47+ Best Jay Gatsby Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Jay Gatsby is the title character of the 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby. Profoundly inspirational Jay Gatsby quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

Famous Jay Gatsby Quotes

No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart. – Jay Gatsby

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And then one fine morning—So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. – Jay Gatsby

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, – Jay Gatsby

Once in a while I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back, and in my heart I love her all the time. – Jay Gatsby

In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars. – Jay Gatsby

It takes two to make an accident. – Jay Gatsby

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. – Jay Gatsby

Her voice is full of money, he said suddenly. That was it. I’d never understood before. It was full of money—that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals’ song of it. – Jay Gatsby

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. – Jay Gatsby

Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead. – Jay Gatsby

He hurried the phrase educated at Oxford, or swallowed it, or choked on it, as though it had bothered him now. And with this doubt, his whole statement fell to pieces, and I wondered if there wasn’t something a little sinister about him, after all. – Jay Gatsby

If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away. – Jay Gatsby

It excited him, too, that many men had already loved Daisy—it increased her value in his eyes. – Jay Gatsby

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. – Jay Gatsby

He looked at her the way all women want to be looked at by a man. – Jay Gatsby

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

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. – Jay Gatsby

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. – Jay Gatsby

I hope she’ll be a fool — that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool. – Jay Gatsby

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. – Jay Gatsby

The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God—a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that—and he must be about His Father’s business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end. – Jay Gatsby

It was testimony to the romantic speculation [Gatsby] inspired that there were whispers about him from those who had found little that it was necessary to whisper about in this world. – Jay Gatsby

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice – Jay Gatsby

As I walked on I was lonely no longer. I was a guide, a pathfinder, an original settler. – Jay Gatsby

Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope. – Jay Gatsby

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. – Jay Gatsby

Human sympathy has its limits, and we were contented to let all their tragic arguments fade with the city lights behind. – Jay Gatsby

Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can! – Jay Gatsby

[Gatsby] must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream. He must have looked up at an unfamiliar sky through frightening leaves and shivered as he found what a grotesque thing a rose is and how raw the sunlight was upon the scarcely created grass. – Jay Gatsby

People disappeared, reappeared, made plans to go somewhere, and then lost each other, searched for each other, found each other a few feet away. – Jay Gatsby

I was looking at an elegant young roughneck, a year or two over thirty, whose elaborate formality of speech just missed being absurd. – Jay Gatsby

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. – Jay Gatsby

Life is much more successfully looked at from a single window. – Jay Gatsby

There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired. – Jay Gatsby

I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy. – Jay Gatsby

Whenever you feel like criticizing any one… just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages you’ve had. – Jay Gatsby

So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight. – Jay Gatsby

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. – Jay Gatsby

Tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. – Jay Gatsby

It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard drinking people. – Jay Gatsby

He had 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 external 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. – Jay Gatsby

She was feeling the pressure of the world outside and she wanted to see him and feel his presence beside her and be reassured that she was doing the right thing after all. – Jay Gatsby

I wasn’t actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity. – Jay Gatsby

I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life. – Jay Gatsby

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! – Jay Gatsby

Their eyes met and they stared together at each other, alone in space. – Jay Gatsby

They’re a rotten crowd… You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together. – Jay Gatsby

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