F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Show me a hero, and I'll write you a tragedy."
"Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat; the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle."
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
"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."
"First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you."
"I hope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."
"She felt a little betrayed and sad, but presently a moving object came into sight. It was a huge horse-chestnut tree in full bloom bound for the Champs Elysees, strapped now into a long truck and simply shaking with laughter - like a lovely person in an undignified position yet confident none the less of being lovely. Looking at it with fascination, Rosemary identified herself with it, and laughed cheerfully with it, and everything all at once seemed gorgeous."
"Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke."
"Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!"
"Draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice and I’ll tell you a story."
"As he took her hand she saw him look her over from head to foot, a gesture she recognized and that made her feel at home, but gave her always a faint feeling of superiority to whoever made it. If her person was property she could exercise whatever advantage was inherent in its ownership."
"Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry."