15 Inspirational F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotes for Writers

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American fiction writer who is considered one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. His most famous novel, The Great Gatsby, was based on the Jazz Age of the roaring 20’s and it is because of this novel that he achieved popular success and fame. The Great Gatsby is considered compulsory reading in many schools today.

Born in 1896 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to an upper-middle-class family, Scott Fitzgerald spent the first decade of his childhood primarily in Buffalo, New York, and occasionally in West Virginia. It was his time in Buffalo that revealed him to be a boy of high intelligence with a keen interest in literature. When he was just 13, his first piece of writing —a detective story, was published in his school newspaper.

In 1913 he attended Princeton University where honed his craft as a writer. Whilst attending Princeton, Fitzgerald met Chicago socialite Ginevra King and became infatuated with her. She would later become his inspiration for the character of Daisy in The Great Gatsby, and several other characters in his novels and short stories.

By the time he was 24, Fitzgerald became one of the country’s most promising young writers following the publication of his first novel, This Side of Paradise.

Fitzgerald died on 21st December 1940, aged 44. Although many believe his death was brought on by his love of alcohol, his death was ruled a natural occurrence caused by a heart attack. Although he enjoyed limited success during his lifetime, Fitzgerald has inspired many writers and leaves behind a legacy as one of the most distinguished authors in the history of American literature.

Throughout his lifetime, F.Scott Fitzgerald completed four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon, was published after his death. Four collections of his short stories were published, as well as 164 short stories in magazines during his lifetime.

To celebrate his birthday on 24th September, and the contribution he made to the world of literature, here are some inspirational #FScottFitzgerald quotes on writing.

  1. Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.

  2. Show me a hero, and I'll write you a tragedy.

  3. That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.

  4. Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.

5. There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.

6. You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.

7. Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!

8. I don’t want just words. If that’s all you have for me, you’d better go.

9. Great books write themselves, only bad books have to be written.

10. If I knew words enough, I could write the longest love letter in the world and never get tired

11. All good writing is like swimming underwater and holding your breath.

12. An artist is someone who can hold two opposing viewpoints and still remain fully functional.

13. Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

14. So we'll just let things take their course, and never be sorry.

15. You're a slave, a bound helpless slave to one thing in this world, your imagination.

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