Quotes by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American fiction writer, whose works illustrate the Jazz Age. While he achieved limited success in his lifetime, he is now widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.

Quotes by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

- F. Scott FitzgeraldGenius, Taking action

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

- F. Scott FitzgeraldBeginning

She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. No, she wasn't beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul.

- F. Scott FitzgeraldBeauty, Love declerations

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 in The Beautiful and DamnedDesire

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

- F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great GatsbyPast

Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete.

- F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great GatsbyKissing

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

- F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great GatsbyAlcohol

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 in The Great GatsbySolitude & Being Alone

Gatsby turned out all right in the end. It is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men.

- F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby

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

- F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby

I wasn't actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity.

- F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great GatsbyCuriosity, Falling in love

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 in The Great GatsbySummer

All right... I'm glad it's a girl. And 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 in The Great Gatsby

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 in The Great GatsbyCriticism

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

- F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great GatsbySeeing, Falling in love

Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures.

- F. Scott Fitzgerald

All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.

- F. Scott Fitzgerald