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Quotes of the Day for 24 September 2002 – F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born on this day in 1896 at St Paul, Minnesota. As he was distantly related to the author of the Star Spangled Banner, he was actually named Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald although he had the sense not to publish under his full name. He made his reputation by partying hard and writing about characters modeled on the decadent rich he partied with. He managed to have some real insight between the excesses.

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The quotes:

At 18 our convictions are hills from which we look; at 45 they are caves in which we hide.

Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.

Either you think - or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.

It's not a slam at you when people are rude-it's a slam at the people they've met before.

There was never a good biography of a good novelist. There couldn't be. He is too many people if he's any good.
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     Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, 1896 - 1940


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