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

Letter to his daughter Frances Scott Fitzgerald
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More from F. Scott Fitzgerald

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.

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.

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