Zitat des Tages von F. Scott Fitzgerald:
Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.
I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart where God put it, on the inside.
An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.
A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain.
After all, life hasn't much to offer except youth, and I suppose for older people, the love of youth in others.
Trouble has no necessary connection with discouragement. Discouragement has a germ of its own, as different from trouble as arthritis is different from a stiff joint.
Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
Genius goes around the world in its youth incessantly apologizing for having large feet. What wonder that later in life it should be inclined to raise those feet too swiftly to fools and bores.
Everybody's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.
To write it, it took three months; to conceive it three minutes; to collect the data in it all my life.
I've been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library.
Forgotten is forgiven.
Men get to be a mixture of the charming mannerisms of the women they have known.
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.
No decent career was ever founded on a public.
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.
Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds, they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material.
It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.
There are no second acts in American lives.
My idea is always to reach my generation. The wise writer writes for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward.
For awhile after you quit Keats all other poetry seems to be only whistling or humming.
The faces of most American women over thirty are relief maps of petulant and bewildered unhappiness.
Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues.
Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero.
All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day.
Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.
You can stroke people with words.
When people are taken out of their depths they lose their heads, no matter how charming a bluff they may put up.
A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big.
Often people display a curious respect for a man drunk, rather like the respect of simple races for the insane... There is something awe-inspiring in one who has lost all inhibitions.
Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again.
Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.
At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide.
It is in the thirties that we want friends. In the forties we know they won't save us any more than love did.
To a profound pessimist about life, being in danger is not depressing.