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

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.

He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never again romp like the mind of God.

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)