Zelda Fitzgerald Quotes | Quotes by Zelda Fitzgerald
1鈥淓verybody gives you belief for the asking,鈥?she said to David, 鈥渁nd so few people give you anything more to believe in than your own belief鈥攋ust not letting you down, that's all. It's so hard to find a person who accepts responsibilities beyond what you ask.' 'So easy to be loved - so hard to love.' David answered.
2Most people hew the battlements of life from compromise, erecting their impregnable keeps from judicious submissions, fabricating their philosophical drawbridges from emotional retractions and scalding marauders in the boiling oil of sour grapes.
3I believed I was a salamander, and it seems I am nothing but an impediment.
4I remember every single spot of light that ever gouged a shadow beside your bones.
5isn't it funny how danger makes people passionate?
6Something in me vibrates to a dusky, dreamy smell of dying moons and shadows.
7Millie Beggs, by the time she was forty-five, had become an emotional anarchist.
8Love is bitter and all there is, and that the rest is for the emotional beggars of the earth.
9I wish I could write a beautiful book to break those hearts that are soon to cease to exist: a book of faith and small neat worlds and of people who live by the philosophies of popular songs.
10We grew up founding our dreams on the infinite promise of American advertising. I still believe that one can learn to play the piano by mail and that mud will give you a perfect complexion.
11She refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn't boring.
12Looking for love is like asking for a new point of departure ... another chance in life.
13There's nothing on earth to do here but look at the view and eat. You can imagine the result since I do not like to look at views.
14All I want to be is very young always and very irresponsible and to feel that my life is my own-to live and be happy and die in my own way to please myself
15["The Sun Also Rises" is about] bullfighting, bullslinging and bullsh[*]t.
16I love you, even if there isn鈥檛 any me, or any love, or even any life. I love you.
17Experience teaches you how to do things you never want to do again.
18Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.
19One illusion is as good as another.
20Death is the only real elegance.
21Other people's ideas of us are dependent largely on what they've hoped for.
22The trouble with emergencies is," she said, "that I always put on my finest underwear and then nothing happens.
23They hadn't much faith in travel, nor a great belief in a change of scene as a panacea for spiritual ills; they were simply glad to be going.
24It is the loose ends with which men hang themselves.
25I wish we could spend July by the sea, browning ourselves and feeling water-weighted hair flow behind us from a dive. I wish our gravest concerns were the summer gnats. I wish we were hungry for hot dogs and dopes, and it would be nice to smell the starch of summer linens and the faint odor of talc in blistering summer bath houses ... We could lie in long citoneuse beams of the five o'clock sun on the plage at Juan-les-Pins and hear the sound of the drum and piano being scooped out to sea by the waves.
26I play the radio and moon about...and dream of Utopias where its always July the 24th 1935, in the middle of summer forever.
27I don't want to live. I want to love first, and live incidentally.
28Why should all life be work, when we all can borrow. Let's think only of today, and not worry about tomorrow.
29It seemed to Alabama that, reaching her goal, she would drive the devils that had driven her - that, in proving herself, she would achieve that peace which she imagined went only in surety of one鈥檚 self - that she would be able, through the medium of the dance, to command her emotions, to summon love or pity or happiness at will, having provided a channel through which they might flow. She drove herself mercilessly, and the summer dragged on.
30I'm just not the same. Half of me is out there looking for you and the other half is wishing i didn't have to." I don't want to live - I want to love first, And live incidentally. Don't-don't ever think of the things you can't give me-You've trusted me with the dearest heart of all-and it's so damn much more than anybody else in all the world has ever had.
31I suppose all we can really share with people is a taste for the same kinds of weather.
32I take a sun bath and listen to the hours, formulating, and disintegrating under the pines, and smell the resiny hardihood of the high noon hours. The world is lost in a blue haze of distances, and the immediate sleeps in a thin and finite sun.
33Maybe other people's ideas of us are truer than our own.
34Women, despite the fact that nine out of ten of them go through life with a death-bed air either of snatching-the-last-moment or with martyr-resignation, do not die tomorrow--or the next day. They have to live on to any one of many bitter ends.
35Spinach and champagne. Going back to the kitchens at the old Waldorf. Dancing on the kitchen tables, wearing the chef's headgear. Finally, a crash and being escorted out by the house detectives.
36We walked at night towards a cafe blooming with Japanese lanterns and I followed your white shoes gleaming like radium in the damp darkness. Rising off the water, lights flickered an invitation far enough away to be interpreted as we liked; to shimmer glamourously behind the silhouette of retrospective good times when we still believed in summer hotels and the philosophies of popular songs.
37The purpose of life on earth is that the soul should grow - So Growl By doing what is right.
38It's terrible to allow conventional habits to gain a hold on a whole household; to eat, sleep and live by clock ticks.
39Youth doesn't need friends -- it only needs crowds.
40Emptying the ashtrays was very expressive of myself. i just lump everything in a great heap which i have labeled 鈥榯he past,鈥?and having thus emptied this deep reservoir that was once myself, i am ready to continue.
41Anything incomprehensible has a sexual significance to many people under thirty-five.
42By the time a person has achieved years adequate for choosing a direction, the die is cast and the moment has long since passed which determined the future.
43Oh, we are going to be so happy away from all the things that almost got us but couldn't quite because we were too smart for them!
44There seemed to be some heavenly support beneath his shoulder blades that lifted his feet from the ground in ecstatic suspension, as if he secretly enjoyed the ability to fly but was walking as a compromise to convention.
45Why is there happiness and comfort and excitement where you are and no where else in the world.
46without you, dearest dearest I couldn't see or hear or feel or think - or live - I love you so and I'm never in all our lives going to let us be apart another night.
47A vacuum can only exist, I imagine, by the things which enclose it.
48Life has puffed and blown itself into a summer day, and clouds and spring billow over the heavens as if calendars were a listing of mathematical errors.
49Pronunciation has made many an innocent word sound like a doctor's orders for a stomach pump.
50We grew up founding our dreams on the infinite promise of American advertising.
51She felt the essence of herself pulled finer and smaller like those streams of spun glass that pull and stretch till there remains but a glimmering illusion. Neither falling nor breaking, the stream spins finer. She felt herself very small and ecstatic. Alabama was in love.
52Women sometimes seem to share a quiet, unalterable dogma of persecution that endows even the most sophisticated of them with the inarticulate poignancy of the peasant.
53Nothing annoys me more than having the most trivial action analyzed and explained.
54Mr. Fitzgerald-I believe that is how he spells his name-seems to believe that plagiarism begins at home.
55Don't you think I was made for you? I feel like you had me ordered - and I was delivered to you - to be worn. I want you to wear me, like a watch-charm or a buttonhole bouquet.
56The sky lay over the city like a map showing the strata of things and the big full moon toppled over in a furrow like the abandoned wheel of a gun carriage on a sunset field of battle and the shadows walked like cats and I looked into the white and ghostly interior of things and thought of you and I looked on their structural outsides and thought of you and was lonesome.
57Nobody has ever been able to experience what they have thoroughly understood - or understand what they have experienced until they have achieved a detachment that renders them incapable of repeating the experience.
58I am really only myself when I'm somebody else whom I have endowed with these wonderful qualities from my imagination.
59Father said conflict develops the character
60Scott-there's nothing in the world I want but you-and your precious love. All the material things are nothing. I'd just hate to live in a sordid, colorless existence-because you'd soon love less-and less-and I'd do anything-anything-to keep your heart for my own-I don't want to live-I want to love first and live incidentally.
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