Quotes by F. Scott Fitzgerald


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

Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
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.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
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
Either you think, or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
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.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
Forgotten is forgiven.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
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.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
It is in the thirties that we want friends. In the forties we know they won't save us any more than love did.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
It takes a genius to whine appealingly.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
No such thing as a man willing to be honest - that would be like a blind man willing to see.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
Nothing is as obnoxious as other people's luck.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
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.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
See that little stream, we could walk to it in two minutes. It took the British a whole month tot walk to it, a whole empire walking very slowly, dying in front and pushing forward behind. And another empire walked very slowly backward a few inches a day, leaving the dead like a million bloody rugs.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald