F. Scott Fitzgerald

(Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald)

F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Born: September 24, 1896
  • Died: December 21, 1940
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Author









Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American fiction writer, whose works helped to illustrate the flamboyance and excess of the Jazz Age. While he achieved popular success, fame, and fortune in his lifetime, he did not receive much critical acclaim until after his death. Perhaps the most notable member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s, Fitzgerald is now widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. He finished four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon, was published posthumously. Four collections of his short stories were published, as well as 164 short stories in magazines during his lifetime.

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At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide. Human Nature
No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there. Management & Managing Government
Once a change of direction has begun, even though its the wrong one, it still tends to clothe itself as thoroughly in the appurtenances of rightness, as if it had been natural all along. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Optimism is the content of small men in high places. Leaders & Leadership
People try so hard to believe in leaders now, pitifully hard. But we no sooner get a popular reformer or politician or soldier or writer or philosopher — a Roosevelt, a Tolstoy, a Wood, a Shaw, a Nietzsche, than the cross-currents of criticism wash him away. My Lord, no man can stand prominence these days. It's the surest path to obscurity. People get sick of hearing the same name over and over. Leaders & Leadership
Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy. Leaders & Leadership
The purpose of oratory or philosophy [is to] respectively leave people in a fighting or thoughtful mood. Miscellaneous
A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big. Time
A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain. Success
Action is character.
Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
After all, life hasn't much to offer except youth, and I suppose for older people, the love of youth in others. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.
Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.
Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues.
Everybody's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.
Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds, they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material. Families, Children & Parenting
First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you. New Years
Forgotten is forgiven.
Genius goes around the world in its youth incessantly apologizing for having large feet. What wonder that later in life it should be inclined to raise those feet too swiftly to fools and bores. Life
Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind. Communication & Communications
Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Her body calculated to a millimeter to suggest a bud yet guarantee a flower.
His was a great sin who first invented consciousness. Let us lose it for a few hours.
I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart where God put it, on the inside. Religion & God
I'm a romantic; a sentimental person thinks things will last, a romantic person hopes against hope that they won't. Hope ;Romantic
In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day. Morning
It is in the thirties that we want friends. In the forties we know they won't save us any more than love did. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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.
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.
It's not a slam at you when people are rude, it's a slam at the people they've met before.
I've been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library.
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. Life ;Happiness & Unhappiness
Men get to be a mixture of the charming mannerisms of the women they have known. Women
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.
Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
No decent career was ever founded on a public.
No such thing as a man willing to be honest - that would be like a blind man willing to see.
Nothing is as obnoxious as other people's luck.
Often people display a curious respect for a man drunk, rather like the respect of simple races for the insane... There is something awe-inspiring in one who has lost all inhibitions. Respect
Only remember west of the Mississippi it's a little more look, see, act. A little less rationalize, comment, talk.
Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures.
Riches have never fascinated me, unless combined with the greatest charm or distinction.
Scratch a Yale man with both hands and you'll be lucky to find a coast-guard. Usually you find nothing at all.
Some men have a necessity to be mean, as if they were exercising a faculty which they had to partially neglect since early childhood.
Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again.
Switzerland is a country where very few things begin, but many things end.
The compensation of a very early success is a conviction that life is a romantic matter. In the best sense one stays young. Life ;Success
The easiest way to get a reputation is to go outside the fold, shout around for a few years as a violent atheist or a dangerous radical, and then crawl back to the shelter.
The idea that to make a man work you've got to hold gold in front of his eyes is a growth, not an axiom. We've done that for so long that we've forgotten there's any other way. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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. Time ;Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
The victor belongs to the spoils. Success
The world, as a rule, does not live on beaches and in country clubs.
There are no second acts in American lives.
There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.
Though the Jazz Age continued it became less and less an affair of youth. The sequel was like a children's party taken over by the elders.
To a profound pessimist about life, being in danger is not depressing. Life
To write it, it took three months; to conceive it three minutes; to collect the data in it all my life. Life
Trouble has no necessary connection with discouragement. Discouragement has a germ of its own, as different from trouble as arthritis is different from a stiff joint.
Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over. Inspiration
What'll we do with ourselves this afternoon? And the day after that, and the next thirty years?
When people are taken out of their depths they lose their heads, no matter how charming a bluff they may put up.
You can stroke people with words.
You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.