67+ Best F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American fiction writer of novels and short stories, whose works helped to illustrate the flamboyance and excess of the Jazz Age. He is now regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Profound F. Scott Fitzgerald quotes will enrich your perspective and inspire you to live your best life.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. Whenever you feel like criticizing any one, he told me, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

The idea, you know, is that the sentimental person thinks things will last  the romantic person has a desperate confidence that they won’t. F. Scott Fitzgerald

I hope she’ll be a fool that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

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

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

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

When the first rate author wants an exquisite heroine or a lovely morning, he finds that all the superlatives have been worn shoddy by his inferiors. F.Scott Fitzgerald

Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away. F. Scott Fitzgerald

It should be a rule that bad writers must start with plain heroines and ordinary mornings, and, if they are able, work up to something better. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

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

I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Why don’t you tell me that if the girl had been worth having she’d have waited for you? No, sir, the girl really worth having won’t wait for anybody. F. Scott Fitzgerald

And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy F. Scott Fitzgerald

For a while I lost sight of Jordan Baker, and then in midsummer I found her again. I wasn’t actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

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

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

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

You belong. F. Scott Fitzgerald

He smiled understandingly much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced or seemed to face the whole eternal world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey. F. Scott Fitzgerald

If I knew words enough, I could write the longest love letter in the world and never get tired. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

And in the end, we were all just humans. Drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness. F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’m not sentimental I’m as romantic as you are. The idea, you know, is that the sentimental person thinks things will last the romantic person has a desperate confidence that they won’t. F. Scott Fitzgerald

The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American. F.Scott Fitzgerald

You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad things that happened to me. F. Scott Fitzgerald

You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad things that happened to me. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

Life is a comedy for those who think and a tragedy for those who feel. F.Scott Fitzgerald

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

I hope you live a life you’re proud of and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over. F. Scott Fitzgerald

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. Whenever you feel like criticizing any one, he told me, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Intelligence is measured by a person’s ability to see validity within both sides of contradicting arguments. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope. F. Scott Fitzgerald

For what it’s worth, it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. F.Scott Fitzgerald

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

I’m a romantic. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Things are sweeter when they’re lost. I know because once I wanted something and got it. It was the only thing I ever wanted badly, Dot, and when I got it it turned to dust in my hand. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars. F. Scott Fitzgerald

I suppose all great happiness is a little sad. Beauty means the scent of roses and then the death of roses. F.Scott Fitzgerald

I couldn’t forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard drinking people. F. Scott Fitzgerald

His mind tired tired with nothing, tired with everything, with the world’s weight he had never chosen to bear. F. Scott Fitzgerald

So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Things are sweeter when they’re lost. I know because once I wanted something and got it. It was the only thing I ever wanted badly. F. Scott Fitzgerald

I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life. F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’ve always suspected that early rising in early life makes one nervous. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Actually that’s my secret  I can’t even talk about you to anybody because I don’t want any more people to know how wonderful you are. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

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

Yet from this fog his affection emerged  the best contacts are when one knows the obstacles and still wants to preserve a relation. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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. F. Scott Fitzgerald

There is a moment Oh, just before the first kiss, a whispered Word something that makes it worth while. F. Scott Fitzgerald

A woman should be able to kiss a man beautifully and romantically without any desire to be either his wife or his mistress. F. Scott Fitzgerald

One writes of scars healed, a loose parallel to the pathology of the skin, but there is no such thing in the life of an individual. There are open wounds, shrunk sometimes to the size of a pin prick but wounds still. The marks of suffering are more comparable to the loss of a finger, or of the sight of an eye. We may not miss them, either, for one minute in a year, but if we should there is nothing to be done about it. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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