F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes

F. Scott Fitzgerald

US novelist (1896 - 1940)

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The test of a first-fate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in 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.

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Optimism is the content of small men in high places.

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

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Genius is the ability to put into effect what is in your mind.

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At 18 our convictions are hills from which we look; At 45 they are caves in which we hide.

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He waited for the mask to drop off, but at the same time he did not question her right to wear it.

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What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story.

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

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To write it, it took three months; to conceive it

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There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mind.

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I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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