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  • An idea ran back and forward in his head like a blind man, knocking over the solid furniture.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook M," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
  • 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 (1896-1940), U.S. author. Baby Warren, in Tender is the Night, bk. 3, ch. 12 (1934).

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  • Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. The narrator (Nick Carraway), in The Great Gatsby, ch. 3 (1925).
  • To write it, it took three months; to conceive it three minutes; to collect the data in it—all my life.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. A letter to the Booksellers' Convention, April 1920. The Author's Apology, The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald, ed. Andrew Turnbull (1963). Referring to his novel This Side of Paradise.

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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 (1896-1940), U.S. author. Amory Blaine, in This Side of Paradise, bk. 2, ch. 5 (1920).

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  • Only remember—west of the Mississippi it's a little more look, see, act. A little less rationalize, comment, talk.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Letter, summer 1934, to Fitzgerald's biographer and editor of his letters Andrew Turnbull. The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald, ed. Andrew Turnbull (1963).

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  • At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Bernice Bobs Her Hair, sct. 2 (1920).
  • Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. The narrator (Nick Carraway), in The Great Gatsby, ch. 3 (1925).
  • 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 (1896-1940), U.S. author. An unnamed guest at one of Gatsby's parties, in The Great Gatsby, ch. 3 (1925).
  • Either you think—or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Nicole's thoughts, in Tender Is the Night, bk. 3, ch. 7 (1934).

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