F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes

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... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

There are no second acts in American lives... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

The world, as a rule, does not live on beaches and in country clubs... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

The victor belongs to the spoils... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

To a profound pessimist about life, being in danger is not depressing... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

The faces of most American women over thirty are relief maps of petulant and bewildered unhappiness... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

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... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

To write it, it took three months.. view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Trouble has no necessary connection with discouragement. Discouragement has a germ of its own, as different from trouble as arthritis is different from a stiff joint... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

The compensation of a very early success is a conviction that life is a romantic matter. In the best sense one stays young... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

When people are taken out of their depths they lose their heads, no matter how charming a bluff they may put up... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Switzerland is a country where very few things begin, but many things end... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

You can stroke people with words... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

What'll we do with ourselves this afternoon? And the day after that, and the next thirty years?.. view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

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... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Action is character... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

After all, life hasn't much to offer except youth, and I suppose for older people, the love of youth in others... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Only remember west of the Mississippi it's a little more look, see, act. A little less rationalize, comment, talk... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Riches have never fascinated me, unless combined with the greatest charm or distinction... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Scratch a Yale man with both hands and you'll be lucky to find a coast-guard. Usually you find nothing at all... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Some men have a necessity to be mean, as if they were exercising a faculty which they had to partially neglect since early childhood... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

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... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

My idea is always to reach my generation. The wise writer writes for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

His was a great sin who first invented consciousness. Let us lose it for a few hours... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart where God put it, on the inside... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

I'm a romantic.. view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

I've been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

It is in the thirties that we want friends. In the forties we know they won't save us any more than love did... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald

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... view

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald