I’m not an expert on F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’ve only read one of his books (The Great Gatsby, obviously), and from what little I do know about his personal life, he kind of seemed like an cad.
But I keep running across quotes of his, and there’s no denying that I like the way he strung words together. I like the way his brain worked, the way he spun thoughts. And because this blog is where I collect things that I love, if for no other reason than so I can revisit them while sipping cocktails like Daisy Buchanan, here are some of my favorite F. Scott Fitzgerald quotes.
“A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain.”
“Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”
“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”
“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.”
“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.”
“In the real dark night of the soul it is always three o’ clock in the morning, day after day.”
“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”