Top 25 F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes

1) “An artist is someone who can hold two opposing viewpoints and still remain fully functional.”

2) “It is not life that's complicated, it's the struggle to guide and control life.”

3) "Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss."

4) “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”

5) “That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”

6) “I'm a cynical idealist.”

7) “Show me a hero, and I'll write you a tragedy.”

8) “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone...just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.”

9) “Great books write themselves, only bad books have to be written.”

10) “There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.”

11) “You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”

12) “Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.”

13) “If you spend your life sparing people’s feelings and feeding their vanity, you get so you can’t distinguish what should be respected in them.”

14) "I hope you live a life you're proud of."

15) “We all have souls of different ages.”

16) “Experience is the name so many people give to their mistakes.”

17) “Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.”

18) “People over forty can seldom be permanently convinced of anything. At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide.”

19) “So he tasted the deep pain that is reserved only for the strong, just as he had tasted for a little while the deep happiness.”

20) “You never knew exactly how much space you occupied in people’s lives.”

21) “What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story.”

22) “Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”

23) “I never blame failure—there are too many complicated situations in life—but I am absolutely merciless toward lack of effort.”

24) “I want to know you moved and breathed in the same world with me.”

25) “All good writing is like swimming underwater and holding your breath.”