F. Scott Fitzgerald

United States author whose novels characterized the Jazz Age in the United States (1896-1940)

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The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.
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.
At 18 our convictions are hills from which we look At 45 they are caves in which we hide.
At 18 our convictions are hills from which we look; At 45 they are caves in which we hide.
Either you think -- or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.
Genius is the ability to put into effect what is in your mind.
He waited for the mask to drop off, but at the same time he did not question her right to wear it.
Her voice is full of money.
I know myself, but that is all.
In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day.
Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different.
One writes of scars healed, a loose parallel to the pathology of the skin, but there is no such thing in the life of an individual. There are open wounds, shrunk sometimes to the size of a pin-prick but wounds still. The marks of suffering are more comparable to the loss of a finger, or the sight of an eye. We may not miss them, either, for one minute in a year, but if we should there is nothing to be done about it.
Optimism is the content of small men in high places.
Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
The intimate revelations of young men, or at least the terms in which they express them, are usually plagiaristic and marred by obvious suppressions.
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.
To write it, it took three months; to conceive it - three minutes; to collect the data in it - all my life.

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