F. Scott Fitzgerald
The test of a first-fate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.
He waited for the mask to drop off, but at the same time he did not question her right to wear it.
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
Genius is the ability to put into effect what is in your mind.
In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day.
At 18 our convictions are hills from which we look; At 45 they are caves in which we hide.
Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.
Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure.
What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story.
There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mind.
I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.
To write it, it took three months; to conceive it – three minutes; to collect the data in it – all my life.
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.