F Scott Fitzgerald Inspirational Quotes

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So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)
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I hope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)
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It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
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It was always the becoming he dreamed of, never the being.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (This Side of Paradise)
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For what it's worth: it's never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you're proud of, and if you find you're not, I hope you have the strength to start over again.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
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But I suppose you must touch life in order to spring from it.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tender Is the Night)
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It eluded us then, but that’s no matterβ€”tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And then one fine morningβ€” So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)
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I love her and that's the beginning and end of everything.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)
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A phrase began to beat in my ears with a sort of heady excitement: "There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)
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She was beautiful, but not like those girls in magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. No, she wasn't beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul. She is beautiful.
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I'll drink your champagne. I'll drink every drop of it, I don't care if it kills me.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (Gatsby Girls)
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There's no substitute for will. Sometimes you have to fake will when you don't feel it at all.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Love of the Last Tycoon)
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Often people display a curious respect for a man drunk, rather like the respect of simple races for the insane. Respect rather than fear. There is something awe-inspiring in one who has lost all inhibitions, who will do anything. Of course we make him pay afterward for his moment of superiority, his moment of impressiveness.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tender Is the Night)
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It was testimony to the romantic speculation he inspired that there were whispers about him from those who had found little that it was necessary to whisper about in this world.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)
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My courage is faith--faith in the eternal resilience of me--that joy'll come back, and hope and spontaneity. And I feel that till it does I've got to keep my lips shut and my chin high and my eyes wide--not necessarily any silly smiling. Oh, I've been through hell without a whine quite often--and the female hell is deadlier than the male.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (Gatsby Girls)
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I found something! Courage--just that; courage as a rule of life and something to cling to always.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Work like hell! I had 122 rejection slips before I sold a story.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
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He looked around him wildly, as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)
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I could never be a Communist. I could never be regimented. I could never be told what to write.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
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There is something awe-inspiring in one who has lost all inhibitions, who will do anything. Of course we make him pay afterward for his moment of superiority, his moment of impressiveness.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tender Is the Night)
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Her fine high forehead sloped gently up to where her hair, bordering it like an armorial shield, burst into lovelocks and waves and curlicues of ash blonde and gold. Her eyes were bright, big, clear, wet and shining, the colour of her cheeks was real, breaking close to the surface from the strong young pump of her heart. Her body hovered delicately on the last edge of childhood -- she was almost eighteen, nearly complete, but the dew was still on her.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tender Is the Night)
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This general eclipse of ambition and determination and fortitude, all of the very qualities on which I have prided myself, is ridiculous, and, I must admit, somewhat obscene.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
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My generation of radicals and breakers-down never found anything to take the place of the old virtues of work and courage and the old graces of courtesy and politeness.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Is your generation so soft that they talk of going to pieces if life doesn't always present itself in terms of beautiful, easy decisions?
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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You probably think you know...The failure and the success both believe in their hearts that they have accurately balanced points of view, the success because he's succeeded, and the failure because he's failed. The successful man tells his son to profit by his father's good fortune, and the failure tells his son to profit by his father's mistakes.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Beautiful and the Damned)
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Communism as I see it has no place in the United States, and the American people will not stand for its teachings.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The clean book bill will be one of the most immoral measures ever adopted. It will throw American art back into the junk heap.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
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You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Ne gariptir, acıdan kaçınmaya çalışırken, bazen bizi o noktaya getiren ayak izlerinin bir bir üzerinden geçmek gerekebilir.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tender Is the Night)
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Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald
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LJS Quote 2 Motivate (Quotes For Writers: Inspiration, Advice, Humor & Motivational Stories From Famous Authors)
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Why shouldn’t I? I demand silently. Why shouldn’t I become a famous writer? Like Norman Mailer. Or Philip Roth. And F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hemmingway and all those other men. Why can’t I be like them? I mean, what is the point of becoming a writer if no one reads what you’ve written? Damn Viktor Greene and The New School. Why do I have to keep proving myself all of the time? Why can’t I be like L’il, with everyone praising and encouraging me? Or Rainbow, with her sense of entitlement. I bet Viktor Greene never asked Rainbow why she wanted to be a writer. Or what if-I wince-Viktor Greene is right? I’m not a writer after all.
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Candace Bushnell (Summer and the City (The Carrie Diaries, #2))
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Poetry is either something that lives like fire inside you - like music to the musician or Marxism to the communist - or else it is nothing, an empty, formalized bore around which pedants can endlessly drone their notes and explanations.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (A Life in Letters)
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Whenever any of these new writers come up who are brilliant, I always realize that you have more talent and more skill than any of them;---but circumstances have prevented you from realizing upon the fact for a long time. [About F. Scott Fitzgerald]
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Maxwell Perkins (Dear Scott/Dear Max: The Fitzgerald-Perkins Correspondence)
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A good style simply doesn't form unless you absorb half a dozen top flight authors every year. Or rather it forms but, instead of being a subconscious amalgam of all that you have admired, it is simply a reflection of the last writer you have read, a watered-down journaleese.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (A Life in Letters)
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Often people display a curious respect for a man drunk, rather like the respect of simple races for the insane. Respect rather than fear. There is something awe-inspiring in one who has lost all inhibitions, who will do anything. Of course we make him pay afterward for his moment of superiority,
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tender is the Night)
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I have lived so long within the circle of this book [Tender Is The Night] and with these characters that often it seems to me that the real world does not exist but that only these characters exist, and, however pretentious that remark sounds....it is an absolute fact---so much so that their glees and woes are just exactly as important to me as what happens in life.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
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NΓ£o hΓ‘ fogo nem frescura, por muito grandes que sejam, capazes de competir com os fantasmas que, no seu Γ­ntimo, um homem consegue armazenar.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
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_If it wasnΒ΄t for the mist we could see your home across the bay_ said Gatsby_ your always have a green light that burns all night under your dock.
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Art invariably grows out of a period when, in general, the artist admires his own nation and wants to win its approval.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Artistic temperament is like a king with vigor and unlimited opportunity. You shake the structure to pieces by playing with it.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Personality is a physical matter almost entirely; it lowers the people it acts on - I've seen it vanish in a long sickness. But while a personality is active, it overrides 'the next thing.' Now a personage, on the other hand, gathers. He is never thought of apart from what he's done. He's a bar on which a thousand things have been hung β€” glittering things sometimes, as ours are; but he uses those things with a cold mentality back of them.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (This Side of Paradise)
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A writer must find his own grain, way, bent. ...He aspires to create new and original works. His way is alone. If he succumbs to ideologies, he turns into a mouthpiece. He must hang on to his identity for dear life. In the end he must rely on his own judgment. It’s the only way to survive as a writer and an artist.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Now, Max, I have told you many times that you are my publisher, and permanently, as far as one can fling about the word in this too mutable world....The idea of leaving you has never for one single moment entered my head.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
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In my opinion, Fiction is a figment of our imagination & it causes us to dream but Reality taints dreams, and the F.scott Fitzgerald has clearly depicted this in The Great Gatsby.
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Parul Wadhwa (The Masquerade)
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Riches have never fascinated me, unless combined with the greatest charm or distinction.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
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We all turned and looked around for Gatsby. It was testimony to the romantic speculation he inspired that there were whispers about him from those who found little that it was necessary to whisper about in this world.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)
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My life... my life has got to be like this. It's got to keep going up.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)
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They're a rotten crowd. You're worth the whole damn bunch put together.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)
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She narrowed her eyes and shivered. Lucille shivered. We all turned and looked around for Gatsby. It was testimony to the romantic speculation he inspired that there were whispers about him from those who had found little that it was necessary to whisper about in this world.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)
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The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” β€”F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Thomas Benigno (The Criminal Lawyer (Good Lawyer, #2))