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

Letter to his daughter Frances Scott Fitzgerald
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Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure.

Tender is the Night

This responsiveness had nothing to do with that flabby impressionability which is dignified under the name of the “creative temperament.”

Chapter 1

She saw something awful in the very simplicity she failed to understand.

What I had almost remembered was uncommunicable forever.

No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.