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"The Great Gatsby" Quotes

"The Great Gatsby" Quotes From the Classic by Fitzgerald


It is through the eyes of Nick Carraway that we see the story of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby unfold. Based in the 1920s America, this novel relates the story of Jay Gatsby and his American dream. However, this dream is stained as it is money and not ideals that appears to drive the characters of the novel. But then, as the following The Great Gatsby quotes suggest, these are realistic characters with hopes, dreams and limitations. On reading these The Great Gatsby quotes, I could not help identifying with the emotions and beliefs of some of these characters.

  • Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!

  • Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter -- tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.

  • God knows what you've been doing, everything you've been doing. You may fool me, but you can't fool God!

  • He knew women early, and since they spoiled him he became contemptuous of them, of young virgins because they were ignorant, of the others because they were hysterical about things which in his overwhelming self-absorption he took for granted.

  • He thinks she goes to see her sister in New York. He's so dumb he doesn't know he's alive.

  • Her voice is full of money.

  • I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby's house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited -- they went there.

  • ...personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures.

  • Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope.

  • The rich get richer and the poor get -- children.

  • There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mind...

  • What realism! Knew when to stop, too -- didn’t cut the pages. But what do you want? What do you expect?

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