37 F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes Every Literary Enthusiast Must Read

Scott Fitzgerald, born on 24 September 1896 to a salesman father and an Irish-Catholic mother, was a typical American writer, famous for depicting turbulent personal life, relationships, and problems in the marriage. He was a satirist of the culture of wealth, extravagance and ambition that emerged during the well-off 1920s, also called the Jazz age. At the age of 24, the success of his first novel, This Side of Paradise, made him immediately famous. One week later, he married the woman he loved, Zelda Sayre. However soon Fitzgerald descended into drinking and his wife had a mental breakdown.

After the unsuccessful Tender Is the Night, Fitzgerald moved to Hollywood and became a scriptwriter. His most popular novel is The Great Gatsby. With the final novel The Last Tycoon, only half completed, he died of a heart attack in 1940, at age 44. Fitzgerald died believing himself a failure, for not having much commercial success but today, he is considered the most extraordinary member of the “Lost Generation” and the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Here are the best F. Scott Fitzgerald quotes for every literary enthusiast.

1. No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy. – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

3. I want to know you moved and breathed in the same world with me.  – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

4. That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong. – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

5. The ability to hold two competing thoughts in one’s mind and still be able to function is the mark of a superior mind. – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

6. I’m a slave to my emotions, to my likes, to my hatred of boredom, to most of my desires. – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

7. Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure. – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

8. I don’t care about truth. I want some happiness. – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

9. There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired. – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

10. The world, as a rule, does not live on beaches and in country clubs. – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

11. Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.  – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

12. All I kept thinking about, over and over, was ‘You can’t live forever; you can’t live forever. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

13. 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. – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

14. There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice. – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

15. Great books write themselves, only bad books have to be written. – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

16. You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say. – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

17. Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues. – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

18. Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

19. What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story. – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

20. Life is much more successfully looked at from a single window. – F. Scott Fitzgerald quotes

21. Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke. – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

22. It takes two to make an accident.  – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

23. So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.  – F. Scott Fitzgerald

24. I wasn’t actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity. – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

25. Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

26. Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

27. I love her, and that’s the beginning and end of everything. – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

28. Strange children should smile at each other and say, ‘Let’s play.’ – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

29. I may turn out an intellectual, but I’ll never write anything but mediocre poetry. – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

30. All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath. – F. Scott Fitzgerald quotes

31. I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life. – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

32. The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun. – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

33. I don’t want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.  – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

34. It is not life that’s complicated, it’s the struggle to guide and control life.  – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

35. The world only exists in your eyes. You can make it as big or as small as you want.  – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

36. Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone…just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.  – F. Scott Fitzgerald  

37. Well, you never knew exactly how much space you occupied in people’s lives.  – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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