F Scott Fitzgerald Love Quotes and Sayings
#1 The Lees of Happiness
1. It was a marriage of love. He was sufficiently spoiled to be charming; she was ingenuous enough to be irresistible. Like two floating logs they met in a head-on rush, caught, and sped along together.
#2 The Offshore Pirate
2. All life is just a progression toward, and then a recession from, one phrase—’I love you.’
#3 Letter to Isabelle Amorous, February 1920
3. But Isabelle I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity and her flaming self respect and its these things I’d believe in even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all that she should be.
But of course the real reason, Isabelle, is that I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything.
#4-7 Tender is the Night
4. Actually that’s my secret—I can’t even talk about you to anybody because I don’t want any more people to know how wonderful you are.
5. When you’re older you’ll know what people who love suffer. The agony. It’s better to be cold and young than to love.
6. I don’t ask you to love me always like this, but I ask you to remember. Somewhere inside me there’ll always be the person I am to-night.
7. Ah, but I love the most, and I can tell when you’re away from me, even a little. I think it’s wonderful to be just like everybody else, to reach out and find you all warm beside me in the bed.
#8-12 The Beautiful and Damned
8. I don’t want just words. If that’s all you have for me, you’d better go.
9. …two souls are sometimes created together and—and in love before they’re born.
10. There’s nothing funny about our relation to each other. I don’t mind playing the fool, and I don’t mind having you do it, but I can’t stand it when we’re together.
11. …I don’t want to argue. I think it’s wonderful that we can kiss and forget, and when we can’t it’ll be time to argue.
12. I knew that what was left of me would always love you, but never in quite the same way.
#13 Letter to Zelda Fitzgerald, 6 May 1939
13. You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, most beautiful person I have ever known, but even that is an understatement because the length that you went to there at the end would have tried anybody beyond endurance.
#14 Head and Shoulders, Flappers and Philosophers, Collins, 1922
14. …I won’t kiss you. It might get to be a habit and I can’t get rid of habits.
#15 Benediction, Flappers and Philosophers
15. …till then I’ll be here just waiting and hoping for every long dream of you to come true.
#16 Short story: More than just a house
16. I’m not used to being loved. I wouldn’t know what to do; I never got the trick of it.
#17 Short Story: Emotional Bankruptcy
17. …one day when I was feeling lonely your father came to take me driving, and from that day I never had a single doubt. Love isn’t like it is in books.
#18 The Ice Palace
18. You’ve a place in my heart no one else ever could have…
#19 Letter to Zelda Fitzgerald, 24 March 1919
19. I love you so much, much, much that it just hurts every minute I’m without you…
#20 The Sensible Thing
20. There are all kinds of love in the world, but never the same love twice.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and short-story writer, although he was best known for his novels depicting the flamboyance and excess of the Jazz Age—a term which he coined. During his lifetime, he published four novels, four collections of short stories, and 164 short stories. Although he temporarily achieved popular success and fortune in the 1920s, Fitzgerald only received wide critical and popular acclaim after his death. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.
Sayings by F Scott Fitzgerald
#1 This Side of Paradise, C. Scribner’s Sons, 1921
1. 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.
#2 The Rich Boy
2. Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand.
#3 Babylon Revisited
3. 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.
#4-6 The Great Gatsby
4. Whenever you feel like criticizing any one…just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.
5. Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.
6. And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.
#7-9 The Crack-Up, 1936
7. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. This philosophy fitted on to my early adult life, when I saw the improbable, the implausible, often the “impossible”, come true.
8. I must hold in balance the sense of the futility of effort and the sense of the necessity to struggle; the conviction of the inevitability of failure and still the determination to “succeed” — and, more than these, the contradiction between the dead hand of the past and the high intentions of the future.
9. The world only exists in your eyes—your conception of it. You can make it as big or as small as you want to.
#10 The Freshest Boy
10. It isn’t given to us to know those rare moments when people are wide open and the lightest touch can wither or heal. A moment too late and we can never reach them any more in this world. They will not be cured by our most efficacious drugs or slain with our sharpest swords.
#11 Letter to Frances Turnbull, 9 November 1938, in A Life in Letters, 1994, p. 368
11. You’ve got to sell your heart, your strongest reactions, not the little minor things that only touch you lightly, the little experiences that you might tell at dinner. This is especially true when you begin to write, when you have not yet developed the tricks of interesting people on paper, when you have none of the technique which it takes time to learn. When, in short, you have only your emotions to sell.
#12 Letter to his daughter Frances Scott Fitzgerald, 5 October 1940
12. Once one is caught up into the material world not one person in ten thousand finds the time to form literary taste, to examine the validity of philosophic concepts for himself, or to form what, for lack of a better phrase, I might call the wise and tragic sense of life.
#13 Notebook E: Epigrams, Wisecracks, and Jokes, edited by Edmund Wilson, 1945
13. You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.
#14-16 Tender is the Night, 1934
14. 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.
15. Well, you never knew exactly how much space you occupied in people’s lives. Yet from this fog his affection emerged—the best contacts are when one knows the obstacles and still wants to preserve a relation.
16. In any case you mustn’t confuse a single failure with a final defeat.
#17-18 The Beautiful and Damned
17. Things are sweeter when they’re lost. I know—because once I wanted something and got it. It was the only thing I ever wanted badly, Dot. And when I got it it turned to dust in my hands.
18. We all have souls of different ages…at least that’s what I say.
#19 The Love of the Last Tycoon
19. I can’t exactly describe how I feel but it’s not quite right. And it leaves me cold.