Francis Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) was an American novelist and short story writer of the Jazz Age. A member of the “Lost Generation”, he is most known for novels, such as The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night and short stories like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, some of which became famous Hollywood movies later on.


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

2.”Boredom is not an end-product, is comparatively rather an early stage in life and art. You’ve got to go by or past or through boredom, as through a filter, before the clear product emerges.”

3.”New friends … can often have a better time together than old friends.”

4.”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.”

5.”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.”

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

7.”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.”

8.”Forgotten is forgiven.”

9.After all, life hasn’t much to offer except youth, and I suppose for older people, the love of youth in others.”

10.”[Growing up] is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another.”

11.”I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything.”


12.”So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

13.”No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.”

14.”Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again.”

15.”And in the end, we were all just humans, drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness.”

16.”Receding from grief, it seems necessary to retrace the same steps that brought us there.”

17.”At any rate, let us love for a while, for a year or so, you and me. That’s a form of divine drunkenness that we can all try.”

18.”Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck.”

19.”There are all types of love in this world, but never the same love twice.”

20.”It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.”

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

22.”If you spend your life sparing people’s feelings and feeding their vanity, you get so you can’t distinguish what should be respected in them.”

23.”All life is just a progression toward, and then a recession from, one phrase–‘I love you.'”