F. Scott Fitzgerald
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"Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald" was an American author of novels and short story writer/short stories, whose works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American literature/American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s. He finished four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby (his most famous), and Tender Is the Night. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon, was published posthumously. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories that treat themes of youth and promise along with age and despair.

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Whenever you feel like criticising anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.

The world only exists in your eyes. You can make it as big or as small as you want.

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

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

To write it, it took three months; to conceive it – three minutes; to collect the data in it – all my life.

Gatsby, pale as death, with his hands plunged like weights in his coat pockets, was standing in a puddle of water glaring tragically into my eyes.

It takes a genius to whine appealingly.

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

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

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

What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story.

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.

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

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

Writers aren't exactly people...they're a whole lot of people trying to be one person.

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.

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

In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day.

Optimism is the content of small men in high places.