11 of the Best ‘The Great Gatsby’ Quotes

First published on April 10, 1925, The Great Gatsby is an American classic that encompasses the Jazz age and while it may seem like a love story, the novel is infused with social commentary that still resonates with audiences today. So, if you want a refresher from when you read the novel in high school or need some inspiration to reread this classic, here are some of the best quotes from The Great Gatsby to celebrate the 96th anniversary of its publishing.

 

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“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

“I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

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“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

“There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

 

“Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

“Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

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“I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

“You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad things that happened to me.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

“I couldn’t forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

“So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

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