18 Timeless F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes

F. Scott Fitzgerald was one of the most well-known voices of the Jazz Age. He dedicated most of his literary career to the study and interpretation of the 1920s flapper, otherwise known as the modern woman. Whether or not Fitzgerald did a good job of it is up to you to decide. What’s inarguable is that the man had a knack for beautiful prose. This listicle is best enjoyed between Z: The Beginning of Everything episodes. (Disclaimer: we haven’t watched it yet, so who knows.)

1. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The Great Gatsby

2. “That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”

3. “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”

4. “And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.” The Great Gatsby

5. “You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”

6. “It was always the becoming he dreamed of, never the being.” This Side of Paradise

7. “Here’s to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life.” The Beautiful and Damned

8. “There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.” The Great Gatsby

9. “First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”

10. “Writers aren’t people exactly. Or, if they’re any good, they’re a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person.” The Love of the Last Tycoon

11. “I’m a cynical idealist.” This Side of Paradise

12. “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—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther … And one fine morning—” The Great Gatsby

13. “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.” Tender Is the Night

14. “People over forty can seldom be permanently convinced of anything. At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide.” – “Bernice Bobs Her Hair”

15. “Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever. Compared to the great distance that had separated him from Daisy it had seemed very near to him, almost touching her. It had seemed as close as a star to the moon. Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted things had diminished by one.” The Great Gatsby

16. “Don’t let yourself feel worthless: often through life you will really be at your worst when you seem to think best of yourself; and don’t worry about losing your “personality,” as you persist in calling it: at fifteen you had the radiance of early morning, at twenty you will begin to have the melancholy brilliance of the moon, and when you are my age you will give out, as I do, the genial golden warmth of 4 p.m.” This Side of Paradise

17. “Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure.”

18. “No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.” The Great Gatsby

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