22 Stunning F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes On Writing, Love, And Disillusion

Published October 3, 2015
Updated December 13, 2022

F. Scott Fitzgerald in Paris

The author of The Great Gatsby, This Side of Paradise, Tender is the Night, and such exquisite short stories as “The Diamond Big as the Ritz” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald burned his way through the literary world of the early 20th century.

He was an Ivy League elite of the old guard, full of idealistic visions of duty and artistic taste. His intoxicating success and his chaotic romance with his wife Zelda aggravated his alcoholism, and his writing frayed in his later years. He died young, at the age of 44.

Below are some of the disillusioned, brilliant, beleaguered, and enamored writer’s best lines, drawn from his world-class canon and his private letters.

Fitzgerald Good Writing Swimming Underwater
From a private letter to his daughter, Frances.Princeton University

Fitzgerald Beauty Literature You Belong
From a private letter.Wikimedia Commons

Fitzgerald Whole Theory Of Literature
These lines appeared in Fitzgerald’s “Author’s Apology” at the beginning of This Side of Paradise. The photo shows a 16-year old Francis Scott. Princeton University

Fitzgerald Quote Hero Tragedy Writing
The quote comes from the author’s notebooks. The image shows a manuscript page of This Side of Paradise. Princeton University

Fitzgerald Versatile Mind Restless Generation
Lines from This Side of Paradise. Wikimedia Commons

Fitzgerald Tender Is The Night
The quote is from Tender is the Night. The photo shows Fitzgerald’s passport.Princeton University

F Scott Fitzgerald Zelda Fitzgerald
From This Side of Paradise. Wikimedia Commons

Fitzgerald Youth Minnesota Football Team
The quote is from “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz.” The photo shows Fitzgerald’s football team in St. Paul, Minnesota.Princeton University

Scott Fitzgerald Diamond Big Ritz
From “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz.”Princeton University

Amory Blaine Wonderful Nights Fitzgerald
From This Side of Paradise.Princeton University

Fitzgerald Tales Jazz Age Quote
The quote is from “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz.” Wikimedia Commons

Fitzgerald Beautiful And Damned Quote
This quote comes from The Beautiful and Damned, Fitzgerald’s second novel.Princeton University

Fitzgerald Life Is A Cheat
Fitzgerald wrote these words in a private letter to his daughter, Frances. The photo shows the author as a Princeton freshman. Princeton University

Fitzgerald Hollywood Is A Dump
Quote from a private letter to a friend. Princeton University

Scott Fitzgerald Friends Thirties Forties
The quote comes from the author’s notebooks. Library Of Congress

Scott Fitzgerald Dark Night Soul
The quote is from The Crack-Up. The photo shows Fitzgerald’s house in St. Paul, Minnesota. Library Of Congress

Scott Fitzgerald I Love You
Quote from the shot story titled “The Offshore Pirate.” Wikimedia Commons

Zelda Fitzgerald Finest Loveliest Tenderest
From a letter to Zelda. Wikimedia Commons

Fitzgerald Quotes Zelda Only God
From a letter to a friend. Wikimedia Commons

Francis Zelda Same Love Twice
From a private letter.Library Of Congress

Fitzgerald First-Rate Intelligence
From The Crack-Up. Wikimedia Commons

Scott Fitzgerald The Crack-Up
From The Crack-Up. Princeton University

Enjoy this look at the most powerful F. Scott Fitzgerald quotes? Be sure to check out these quotes to change your life, as well as the words of George Orwell, Roald Dahl, Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain.

John has been writing for All That Is Interesting since 2014 and now lives in Madrid, Spain, where he writes and consults on international development projects in East Africa.