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He is renowned for his most brilliant novel The Great Gatsby and for his turbulent private life, with his wife, Zelda. Fitzgerald became famous at the age of 24 after publishing his first novel This Side of Paradise. Its success made it possible for him to marry his muse, Zelda Sayre, the daughter of an Alabama Supreme Court judge. Sadly, at some point Fitzgerald descended into drinking and his wife suffered a mental breakdown from which she never recovered.
15 Great F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes
The Love of the Last Tycoon was published posthumously. That is part of the beauty of all literature.
You belong. I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life. You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad things that happened to me.
20 F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes on Life and Matters of the Heart
No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart. All life is just a progression toward, and then a recession from, one phrase--"I love you. 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.
15 Favorite Quotes By F. Scott Fitzgerald
At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another. All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath. People try so hard to believe in leaders now, pitifully hard. My Lord, no man can stand prominence these days.
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It's the surest path to obscurity. People get sick of hearing the same name over and over. 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.
Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues. A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain. So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. The strongest guard is placed at the gateway to nothing It is in the thirties that we want friends.
In the forties we know they won't save us any more than love did. No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there. After all, life hasn't much to offer except youth, and I suppose for older people, the love of youth in others. The kiss originated when the first male reptile licked the first female reptile, implying in a subtle, complimentary way that she was as succulent as the small reptile he had for dinner the night before.
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