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F. Scott Fitzgerald
September 24, 1896 - December 21, 1940
Nationality: American
Category: Author
Subcategory: American Author

Action is character.


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


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.


Some men have a necessity to be mean, as if they were exercising a faculty which they had to partially neglect since early childhood.


Nothing is as obnoxious as other people's luck.


Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures.


First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.


To a profound pessimist about life, being in danger is not depressing.


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.


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.


To write it, it took three months; to conceive it three minutes; to collect the data in it all my life.


Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues.


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.

    Topics: Family, Anger

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.


Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again.


A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big.


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.


No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.


Her body calculated to a millimeter to suggest a bud yet guarantee a flower.


Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art.


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