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F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald



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

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

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “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 that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.”

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 that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “Show me a hero, and I'll write you a tragedy.”

Show me a hero, and I'll write you a tragedy.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”

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

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “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.”

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 Quote: “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.”

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


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.”

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


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “To be kind is more important than to be right. Many times, what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks but a special heart that listens.”

To be kind is more important than to be right. Many times, what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks but a special heart that listens.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “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.”

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



F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “The world only exists in your eyes. You can make it as big or as small as you want.”

The world only exists in your eyes. You can make it as big or as small as you want.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “Her philosophy is carpe diem for herself and laissez faire for others.”

Her philosophy is carpe diem for herself and laissez faire for others.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “I was within and without. Simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.”

I was within and without. Simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


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

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


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “I don't want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.”

I don't want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.”

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

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “I’m not sure what I’ll do, but – well, I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale.”

I’m not sure what I’ll do, but – well, I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.”

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “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.”

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


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

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

— F. Scott Fitzgerald



F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “Life is a comedy for those who think and a tragedy for those who feel. Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.”

Life is a comedy for those who think and a tragedy for those who feel. Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “I’m a cynical idealist.”

I’m a cynical idealist.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “I never blame failure – there are too many complicated situations in life – but I am absolutely merciless toward lack of effort.”

I never blame failure – there are too many complicated situations in life – but I am absolutely merciless toward lack of effort.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “You have a place in my heart no one else ever could have.”

You have a place in my heart no one else ever could have.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “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.”

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


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “I hope you live a life you’re proud of.”

I hope you live a life you’re proud of.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “God knows what you’ve been doing, everything you’ve been doing. You may fool me, but you can’t fool God!”

God knows what you’ve been doing, everything you’ve been doing. You may fool me, but you can’t fool God!

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “Work like hell! I had 122 rejection slips before I sold a story.”

Work like hell! I had 122 rejection slips before I sold a story.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

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

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “Tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther...”

Tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther...

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.”

Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “Forgotten is forgiven.”

Forgotten is forgiven.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “His dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him.”

His dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known – and even that is an understatement.”

You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known – and even that is an understatement.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “Suddenly she realized that what she was regretting was not the lost past but the lost future, not what had not been but what would never be.”

Suddenly she realized that what she was regretting was not the lost past but the lost future, not what had not been but what would never be.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “You are mysterious, I love you. You’re beautiful, intelligent, and virtuous, and that’s the rarest known combination.”

You are mysterious, I love you. You’re beautiful, intelligent, and virtuous, and that’s the rarest known combination.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “Great books write themselves, only bad books have to be written.”

Great books write themselves, only bad books have to be written.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “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.”

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


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “He looked at her the way all women want to be looked at by a man.”

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

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “Grown up, and that is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another.”

Grown up, and that is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.”

There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “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.”

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


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “Life plays the same lovely and agonizing joke on all of us.”

Life plays the same lovely and agonizing joke on all of us.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “Don’t forget who you are and where you come from.”

Don’t forget who you are and where you come from.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “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.”

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


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

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

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “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.”

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


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “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. – The Great 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. – The Great Gatsby.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


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

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

— F. Scott Fitzgerald


F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: “It was always the becoming he dreamed of, never the being.”

It was always the becoming he dreamed of, never the being.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

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