In case you didn’t know (and quite frankly, I’d be shocked), my all-time favorite book is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I love it for many different reasons, including its lyrical style. Fitzgerald’s prose makes me weep. In honor of one of the novels that inspired me to become a writer, here are ten memorable quotes from the timeless classic.
- “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
- “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.”
- “I was within and without. Simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.”
- “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”
- “Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!”
- “In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.”
- “They’re a rotten crowd’, I shouted across the lawn. ‘You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.”
- “No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.”
- “At his lips’ touch she blossomed like a flower and the incarnation was complete.”
- “So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight.”
I wish I could dump the whole book into this blog post. It was almost impossible for me to pick my top ten quotes from it. Fitzgerald’s ability to spin words into gold never ceases to amaze me – even after all these years, I still can’t get Gatsby out of my head.
What are some great quotes from your favorite novel?
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