The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.

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More from F. Scott Fitzgerald

Show me a hero, and I will write you a tragedy.

At the worst I accepted Hollywood with the resignation of a ghost assigned to a haunted house.

The Last Tycoon (1941)

Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go according to any rules. They’re not like aches or wounds; they’re more like splits in the skin that won’t heal because there’s not enough material.

Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure.

Tender is the Night

All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.

Letter to his daughter Frances Scott Fitzgerald