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Scott and Zelda

"The things that we have done together and the awful splits that have broken us into war survivals in the past stay like a sort of atmosphere around any house that I inhabit. The good things and the first years together, and the good months that we had two years ago in Montgomery will stay with me forever, and you should feel like I do that they can be renewed, if not in a new spring, then in a new summer. I love you, my darling."
Fitzgerald to Zelda

 “Your photograph is all I have: it is with me from the morning when I wake up with a frantic half dream about you to the last moment when I think of you and of death at night.”  Scott to Zelda, 1930

 “I don’t suppose I really know you very well  but I know you smell like the delicious damp grass that grows near old walls and that your hands are beautiful opening out of your sleeves and that the back of your head is a mossy sheltered cave when there is trouble in the wind and that my cheek just fits the depression in your shoulder.”        Zelda to Scott, 1931

Oh, there’s a bunch of them. But two that come to mind are these:
"You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known and even that is an understatement.” (from a letter Scott wrote to Zelda)

“My God, I am a forgotten man.”  Scott to Zelda in 1940 after The Great Gatsby had been taken out of the Modern Library

 “I must love you a lot for you have quite a power to lift me up and cast me down.” —  Scott Fitzgerald to his daughter Scottie, 1939

“Men get to be a mixture of the charming mannerisms of the women they have known.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

“My dear, I think of you always and at night I build myself a warm nest of things I remember and float in your sweetness till morning.”              Zelda to Scott, 1931

 “Life is horrible without you because there is not another living soul with whom I have the slightest communion.” —      Zelda to Scott, 1931

 “Dearest: I am always grateful for all the loyalties you gave me, and I am always loyal to the concepts that held us together so long: the belief that life is tragic, that a man’s spiritual reward is the keeping of his faith: that we shouldn’t hurt each other. And I love, always your fine writing talent, your tolerance and generosity; and all your happy endowments. Nothing could have survived our life.”          Zelda to Scott Fitzgerald, c. 1939

“Old death is so beautiful so very beautiful we will die together, I know. Sweetheart…”   Zelda to Scott, 1919

“Thanks again for saving me. Someday, I’ll save you too…” —          Zelda to Scott, 1940

“All these soft, warm nights going to waste when I ought to be lying in your arms under the moon the dearest arms in all the world darling arms that I love so to feel around me How much longer before they’ll be here to stay? When I do get home again, you’ll certainly have a most awful time ever moving me one inch from you.” —             Zelda to Scott, 1919

“You are all I care about on earth: the past discredited and disowned, the future has doubled up on the present, give me the peace of my one certitude that I love you.” —  Zelda to Scott, 1931

“I look down the tracks and see you coming and out of every haze and mist your darling rumpled trousers are hurrying to me without you, dearest dearest I couldn’t see or hear or feel or think or live I love you so and I’m never in all our lives going to let us be apart another night.” —       Zelda to Scott, 1920