. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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She admired him; she was used to clutching her hands together in his wake and heaving audible sighs. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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All the city was playing with this sound out there in the blue summer dark, throwing it up and calling it back, promising that, in a little while, life would be beautiful as a story, promising happiness, and by that promise giving it -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He strolled out onto the wide, semidark veranda, where couples were scattered at tables, filling the lantern-hung night with vague words and hazy laughter. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I'm one of those people who go through the world giving other people thrills but getting few myself except those I read into men on nights such as these. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Think of all the fine men we should lose is suicide were not so cowardly -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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You loved me too?" he repeated. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I slunk
off in the direction of the cocktail table - the only place in
the garden where a single man could linger without looking
purposeless and alone. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Finding no nucleus to which we could cling, we became a small nucleus ourselves and gradually we fitted our disruptive personalities into the contemporary scene of New York. Or rather New York forgot us and let us stay. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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They were all tall and slender with heads groomed like manikins' heads, and as they talked the heads waved gracefully above their dark tailored suits, rather like long-stemmed flowers and rather like cobras' hoods. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The officer looked at Daisy while she was speaking, in a way that every young girl wants to be looked at sometime, and because it seemed romantic to me I have remembered the incident ever since. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Unlike lovers they possessed no past; unlike man and wife, they possessed no future; yet up to in this morning Nicole had liked Abe better than anyone except Dick
and he had been heavy, belly-frightened, with love for her for years. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Dick walked beside her, feeling her unhappiness, and wanting to drink the rain that touched her cheek. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I always watch for the longest day in the year and then I miss it. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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No girl can permanently bolster up a lame-duck visitor, because these day it's every girl for herself. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Sometimes when you're around I've been tempted to kiss you suddenly and tell you that you were just an idealistic boy with a lot of caste nonsense in his head. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The mind of a little child is fascinating, for it looks on old things with new eyes-but at about twelve this changes. The adolescent offers nothing, can do nothing, say nothing that the adult cannot do better. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He was learning the rarity in a single life, of encountering true emotion. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Nothing is as obnoxious as other people's luck. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Just as a cooling pot gives off heat, so all through youth and adolescence we give off calories of virtue. That's what's called ingenuousness. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Her love had reached a point where now at last she was beginning to be unhappy, to be desperate. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Baltimore is warm but pleasant ... I belong here, where everything is civilized and gay and rotted and polite. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Once in a while I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back, and in my heart I love her all the time. - The Great Gatsby. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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
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Something in his leisurely move- ments and the secure position of his feet upon the lawn suggested that it was Mr. Gatsby himself, come out to deter- mine what share was his of our local heavens. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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You'd think you'd been singled out of all the women in the world for this crowning indignity." "What if I do!" she cried angrily. "It isn't an indignity for them. It's their one excuse for living. It's the one thing they're good for. It is an indignity for me. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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In 1913, when Anthony Patch was twenty-five, two years were already gone since irony, the Holy Ghost of this later day, had, theoretically at least, descended upon him. Irony was the final polish of the shoe, the ultimate dab of the clothes-brush, a sort of intellectual "There!" - yet -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Isabelle had walked with an artificial gait at nine and a half, and when her eyes, wide and starry, proclaimed the ingenue most. Amory was proportionately less deceived. He waited for the mask to drop off, but at the same time he did not question her right to wear it. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The last swimmers have come in from the beach now and are dressing upstairs; the cars from New York are parked five deep in the drive, and already the halls and salons and verandas are gaudy with primary colours, and hair bobbed in strange new ways ... -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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In crowded rooms they would form words with their lips for each other's eyes -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Their eyes are full of kindness as each feels the full effect of novelty after a short separation. They are drawing a relaxation from each other's presence, a new serenity. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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don't think of getting out of bed yet. I've always suspected that early rising in early life makes one nervous. Clothilde -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Dear, don't think of getting out of bed yet. I've always suspected that early rising in early life makes one nervous. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Art invariably grows out of a period when, in general, the artist admires his own nation and wants to win its approval. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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She wanted what most women want, but she wanted it much more fiercely and passionately. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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When I see a beautiful shell like that I can't help feeling a regret about what's inside it. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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One doctor in Chicago said I was bluffing, but what he really meant was that I was a twin six and he had never seen one before. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I'll drink your champagne. I'll drink every drop of it, I don't care if it kills me. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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We walked back from dinner through the cold vestibules, unutterably aware of our identity with this country for one strange hour, before we melted indistinguishably into it again. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Some people, were born to sit by a river. Some get struck by lightning. Some have an ear for music. Some are artists. Some swim. Some know buttons. Some know Shakespeare. Some are mothers. And some people, dance. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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She saw something awful in the very simplicity she failed to understand. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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So my first impression, that he was a person of some undefined consequence, had gradually faded and he had become simply the proprietor of an elaborate road-house next door. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Misfortune is liable to make me a damn bad man -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It's just a crazy old thing. I just slip it on sometimes when I don't care what I look like. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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In case there's a fire or a flood, or any act of God. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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One hurries through, even though there's time; the past, the continent, is behind; the future is the glowing mouth in the side of the ship; the dim, turbulent alley is too confusedly the present. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Life was a damned muddle ... a football game with every one off-side and the referee gotten rid of - every one claiming the referee would have been on his side ... -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Only the dead dream fought on as the afternoon slipped away, trying to touch what was no longer tangible, struggling unhappily, undespairingly, towards that lost voice across the room. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Cloaked by the erotic darkness she exhausted the future quickly, with all the eventualities that might lead up to a kiss, but with the kiss itself as blurred as a kiss in pictures. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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His dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The sun had gone down behind the tall apartments of the movie stars in the West Fifties, and the unclear voices of children, already gathered like crikets on the grass, rose through the hot twilight. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He stayed there for a week , walking the streets where their footsteps had clicked together through the November night and revisiting the out-of-the-way places to which they had driven in her white car. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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You two start on home, Daisy,' said Tom. 'In Mr Gatsby's car.'
She looked at Tom, alarmed now, but he insisted with magnanimous scorn.
'Go on. He won't annoy you. I think he realises that his presumptuous little flirtation is over. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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While the rain continued it had seemed like the murmur of their voices, rising and swelling a little now and then with gusts of emotion. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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When she saw him face to face their eyes met and brushed like birds' wings. After that everything was all right, everything was wonderful, she knew that he was beginning to fall in love with her. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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They talked aimlessly back and forth, each speaking for the other. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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That was always my experience-a poor boy in a rich town; a poor boy in a rich boy's school; a poor boy in a rich man's club at Princeton ... However, I have never been able to forgive the rich for being rich, and it has colored my entire life and works. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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In the morning you were never violently sorry
you made no resolutions, but if you had overdone it and your heart was slightly out of order, you went on the wagon for a few days without saying anything about it, and waited until an accumulation of nervous boredom projected you into another party. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Now I was going to bring back all such things into my life and become again that most limited of all specialists, the 'well-rounded man. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I like these streets ... I always feel as though it's a performance being staged for me; as though the second I've passed they'll all stop leaping and laughing and, instead grow very sad, remembering how poor they are, and retreat with bowed heads into their houses. You often get that effect abroad -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Intermittently she caught the gist of his sentences and supplied the rest from her subconscious, as one picks up the striking of a clock in the middle with only the rhythm of the first uncounted strokes lingering in the mind. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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And as I walked on I was lonely no longer. I was a guide, a pathfinder, an original settler. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I'm a cynical idealist. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It's essentially cleaner to be corrupt and rich than it is to be innocent and poor. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Don't ever phone if you can possibly come yourself. Don't ever leave if you can stay. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It is difficult for young people to live things down. We will tolerate vice, grand larceny and the quieter forms of murder in our contemporaries ... but our children's friends must show a blank service record. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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January, the Monday of months.... -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Spoken by Myrtle: " she smiled slowly, walking through her husband.
Spoken by Jordan: "large parties are so intimate. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I want you to take a red-hot bath as hot as you can bear it, and just relax your nerves. You can read in the tub if you wish. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He looked at her and for a moment she lived in the bright blue worlds of his eyes, eagerly and confidently. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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His eyes were of a bright, hard blue. His nose was somewhat pointed and there was never any doubt at whom he was looking or talking - and this is a flattering attention, for who looks at us? - glances fall upon us, curious or disinterested, nothing more. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Again the word was a prayer, incense offered up to a high God through this new and unfathomable darkness -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Rich girls don't marry poor boys, Jay Gatsby -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The invitation to Miss Myra St. Claire's bobbing party spent the morning in his coat pocket, where it had an intense physical affair with a dusty piece of peanut brittle. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I want to give a really BAD party. I mean it. I want to give a party where there's a brawl and seductions and people going home with their feelings hurt and women passed out in the cabinet de toilette. You wait and see. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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In perspective it was tremendous -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I had a view of the water, a partial view of my neighbor's lawn, and the consoling proximity of millionaires
all for eighty dollars a month. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I did not think - I was a battleground for the thoughts of many men. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I think they're very attractive,' Abe agreed. 'I just don't think they're attractive, that's all. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I want leisure to read - an immense amount. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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A sense of responsibility would spoil her. She's too pretty. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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A lonesome town, though. He who had grown up alone had lately learned to avoid solitude. During the past several months he had been careful, when he had no engagement for the evening, to hurry to one of his clubs and find someone. Oh there was a loneliness here
-- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I never blame failure - there are too many complicated situations in life - but I am absolutely merciless toward lack of effort. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Young men just don't drift coolly out of nowhere and buy a palace on Long Island. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Often I think writing is a sheer paring away of oneself leaving always something thinner, barer, more meagre. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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My imagination persisted in sticking horrors into the dark- so I stuck my imagination into the dark instead, and let it look out at me. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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So I had a view of the water, a partial view of my neighbour's lawn, and the consoling proximity of millionaires -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Ah," she cried, "you look so cool."
Their eyes met, and they stared together at each other, alone in space. With an effort she glanced down at the table.
You always look so cool," she repeated.
She had told him that she loved him, and Tom Buchanan saw. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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You are mine-you know you're mine! he cried wildly ... the moonlight twisted in through the vines and listened ... the fireflies hung upon their whispers as if to win his glance from the glory of their eyes. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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As the still ocean paths before the shark in starred and glittering waterways, beauty-high, the moon-swathed trees divided, pair on pair, while flapping nightbirds cried across the air. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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
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These things excite me so,' she whispered. 'If you want to kiss me any time during the evening, Nick, just let me know and I'll be glad to arrange it for you. Just mention my name. Or present a green card. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Nonfiction is a form of literature that lies halfway between fiction and fact. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The more I want to be oblivious, the less I can be. Life and light will not let me be. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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You intoxicated me. It was just as though you were making me love you by some invisible force. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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A lot of young girls together is a romantic secret thing like the first sight of wild ducks at dawn. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Suddenly one of these gypsies in trembling opal, seizes a cocktail out of the air, dumps it down for courage and moving her hands like Frisco dances out alone on the canvas platform. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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This is the beauty I want. Beauty has got to be astonishing, astounding
it's got to burst in on you like a dream, like the exquisite eyes of a girl. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Mountain-climbing cars are built on a slant similar to the angle of a hat-brim of a man who doesn't want to be recognized. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The college dreamed on
awake. He felt a nervous excitement that might have been the very throb of its slow heart. It was a stream where he was to throw a stone whose faint ripple would be vanishing almost as it left his hand. As yet he had nothing, he had taken nothing. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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You're three or four different men but each of them out in the open. Like all Americans. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I love New York on summer afternoons when everyone's away. There's something very sensuous about it - overripe, as if all sorts of funny fruits were going to fall into your hands. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I want you to lie to me just as sweetly as you know how for the rest of my life. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Marriage was created not to be a background but to need one. Mine is going to be outstanding. It can't, shan't be the setting - it's going to be the performance, the lively, lovely, glamorous performance, and the world shall be the scenery. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He broke off and began to walk u and down a desolate path of fruit rinds and discarded favors and crushed flowers. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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People talk of the courage of convictions, but in actual life a man's duty to his family may make a rigid course seem a selfish indulgence of his own righteousness. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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
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We have great faith, though yours at present is uncrystallized; we have a terrible honesty that all our sophistry cannot destroy and, above all, a childlike simplicity that keeps us from ever being really malicious. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Remember in all society nine girls out of ten marry for money and nine men out of ten are fools. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The world is always curious, and people become valuable merely for their inaccessibility -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Sometimes she speaks of 'the past' as people speak who have been in prison. But you never know whether they refer to the crime or the imprisonment or the whole experience. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I shall go on shining as a brilliantly meaningless figure in a meaningless world. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Tom and Daisy stared, with that peculiarly unreal feeling that accompanies the recognition of a hitherto ghostly celebrity of the movies. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Cut out all these exclamation jokes. An explanation point is like laughing at your own joke. I'm going to delete you from my contacts if you keep sending solely emoji texts. You're a grown-ass man. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It's only when the settlement work has gone on for months that one realizes how bad things are. As our secretary said to me, your finger-nails never seem dirty until you wash your hands. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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There is something awe-inspiring in one who has lost all inhibitions, who will do anything. Of course we make him pay afterward for his moment of superiority, his moment of impressiveness. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Often people display a curious respect for a man drunk, rather like the respect of simple races for the insane ... There is something awe-inspiring in one who has lost all inhibitions. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I had a woman up here last week to look at my feet, and when she gave me the bill you'd of thought she had my appendicitus out. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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
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I want it to smell of magnolias instead
of peanuts and I want my shoes to crunch on the same gravel that Lee's
boots crunched on. There's no beauty without poignancy and there's no
poignancy without the feeling that it's going, men, names, books,
houses
bound for dust
mortal
-- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I doubt if, after all, I'll ever write anything again worth putting in print. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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On the contrary. When a man speaks he's merely tradition. He has at best a few thousand years back of him. But woman, why, she is the miraculous mouthpiece of posterity. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Now you've a clean start ... you've brushed three or four ornaments down, and in a fit of pique knocked off the rest of them. The thing now is to collect some new ones, and the farther you look ahead in the collecting, the better, but remember, do the next thing. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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We ruined ourselves-I have never honestly thought that we ruined each other. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Your photograph is all I have: it is with me from the morning when I wake up with a frantic half dream about you to the last moment when I think of you and of death at night. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Even when everything seems rotten you can't trust that judgement,' Gloria had said. 'It's the sum of all your judgements that counts. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The strongest guard is placed at the gateway to nothing. Maybe because the condition of emptiness is too shameful to be divulged. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I avoided writers very carefully because they can perpetuate trouble as no one else can. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I hope you live a life you're proud of. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Feel like criticizing any one," he told me, "just remember -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It's just that I feel so sad these wonderful nights. I sort of feel they're never coming again, and I'm not really getting all I could out of them. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I suppose that there's a caddish streak in every man that runs crosswire across his character and disposition and general outlook. With some men it's secret and we never know it's there until they strike us in the dark one night. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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If we could only learn to look on evil as evil, whether it's clothed in filth or monotony or magnificence. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American. It is more fun for an intelligent person to live in an intelligent country. France has the only two things toward which we drift as we grow older - intelligence and good manners. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Standing in the station, with Paris in back of them, it seemed as if they were vicariously leaning a little over the ocean, already undergoing a sea-change, a shifting about of atoms to form the essential molecule of new people. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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She had achieved the elusiveness that gives hidden significance to the least significant remarks.
"Is it like you felt toward me in Paris?"
"I feel comfortable and happy when I'm with you. In Paris it was different. But you never know how you once felt. Do you? -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Vich Deelish My heart is in the heart of my son And my life is in his life surely A man can be twice young In the life of his sons only. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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We can't possibly have a summer love. So many people have tried that the name's become proverbial. Summer is only the unfulfilled promise of spring, a charlatan in place of the warm balmy nights I dream of in April. It's a sad season of life without growth ... It has no day. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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A stirring warmth flowed from her, as if her heart was trying to come out to you concealed in one of those breathless, thrilling words. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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But swan, float lightly because you are a swan, because by the exquisite curve of your neck the gods gave you some special favor, and even though you fracture it running against some man-made bridge, it healed and you sailed onward.
F. Scott Fitzgerald to his wife Zelda. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Take off that darn fur coat! ... Or maybe you'd like to have us open all the windows. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It's all life is. Just going 'round kissing people. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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
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Fatigue was a drug as well as a poison, and Stahr apparently derived some rare almost physical pleasure from working lightheaded with weariness. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Just as Daisy's house had always seemed to him more mysterious and gay than other houses, so his idea of the city itself, even though she was gone from it, was pervaded with a melancholy beauty. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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What do you think of that? It's stopped raining."
I'm glad Jay." Her throat, full of aching, grieving beauty, told only of her unexpected joy. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Life begins again when it gets crisp in the fall. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The loneliest moment in someone's life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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These people could appreciate me and take me for granted, and these men would fall in love with me and admire me, whereas the clever men I meet would just analyse me and tell me I'm this because of this or that because of that. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He was figuratively following along beside her as she walked the fence, ready to catch her if she should fall. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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There's a loneliness that only exists in one's mind. The loneliest moment in someone's life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is blink. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It's always a delusion when I see what you don't want to see (Nicole to Dick). -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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If you hated me, if you were covered with sores like a leper, if you ran away with another woman or starved me or beat me - how absurd this sounds - I'd still want you, I'd still love you. I KNOW, my darling. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Their lips brushed like young wild flowers in the wind. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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What was in the bags?" she asked softly.
"Florida mud," he answered. "That was one of two true things I told you. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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They were careless people, Tom and Daisy-they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they made.... -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I am glad you are happy
but I never believe much in happiness. I never believe in misery either. Those are things you see on the stage or the screen or the printed page, they never really happen to you in life. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Amory: I love you.
Rosalind: I love you- now. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Beautiful girls have throats instead of necks. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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What was it up there in the song that seemed to be calling her back inside? What would happen now in the dim, incalculable hours? -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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
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Dresses well. Pretends that dress is superficial - but knows that it isn't. 3. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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When his son was dressed Mr. Button regarded him with depression. The costume consisted of dotted socks, pink pants, and a belted blouse with a wide white collar. Over the latter waved the long whitish beard, drooping almost to the waist. The effect was not good. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The great rich nation had made triumphant war, suffered enough for poignancy but not enough for bitterness - hence the carnival, the feasting, the triumph. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He had waited five years and bought a mansion where he dispensed starlight to casual moths - so that he could 'come over' some afternoon to a stranger's garden. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I hope I haven't given you the impression that I consider kissing intrinsically irrational. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I am too much a moralist at heart, and really want to preach at people in some acceptable form, rather than entertain them. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Never befuddle a solitary thrashing with a last annihilation. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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And will I like being called a jazz baby?
You will love it. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I didn't realize it, but the days came along one after another, and then two years were gone, and everything was gone, and I was gone. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He could transform the barest incident into a thing of curve and contour. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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This unlikely story begins on a sea that was a blue dream, as colorful as blue-silk stockings, and beneath a sky as blue as the irises of children's eyes. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I've noticed that the children of other nations always seem precocious. That's because the strange manners of their elders have caught our attention most and the children echo those manners enough to seem like their parents. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I hate dainty minds,' answered Marjorie. 'But a girl has to be dainty in person. If she looks like a million dollars she can talk about Russia, ping-pong, or the League of Nations and get away with it. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I was alone again in the unquiet darkness. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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They had never been closer in their month of love, nor communicated more profoundly one with another -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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That's my theory: immediate electrocution of all ignorant and dirty people. I'm all for the criminals - give color to life. Trouble is if you started to punish ignorance you'd have to begin in the first families, then you could take up the moving-picture people, and finally Congress and the clergy. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The sheath that held her soul had assumed significance - that was all. She was a sun, radiant, growing, gathering light and storing it - then after an eternity pouring it forth in a glance, the fragment of a sentence, to that part of him that cherished all beauty and all illusion. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The price for his intactness was incompleteness. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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She is the most charming person in the world. That's all. I refuse to amplify. Excepting- she's perfect. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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All things come to him who mates. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope. I -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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They ate sandwiches of mortadel sausage and bel paese cheese made up in the station restaurant, and drank Beaujolais. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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December tumbled like a dead leaf from the calendar. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Wilson's glazed eyes turned out to the ashheaps, where small gray clouds took on fantastic shape and scurried here and there in the faint dawn wind. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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But Dick had come away for his soul's sake, and he began thinking about that. He had lost himself
he could not tell the hour when, or the day or the week, the month or the year. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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After his embarrassment and his unreasoning joy he was consumed with wonder at her presence. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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And Yale is November, crisp and energetic. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I want to go to Princeton," said Amory. "I don't know why, but I think of all Harvard men as sissies, like I used to be, and all Yale men as wearing big blue sweaters and smoking pipes." Monsignor -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He raised his right hand and with a papal cross he blessed the beach from the high terrace. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The span of his seventy-five years had acted as a magic bellows - the first quarter-century had blown him full with life, and the last had sucked it all back. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The lawn and drive had been crowded with the faces of those who guessed at his corruption - and he had stood on those steps, concealing his incorruptible dream, as he waved them good-by. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Her beauty climbed the rolling slope, it came into the room, rustling ghost-like through the curtains ... -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Intelligence is measured by a person's ability to see validity within both sides of contradicting arguments. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Sacrifice was no purchase of freedom. Sacrifice by its very nature was arrogant and impersonal. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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No one likes to see people in moods of despair they themselves have survived. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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With the awakening of his emotions, his first perception was a sense of futility, a dull ache at the utter grayness of his life. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I knew that what was left of me would always love you, but never in quite the same way'. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Talk English to me, Tommy.
Parlez francais avec moi, Nicole.
But the meanings are different
in French you can be heroic and gallant with dignity, and you know it. But in English you can't be heroic and gallant without being a little absurd, and you know that too. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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His voice promised that he would take care of her, and that a little later he would open up whole new worlds for her, unroll an endless succession of magnificent possibilities. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Her voice is full of money. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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
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Going to work so as to forget that there was nothing worth working for -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The idea that to make a man work you've got to hold gold in front of his eyes is a growth, not an axiom. We've done that for so long that we've forgotten there's any other way. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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When I want something bad enough, common sense tells me to go and take it
and not get caught. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Amory Blaine inherited from his mother every trait, except the stray inexpressible few, that made him worth while. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The truth was that for some months he had been going through that partitioning of the things of youth wherein it is decided whether or not to die for what one no longer believes. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It excited him, too, that many men had already loved Daisy
it increased her value in his eyes. He felt their presence all about the house, pervading the air with the shades and echoes of still vibrant emotions. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The only way to increase it is to cultivate your own garden. And the only thing that will help you is poetry, which is the most concentrated form of style ... I don't care how clever the other professor is, one can't raise a discussion of modern prose to anything above tea-table level. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The helpless ecstasy of loosing himself in her charm was a powerful opiate rather than a tonic. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The immediate contingency overtook him, pulling him back from the edge of the theoretical abyss. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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For awhile after you quit Keats all other poetry seems to be only whistling or humming. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Never walk near the bed; to a ghost your ankle is your most vulnerable part-once in bed, you're safe; he may lie around under the bed all night, but you're safe as daylight. If you still have doubts pull the blanket over your head. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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You can't repeat the past. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I wouldn't ask too much of her," I ventured. "You can't repeat the past."
"Can't repeat the past? he cried incredulously. "Why of course you can! -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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him the appearance of always leaning aggressively forward. Not -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He snatched out his hand desperately as if to snatch only a wisp of air, to save a fragment of the spot that she had made lovely for him. But it was all going by too fast now for his burred eyes and he knew that he had lost that part of it, the freshest and the best, forever. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I'm a cynical idealist.' He paused and wondered if that meant anything. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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So he tasted the deep pain that is reserved only for the strong, just as he had tasted for a little while the deep happiness. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Kiss me a paragraph and I'll reply with a novel -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Women didn't come into men's rooms and sink into men's Humes. Women brought laundry and took your seat in the street-car and married you later on when you were old enough to know fetters. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I was enjoying myself now. I had taken two finger bowls of champagne and the scene had changed before my eyes into something significant, elemental and profound. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The fruit of youth or of the grape, the transitory magic of the brief passage from darkness to darkness - the old illusion that truth and beauty were in some way entwined. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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
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Into the dark, smoky restaurant, smelling of rich raw foods on the buffet, slid Nicole's sky-blue suit like a stray segment of the weather outside. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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She looked at me and laughed pointlessly. Then she flounced over to the dog, kissed it with ecstasy, and swept into the kitchen, implying that a dozen chefs awaited her orders there. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The room had grown smothery. He wanted to be out in some cool and bitter breeze, miles above the cities, and to live serene and detached back in the corners of his mind -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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You are mysterious, I love you. You're beautiful, intelligent, and virtuous, and that's the rarest known combination. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Most affectations conceal something eventually, even though they don't in the beginning. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I spent my Saturday nights in New York, because those gleaming, dazzling parties of his were with me so vividly that I could still hear the music and the laughter, faint and incessant, from his garden, and the cars going up and down his drive. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It's like lifting off in an airplane: you're on the ground, on the ground, on the ground... and then you're up, riding on a magical cushion of air and prince of all you survey. That makes me happy, because it's what I was made to do. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Action is Character. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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If I hurt your feelings we ought to discuss it. I don't like this kiss-and-forget.'
'But I don't want to argue. I think it's wonderful that we can kiss and forget, and when we can't it'll be time to argue. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I never noticed the stars before. I always thought of them as great big diamonds that belonged to some one. Now they frighten me. They make me feel that it was all a dream, all my youth. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I had traded the fight against love for the fight against loneliness, the fight against life for the fight against death. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I care not who hoes the lettuce of my country if I can eat the salad! -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I began to like New York, the racy, adventurous feel of it at night, and the satisfaction that the constant flicker of men and women and machines gives to the restless eye. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Prose talent depends on having something to say and an interesting, highly developed way of saying it. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Just that I'm not a realist,' he said, and then: 'No, only the romanticist preserves the things worth preserving. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all
Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Whatever I am, you did it. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It was too early in the morning for family patriotism."
-Cecelia Brady -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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For a full minute, our bowels were one with the bowels of the earth--like some nightmare attempt to attach our naval cords again and jerk us back to the womb of creation." -Cecelia Brady describing the earthquake -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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To the wingless a more arresting phenomenon is their dissimilarity in every particular except shape and size. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Her eyebrows had been plucked and then drawn on again at a more rakish angle, but the efforts of nature toward the restoration of the old alignment gave a blurred air to her face. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Sometimes I don't know if Zelda isn't a character that I created myself. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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If the bonus army conquered Washington the lawyer had a boat hidden in the Sacramento River, and he was going to row upstream for a few months and then come back because they always needed lawyers after a revolution to straighten out all the legal side. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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So they were desperately in love and being desperately in love involves a desperate existence. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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How I feel is that if I wanted anything I'd take it. That's what I've always thought all my life. But it happens that I want you, and so I just haven't room for any other desires. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Your first most typical figure in any new place turns out to be a bluff or a local nuisance. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I'm a romantic; a sentimental person thinks things will last, a romantic person hopes against hope that they won't. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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and I was conscious of wanting to look squarely at everyone, and yet to avoid all eyes. I -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Premature success gives one an almost mystical conception of destiny as opposed to will power-at its worst the Napoleonic delusion. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Happened that on a warm windy evening I drove over to East Egg to see two old friends whom I scarcely knew at all. Their house was even more elaborate than -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Suddenly I wasn't thinking of Daisy or Gatsby anymore, but of this clean, hard, limited person, who dealt in universal skepticism, and who leaned back jauntily just within the circle of my arm. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Oh, it isn't that I mind the glittering caste system," admitted Amory. "I like having a bunch of hot cats on top, but gosh, Kerry, I've got to be one of them. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I didn't know till 15 that there was anyone in the world but me,and it cost me plenty. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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There!" she said, as she spread the tablecloth and put the sandwiches in a neat pile upon it. "Don't they look tempting? I always think that food tastes better outdoors."
With that remark," remarked Kismine, "Jasmine enters the Middle class. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Gloria was sure she wanted but to read and dream and be fed tomato sandwiches and lemonades by some angelic servant -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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And she wanted for a moment to hold and devour him, wanted his mouth, his ears, his coat collar, wanted to surround him and engulf him ... -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The most grotesque and fantastic conceits haunted him in his bed at night. A universe of ineffable gaudiness spun itself out in his brain while the clock ticked on the washstand and the moon soaked with wet light his tangled clothes upon the floor. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Grown up, and that is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I've found my line- from now on this comes first. This is my immediate duty- without this I am nothing. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known - and even that is an understatement. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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
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For Daisy was young and her artificial world was redolent of orchids and pleasant, cheerful snobbery and orchestras which set the rhythm of the year, summing up the sadness and suggestiveness of life in new tunes. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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This was because she knew few words and believed in none, and in the world she was rather silent, contributing just her share of urbane humor with a precision that approached meagreness. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Thoughts are Things; things that have a tendency to transform into our reality. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Faces swirled about him, a kaleidoscope of girls, ugly, ugly as sin- too fat, too lean, yet floating upon this autumn air as upon their own warm passionate breaths poured out into the night. Here, for all their vulgarity, he thought, they were faintly and subtly mysterious. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Beware the artist who's an intellectual also. The artist who doesn't fit. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I love this simply because it's cute, and I guess it's a sign of the times in many respect. It's pretty much saying you complete me, only in the sweetest way possible. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I don't like girls in the daytime,' he said shortly, and then thinking this a bit abrupt, he added: 'But I like you.' He cleared his throat. 'I like you first and second and third. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It was pleasant to drive back to the hotel in the late afternoon, above a sea as mysteriously colored as the agates and cornelians of childhood, green as green milk, blue as laundry water, wine dark. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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
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They were both overwhelmed by the sudden flatness that comes over American travellers in quiet foreign places. No stimuli worked upon them, no voices called them from without, no fragments of their own thoughts came suddenly from the minds of others. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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All thought usually reached the public after thirty years in some such form: The man on the street heard the conclusions of some dead genius through someone else's clever paradoxes and didactic epigrams. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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If you want to be prominent, get out and try for something. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I live in a house over there on the Island, and in that house there is a man waiting for me. When he drove up at the door I drove out of the dock because he says I'm his ideal. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Dick tried to plunge over the Alpine crevasse between the sexes. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I became bored - that was all. Boredom, which is another name and a frequent disguise for vitality, became the unconscious motive of all my acts. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Through this twilight universe Daisy began to move again with the season; suddenly she was again keeping half a dozen dates a day with half a dozen men, and drowsing asleep at dawn with the beads and chiffon of an evening dress tangled among dying orchids on the floor beside her bed. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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She confused him and hindered the flow of his ideas. Self-expression had never seemed at once so desirable and so impossible. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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We are all queer fish, queerer behind our faces and voices than we want any one to know or than we know ourselves. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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There are always those to whom all self-revelation is contemptible, unless it ends with a noble thanks to the gods for the Unconquerable Soul. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Well, if someone is a bad driver and all the other drivers around them are good drivers, then they are safe because all the good drivers will dodge the bad driver so that there is no car crash. But if there is another bad driver, then there can be a crash. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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You'll find another.'
God! Banish the thought. Why don't you tell me that 'if the girl had been worth having she'd have waited for you'? No, sir, the girl really worth having won't wait for anybody. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I don't want just words. If that's all you have for me, you'd better go -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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But I always felt that I'd rather be provincial hot-tamale than soup without seasoning. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Some time before he introduced himself I'd got a strong impression that he was picking his words with care. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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
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Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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You're not in love with me. You never wanted to marry me, did you?' 'It was the twilight,' he said wonderingly. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He found something that he wanted, had always wanted and always would want
not to be admired, as he had feared; not to be loved, as he had made himself believe; but to be necessary to people, to be indispensable ... 'very few things matter and nothing matters very much -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The sensuous heat of early afternoon made blinding freckles on the checkered luncheon cloth. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Those days are over. I have to be won all over again every time you see me. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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She was sorry, and rather revolted at his dirty hands, but she laughed in a well-bred way, as though it were nothing unusual to her to watch a man walking in a slow dream. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Here's to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Hae you got everything you need in the shape of-of tea? -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I want excitement; and I don't care what form it takes or what I pay for it, so long as it makes my heart beat. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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We both fitted. If our corners were not rubbed off they were at least pulled in. But deep in us both was something that made us require more for happiness. I didn't know what I wanted -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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She's said to be very beautiful by people who ought to know. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Wilson shook his head. His eyes narrowed and his mouth widened slightly with the ghost of a superior 'Hm!'. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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How the unforgettable faces of dusk would blend to her, the myriad footsteps, a thousand overtures, would blend to her footsteps; and there would be more drunkenness than wine in the softness of her eyes on his. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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There's a difference somewhere. Being a supreme egotist Ardita frequently -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I'm always afraid of a girl - until I've kissed her. SHE: -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The ability to hold two competing thoughts in one's mind and still be able to function is the mark of a superior mind -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I may turn out an intellectual, but I'll never write anything but mediocre poetry. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I've got an adjective that just fits you. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Most of us are content to exist and breed and fight for the right to do both, and the dominant idea, the foredoomed attest to control one's destiny, is reserved for the fortunate or unfortunate few. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Good luck to you and bad luck to your theories. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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A squalid phantasmagoria of breath -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Debut: the first time a young girl is seen drunk in public. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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But his heart was in a constant, turbulent riot. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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When a woman can accept masculine sympathy it is much more satisfactory to her than crying to another girl. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He had angered Providence by resisting too many temptations. There was nothing left but heaven, where he would meet only those who, like him, had wasted earth. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It was Sunday
not a day, but rather a gap between two other days. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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
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Well, it's a fine book, and everybody ought to read it. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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They talk as an English butler might after several years in a Chicago grand-opera company. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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
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She illustrated very simple principles, containing in herself her own doom, but illustrated them so accurately that there was grace in the procedure, and presently Rosemary would try to imitate it. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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At both ends of life man needed nourishment: a breast - a shrine. Something to lay himself beside when no one wanted him further, and shoot a bullet into his head. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I am still a little afraid of missing something if I forget that, as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He differed from the healthy type that was essentially middle class - he never seemed to perspire. Some people couldn't be familiar with a chauffeur without having it returned; -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Amory wondered how people could fail to notice that he was a boy marked for glory, and when faces of the throng turned toward him and ambiguous eyes stared into his, he assumed the most romantic of expressions and walked on the air cushions that lie on the asphalts of fourteen ... -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He cared only about people; he was scarcely conscious of places except for their weather, until they had been invested with color by tangible events. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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And for a moment I thought I loved her. But I am slow-thinking and full of interior rules that act as brakes on my desires -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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And he suddenly realized the meaning of the word 'dissipate'
to dissipate into thin air; to make nothing out of something. In the little hours of the night every move from place to place was an enormous human jump, an increase of paying for the privilege of slower and slower motion. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He felt that if he had a love he would have hung her picture just facing the tub so that, lost in the soothing steamings of the hot water, he might lie and look up at her and muse warmly and sensuously on her beauty. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Similarly we are seldom sorry for those who need and crave our pity--we reserve this for those who, by other means, make us exercise the -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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In two weeks it'll be the longest day in the year ... Do you always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always watch for the longest day in the year and then miss it. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Do you ever wait for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always wait for the longest day of the year and then miss it! -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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
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He's just a man names Gatsby. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Eighteen might look at thirty-four through a rising mist of adolescence, but twenty-two would see thirty-eight with discerning clarity. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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She was a dark, unenduring little flower - yet he thought he detected in her some quality of spiritual reticence, of strength drawn from her passive acceptance of all things. In this he was mistaken. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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But they made no sound and what I had almost remembered was uncommunicable again. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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We're going through the black air with our arms wide and our feet straight out behind like a dolphin's tail, and we're going to think we'll never hit the silver down there till suddenly it'll be all warm round us and full of little kissing, caressing waves. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The table seemed to have risen a little toward the sky like a mechanical dancing platform, giving the people around it a sense of being alone with each other in the dark universe, nourished by its only food, warmed by its only lights. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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But I didn't call to him for he gave a sudden intimation that he was content to be alone - he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and as far as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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 it turned to dust in my hand. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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So we beat on, boats against the current. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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She had been kissed once and made love to six times. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I guess I'm the Black Death,' he said slowly. 'I don't seem to bring people happiness any more. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Never miss a party ... good for the nerves
like celery. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It was a tradition between them that they should never be too tired for anything, and they found it made the days better on the whole and put the evenings more in order. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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There are open wounds, shrunk sometimes to the size of a pin-prick but wounds still. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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My own rule is to let everything alone. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It's so hard to find a male to gratify one's artistic tastes. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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
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He was in an eddy again, a deep, lethargic gulf, without desire to work or write, love or dissipate. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The farmers may be the backbone of the country, but who wants to be a backbone? -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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You have a place in my heart no one else ever could have. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Unlike Gatsby and Tom Buchanan I had no girl whose disembodied face floated along the dark cornices and blinding signs and so I drew up the girl beside me, tightening my arms. Her wan scornful mouth smiled and I drew her up again, closer, this time to my face. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Jay Gatsby: Old sport. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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One emotion after another crept into her face like objects into a slowly developing picture. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I found something! Courage
just that; courage as a rule of life and something to cling to always. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I see you're looking at my cuff buttons.
I hadn't been looking at them, but I did now. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Anything can happen now that we've slid over this bridge, anything at all ... -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He took down his drink as if it were a drop in the bottom of a glass. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The words seemed to bite physically into Gatsby. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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She was overstrained with grief and loneliness: almost any shoulder would have done as well. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Everyone suspects themselves of at least one of the cardinal virtues ... -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Her husband, among various physical accomplishments, had been one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Haven-a national figure in a way, one of those men who reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one that everything afterward savours of anti-climax. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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After all, in the very casualness of Gatsby's party there were romantic possibilities totally absent from her world. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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They're a rotten crowd', I shouted across the lawn. 'You're worth the whole damn bunch put together. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I was a little shocked at the elaborateness of the lie. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It was the hour of a profound human change, and excitement was generating on the air. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I'm p-paralyzed with happiness. - She laughed again, as if she said something very witty, and held my hand for a moment, looking up into my face, promising that there was no one in the world she so much wanted to see. That was a way she had. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It was this night that he told me the strange story of his youth with Dan Cody - told it to me because "Jay Gatsby" had broken up like glass against Tom's hard malice, and the long secret extravaganza was played out. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I found myself on Gatsby's side and alone. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Gatsby looked at Daisy in a way that every young girl wanted to be looked at -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Books are like brothers. I am an only child. Gatsby [is] my imaginary eldest brother. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Human sympathy has its limits. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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My hair-- bob it! -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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And so we beat on, books against the critics, borne back ceaslessly into rewrites. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter - to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther ... And one fine morning
-- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Is your underwear purple, too? -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The soldiers don't know what they want, or what they hate, or what they like. They're used to acting in large bodies, and they seem to have to make demonstrations. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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To be afraid, a person has either to be very great and strong
or else a coward. I'm neither. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Oh, sleep that dreams, and dream that never tires, press from the petals of the lotus flower something of this to keep, the essence of an hour. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Then it was all true. I saw the skins of tigers flaming in his palace on the Grand Canal; I saw him opening a chest of rubies to ease, with their crimson-lighted depths, the gnawings of his broken heart. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He's sensitive and I don't want him to break his heart over somebody who doesn't care about him. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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At fifteen you had the radiance of early morning, at twenty you will begin to have the melancholy brilliance of the moon. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It's just because I love the past that I want this house to look back on its glamourous moment of youth and beauty, and I want its stairs to creak as if to the footsteps of women with hoop skirts and men in boots and spurs. But they've made it into a blondined, rouged-up old woman of sixty. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I might have enjoyed the company of a woman or two ... Or three but that had never
stopped me from loving you. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Forgotten is forgiven. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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When a girl feels that she's perfectly groomed and dressed she can forget that part of her. That's charm -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The world is so overgrown that it can't lift its own fingers, and I was planning to be such an important finger- -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Life is much more successfully looked at from a single window. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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New friends can often have a better time together than old friends. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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At any rate, let us love for a while, for a year or so, you and me. That's a form of divine drunkenness that we can all try. There are only diamonds in the whole world, diamonds and perhaps the shabby gift of disillusion. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Junior writers $300; Minor poets - $500 a week; Broken novelists - $850-1000; One play dramatists - $1500; Sucks - $2000. Wits - $2500. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Writers aren't exactly people ... They're a whole bunch of people trying to be one person. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Rather nice night, after all. Stars are out and everything. Exceptionally tasty assortment of them. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Exploration was for those with a measure of peasant blood, those with big thighs and thick ankles who could take punishment as they took bread and salt, on every inch of flesh and spirit. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Now, Max, I have told you many times that you are my publisher, and permanently, as far as one can fling about the word in this too mutable world....The idea of leaving you has never for one single moment entered my head. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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There is a moment - Oh, just before the first kiss, a whispered word - something that makes it worth while. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Do you believe in bobbed hair?" asked G. Reece in the same undertone.
"I think it's unmoral," affirmed Bernice gravely. "But, of course, you've either got to amuse people or feed'em or shock'em. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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"I was counting the waves", replied Amory gravely, "I'm going in for statistics". -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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All I kept thinking about, over and over, was 'You can't live forever; you can't live forever. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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You have to develop a conscience and if on top of that you have talent so much the better. But if you have talent without conscience, you are just one of many thousand journalists. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Modern life changes no longer century by century, but year by year, ten times faster than it ever has before ... -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I'm inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Boredom is not an end-product, is comparatively rather an early stage in life and art. You've got to go by or past or through boredom, as through a filter, before the clear product emerges. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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
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Incessantly she puzzled him: one hour so intimate and charming, striving desperately toward an unguessed, transcendent union; the next, silent and cold, apparently unmoved by any consideration of their love or anything he could say. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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If I knew words enough, I could write the longest love letter in the world and never get tired -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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You've got an awfully kissable mouth. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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But you can love more than just one person, can't you? -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I love her and that is the beginning and the end of everything. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I want to do everything in the world with you. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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As we passed over the dark bridge her wan face fell lazily against my coat's shoulder and the formidable stroke of thirty died away with the reassuring pressure of her hand. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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When you're older you'll know what people who love suffer. The agony. It's better to be cold and young than to love. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Tireless passion, fierce jealousy, longing to possess and crush-these alone were left of all his love for Rosalind; these remained to him as payment for the loss of his youth-bitter calomel under the thin sugar of love's exaltation. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The war spirit's getting into me again. I have a hundred years of Ohio love behind me and I'm going to bomb out this trench. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Actually that's my secret - I can't even talk about you to anybody because I don't want any more people to know how wonderful you are. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Stahr's eyes and Kathleen's met and tangled. For an instant they made love as no one ever dares to do after. Their glance was slower than an embrace, more urgent than a call. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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His dark eyes took me in, and I wondered what they would look like if he fell in love. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I love her and that's the beginning of everything ... -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The very qualities I love you for are the ones that will always make you a failure. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I wasn't actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Well, let it pass, he thought; April is over, April is over. There are all kinds of love in the world, but never the same love twice.
The Sensible Thing -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He supposed many men meant no more than that when they said they were in love- not a wild submerge cd of soul, a dipping of all colors into an obscuring dye, such as his love for Nicile had been. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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This is all. It's been very rare to have known you, very strange and wonderful. But this wouldn't do - and wouldn't last. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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There are all kinds of love in the world, but never the same love twice. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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If you're in love it ought to make you happy. You ought to laugh. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Why shouldn't he? All life is just a progression toward and then a recession from one phrase
'I love you -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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But this can't be true! I can understand, of course, their obedience to women of charm - but to fat women? To bony women? To women with scrawny cheeks? -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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All I think of ever is that I love you. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Men don't often know those times when a girl could be had for nothing. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I'm not sentimental
I'm as romantic as you are. The idea, you know,
is that the sentimental person thinks things will last
the romantic
person has a desperate confidence that they won't. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Once one is caught up into the material world not one person in ten thousand finds the time to form literary taste, to examine the validity of philosophic concepts for himself, or to form what, for lack of a better phrase, I might call the wise and tragic sense of life. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Sometimes i wish i'd been an englishman; american life is so damned dumb and stupid and healthy -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Standing behind him, Michaelis saw with a shock that he was looking at the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg, which had just emerged, pale and enormous, from the dissolving night. "God sees everything," repeated Wilson. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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no need to ask what girl he referred to. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I'm very damn wet!' he said aloud to the sundial. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He felt a discrepancy between the growing luxury in which the Divers lived & the need for display which apparently went along with it, -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The trouble is that sometimes she gets foolish ideas in her head and doesn't know what she's doing. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Wine gave a sort of gallantry to their own failure. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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You are bound to go up and down, just as I did in my youth, but do keep your clarity of mind, and if fools or sages dare to criticise don't blame yourself too much. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I never care what I do, so I always have a good time. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He had made his choice, chosen Ophelia, chosen the sweet poison and drunk it. Wanting above all to brave and kind, he had wanted, even more than that, to be loved. So it had been. So it would ever be ... -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It's a funny thing about comin' home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You'll realize what's changed is you. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Collis, unaware that he was without a wedding garment, heralded his arrival with: I reckon I'm late
the beyed has flown. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He was intensely ritualistic, startlingly dramatic, loved the idea of God enough to be a celibate, and rather liked his neighbour. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Life cracked like ice! -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Once a change of direction has begun, even though it's the wrong one, it still tends to clothe itself as thoroughly in the appurtenances of Tightness as if it had been a natural all along. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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If truth is the end of life happiness is a mode of it, to be cherished in its brief and tremulous moment. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Women are necessarily capable of almost anything in their struggle for survival and can scarcely be convicted of such man-made crimes as cruelty. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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That's going to be your trouble - judgment about yourself.
(Tender is the Night) -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I want to know you moved and breathed in the same world with me. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The lawn started at the beach and ran toward the front door for a quarter of a mile, jumping over sun-dials and brick walks and burning gardens - finally when it reached the house drifting up the side in bright vines as though from the momentum of its run. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I can do the one hundred things beyond the next thing, but I stub my toe on that, -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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The extraordinary thing is not that people in a lifetime turn out worse or better than we had prophesied; particularly in America that is to be expected. The extraordinary thing is how people keep their levels, fulfill their promises, seem actually buoyed up by an inevitable destiny. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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If all your clothes are worn to the same state, it means you go out too much. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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I have lived hard and ruined the essential innocence [sic] in myself that could make it that possible [sic], and the fact that I have abused liquor is something to be paid for with suffering and death perhaps but not renunciation. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Clark," she said softly, "I wouldn't change you for the world.
You're sweet the way you are. The things that'll make you fail
I'll love always
the living in the past, the lazy days and
nights you have, and all your carelessness and generosity. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He knew women early and since they spoiled him he became contemptuous of them, of young virgins because they were ignorant, of the others because they were hysterical about things which in his overwhelming self-absorption he took for granted. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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Wilson? He thinks she goes to see her sister in New York. He's so dumb he doesn't know he's alive. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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She plucked a twig and broke it, but she found no spring in it. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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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
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Hard to sit here and be close to you, and not kiss you. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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He felt persistently that the girl was beautiful- then of a sudden he understood: it was her distance, not a rare and precious distance of soul but still distance, if only in terrestrial yards. -- F Scott Fitzgerald
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It was your little white soul I tried to keep near me- even when life was at its loudest and every intellectual idea of God seemed the sheerest mockery. - F. Scott Fitzgerald, Benediction -- F Scott Fitzgerald