”Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.” – The Crack Up
“I hope she’ll be a fool — that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” – The Great Gatsby
“I don’t want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.” – This Side of Paradise
“I’m not sentimental — I’m as romantic as you are. The idea, you know, is that the sentimental person thinks things will last — the romantic person has a desperate confidence that they won’t.” – This Side of Paradise
“I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart where God put it, on the inside.” – The Love of the Last Tycoon
“I’ll be different, but somewhere lost inside me there’ll always be the person I am tonight.” – Magnetism
“Today it’s my world and everything’s easy. Even Nothing is easy!” – The Beautiful and Damned
“‘You know, you’re a little complicated after all.’ ‘Oh no,’ she assured him hastily. ‘No, I’m not really — I’m just a — I’m just a whole lot of different simple people.” – Tender Is the Night
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter — tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning — So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” – The Great Gatsby
„Dear Mr. Perkins:
Glad you liked the addenda to the Table of Contents. I feel quite confident the book will go. How do you think The Love Legend will sell? You’ll be glad to know that nothing has come of the movie idea & I’m rather glad myself. At present working on my play — the same one. Trying to arrange for an Oct. production in New York. Bunny Wilson (Edmund Wilson Jr.) says that it’s without doubt the best American comedy to date (that’s just between you and me.)
Did you see that in that Literary Digest contest I stood 6th among the novelists? Not that it matters. I suspect you of having been one of the voters.
Will you see that the semi-yearly account is mailed to me by the 1st of the month — or before if it is ready? I want to see where I stand. I want to write something new — something extraordinary and beautiful and simple & intricately patterned.
(Signed, ‘F Scott Fitzgerald’)”