Quotations From F. SCOTT FITZGERALD


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  • I talk with the authority of failure—Ernest with the authority of success. We could never sit across the same table again.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook L," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945). Referring to his relationship with Ernest Hemingway.

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  • Men get to be a mixture of the charming mannerisms of the women they have known.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook G," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).

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  • Any walk through a park that runs between a double line of mangy trees and passes brazenly by the ladies' toilet is invariably known as "Lover's Lane."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook E," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
  • All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Letter (undated) to his daughter Frances Scott Fitzgerald. The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).

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  • Switzerland is a country where very few things begin, but many things end.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook E," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
  • No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook E," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
  • Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook E," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
  • No such thing as a man willing to be honest—that would be like a blind man willing to see.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook E," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
  • You can stroke people with words.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook O," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).

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  • What'll we do with ourselves this afternoon? And the day after that, and the next thirty years?
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Daisy Buchanan, in The Great Gatsby, ch. 7 (1925).
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