Francis Scott Fitzgerald Quotes

There never was a good biography of a good novelist. There couldn't be. He is too many people, if he's any good.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook L," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
Shakespeare—whetting, frustrating, surprising and gratifying.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook L," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
An idea ran back and forward in his head like a blind man, knocking over the solid furniture.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook M," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
Young people do not perceive at once that the giver of wounds is the enemy and the quoted tattle merely the arrow.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook O," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
Some men have a necessity to be mean, as if they were exercising a faculty which they had to partially neglect since early childhood.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook O," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
You can stroke people with words.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook O," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
Scratch a Yale man with both hands and you'll be lucky to find a coast-guard. Usually you find nothing at all.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook O," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945). Fitzgerald studied at Princeton.
The easiest way to get a reputation is to go outside the fold, shout around for a few years as a violent atheist or a dangerous radical, and then crawl back to the shelter.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook O," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).
Action is character.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Notes for The Last Tycoon, "Hollywood, Etc.," (1941).
To a profound pessimist about life, being in danger is not depressing.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Quoted in Andrew Turnbull, Scott Fitzgerald, ch. 6 (1962).