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Published Monday, September 24, 2012 @ 6:51 AM EDT
Sep 24 2012

Quotes of the day- F. Scott Fitzgerald:
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigm writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined himself. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s. He finished four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender Is the Night, and his most famous, The Great Gatsby. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon, was published posthumously. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories that treat themes of youth and promise along with despair and age. (Click for full article.)

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

All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.

An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.

At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide.

Draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice and I'll tell you a story.

Everyone's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.

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.

If you're strong enough, there are no precedents.

In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day.

It is in the thirties we want friends. In the forties we know they won't save us any more than love did.

Life promises so very much to a pretty girl between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five that she never quite recovers from it.

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

One girl can be pretty- but a dozen are only a chorus.

Optimism is the content of small men in high places.

Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope.

Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.

Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure.

The faces of most American women over thirty are relief maps of petulant and bewildered unhappiness.

The farmers may be the backbone of the country, but who wants to be a backbone?

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.

The victor belongs to the spoils.

There are no second acts in American lives.

Thirty- the promise of a decade of loneliness, a thinning list of single men to know, a thinning briefcase of enthusiasm, thinning hair.

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.

When a man is tired of life at 21 it indicates that he is rather tired of something in himself.

You don't write because you want to say something; you write because you've got something to say.

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