In The Great Gatsby, it is said that F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the great American novel. A novel about love and dreams and illusion, it is a novel that has connect with millions since its authorship. See below for our favourite quotes from this splendid piece of literature.

Boats Against The Current

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

The Look

“He looked at her the way all women want to be looked at by a man.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Criticism

“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, The Great Gatsby

His Dream

“His dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Thirty

“Thirty–the promise of a decade of loneliness, a thinning list of single men to know, a thinning brief-case of enthusiasm, thinning hair.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Blue Gardens

“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Dreams And Illusions

“There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams — not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

So We Drove On

“So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Haunting Loneliness

“I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others–young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Tomorrow

“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—to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning——”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

The Longest Day

“Do you ever wait for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always wait for the longest day of the year and then miss it!”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

The Old Warm World

“If that was true he must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream. He must have looked up at an unfamiliar sky through frightening leaves and shivered as he found what a grotesque thing a rose is and how raw the sunlight was upon the scarcely created grass. A new world, material without being real, where poor ghosts, breathing dreams like air, drifted fortuitously about…like that ashen, fantastic figure gliding toward him through the amorphous trees”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby