106+ 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

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

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

Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat; the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle. ― 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

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I won’t kiss you. It might get to be a habit and I can’t get rid of habits. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Human sympathy has its limits. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

What’ll we do with ourselves this afternoon? And the day after that, and the next thirty years? ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Her beauty was cool as this damp breeze, as the moist softness of her own lips. ― 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

I was a little shocked at the elaborateness of the lie. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

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Life is much more successfully looked at from a single window. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

It’s just that I feel so sad these wonderful nights. I sort of feel they’re never coming again, and I’m not really getting all I could out of them. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

You’ll understand why storms are named after people. ― 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

f scott fitzgerald quotes on books

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

Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

Unforgettable F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes on Love, Happiness and Life

My whole theory of writing I can sum up in one sentence. An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward. ― 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. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Suddenly he was inside the radius of her perfume and kissing her breathlessly. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

He seduces her because she is slipping away – she lets herself be seduced because of overwhelming admiration. Once settled, it is sensual, breathless, immediate, then gentle and tender for a while. ― 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. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. ― 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

He felt that he was leaving behind him his chance of being a certain type of artist. It seemed so much more important to be a certain sort of man. ― 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. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

Our thoughts were frosty mist along the eaves; our two ghosts kissed, high on the long, mazed wires – eerie half-laughter echoes here and leaves only a fatuous sigh for young desires; regret has followed after things she loved, leaving the great husk. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say. ― 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

I wish I was in print. It will be odd a year or so from now when Scottie assures her friends I was an author and finds that no book is procurable. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

What must love itself in its fullness, its perfection be. He did not know that what he was experiencing then, that unreal, undesirous medley of ecstasy and peace, would be unrecapturable forever. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’m a romantic; a sentimental person thinks things will last, a romantic person hopes against hope that they won’t. ― 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

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you. ― 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

Top F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes On Writing, Corruption, And Disillusion

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

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

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

Everybody’s youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness. ― 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. ― 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. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

The faces of most American women over thirty are relief maps of petulant and bewildered unhappiness. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide. ― 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

Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

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

They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can! ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

They’re a rotten crowd’, I shouted across the lawn. ‘You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

God! Banish the thought. 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

Here’s to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life. ― 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

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

There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice. ― 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

There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams — not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

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

I don’t want just words. If that’s all you have for me, you’d better go. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

Famous F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes

His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy’s white face came up to his own. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed like a flower and the incarnation was complete. ― 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

No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

It takes two to make an accident. ― 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

It was always the becoming he dreamed of, never the being. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

He looked at her the way all women want to be looked at by a man. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him. ― 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

Writers aren’t people exactly. Or, if they’re any good, they’re a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

I love her, and that’s the beginning and end of everything. ― 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

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

There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mind… ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

…and for a moment I thought I loved her. But I am slow-thinking and full of interior rules that act as brakes on my desires. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’m a cynical idealist. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Do you ever wait for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always wait for the longest day of the year and then miss it! ― 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

New friends can often have a better time together than old friends. ― 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. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

I hope something happens. I’m restless as the devil and have a horror of getting fat or falling in love and growing domestic. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

People over forty can seldom be permanently convinced of anything. At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

You’re the only girl I’ve seen for a long time that actually did look like something blooming. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth, but there was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget: a singing compulsion, a whispered “Listen,” a promise that she had done gay, exciting things just a while since and that there were gay, exciting things hovering in the next hour. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

You’re not sorry to go, of course. With people like us our home is where we are not… No one person in the world is necessary to you or to me. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

I shall go on shining as a brilliantly meaningless figure in a meaningless world. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

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

Strange children should smile at each other and say, “Let’s play.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

It seemed that the only lover she had ever wanted was a lover in a dream. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

Life is so damned hard, so damned hard… It just hurts people and hurts people, until finally it hurts them so that they can’t be hurt ever any more. That’s the last and worst thing it does. ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

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