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Quotations From F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

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  • 31.
    One of those men who reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one that everything afterward savors of anti-climax.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Narrator (Nick Carraway) describing Tom Buchanan, in The Great Gatsby, ch. 1 (1925).
  • 32.
    The hangover became a part of the day as well allowed-for as the Spanish siesta.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. First published in Esquire (New York, July 1932). My Lost City, The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
  • 33.
    To a profound pessimist about life, being in danger is not depressing.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Quoted in Andrew Turnbull, Scott Fitzgerald, ch. 6 (1962).

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  • 34.
    Action is character.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Notes for The Last Tycoon, "Hollywood, Etc.," (1941).
  • 35.
    The easiest way to get a reputation is to go outside the fold, shout around for a few years as a violent atheist or a dangerous radical, and then crawl back to the shelter.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook O," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
  • 36.
    Scratch a Yale man with both hands and you'll be lucky to find a coast-guard. Usually you find nothing at all.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook O," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945). Fitzgerald studied at Princeton.
  • 37.
    Young people do not perceive at once that the giver of wounds is the enemy and the quoted tattle merely the arrow.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook O," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).

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  • 38.
    There never was a good biography of a good novelist. There couldn't be. He is too many people, if he's any good.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook L," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).

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  • 39.
    Shakespeare—whetting, frustrating, surprising and gratifying.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook L," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
  • 40.
    Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook L," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
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