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F.Scott quotes

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

 Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke. – quoted in Beloved Infidel

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

There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired. – The Great Gatsby

Here’s to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life. – The Beautiful and Damned

I’ll be different, but somewhere lost inside me there’ll always be the person I am tonight. – Magnetism

 New friends can often have a better time together than old friends. – Tender Is the Night

I want to give a really BAD party. I mean it. I want to give a party where there’s a brawl and seductions and people going home with their feelings hurt and women passed out in the cabinet de toilette. You wait and see. – Tender Is the Night

 Youth is like having a big plate of candy. Sentimentalists think they want to be in the pure, simple state they were in before they ate the candy. They don’t. They just want the fun of eating it all over again. – This Side of Paradise

 All life is just a progression toward and then a recession from one phrase– ‘I love you” – The Offshore Pirate

 Today it’s my world and everything’s easy. Even Nothing is easy! - The Beautiful and Damned

While it seemed to him that every debutante spent every hour of her day thinking and talking about what the great world had mapped out for her to do during the next hour, any girl who made a living directly on her prettiness interested him enormously. – 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

Youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness. – “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz”

 And lastly from that period I remember riding in a taxi one afternoon between very tall buildings under a mauve and rosy sky; I began to bawl because I had everything I wanted and knew I would never be so happy again. – The Crack Up

Love is fragile — she was thinking — but perhaps the pieces are saved, the things that hovered on lips, that might have been said. The new love-words, the tenderness learned, and treasured up for the next lover. – May Day

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.” – Tender Is the Night

”I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy- The Great Gatsby

 Grown up, and that is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another. The Crack Up

 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