The great gatsby

The Great Gatsby Quotes

  • Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry.

  • A pause; it endured horribly.

  • At the enchanted metropolitan twilight I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others - poor young clerks who loitered in front of windows waiting until it was time for a solitary restaurant dinner - young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life.

  • Blessed are the dead that the rain falls on.

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  • Dishonesty in a woman is a thing you never blame deeply.

  • Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.

  • For a moment a phrase tried to take shape in my mouth and my lips parted like a dumb man's, as though there was more struggling upon them than a wisp of startled air. But they made no sound, and what I had almost remembered was uncommunicable forever.

  • For a moment the last sunshine fell with romantic affection upon her glowing face; her voice compelled me forward breathlessly as I listened - then the glow faded, each light deserting her with lingering regret, like children leaving a pleasant street at dusk.

  • For a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.

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

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  • He had reached an age where death no longer has the quality of ghastly surprise.

  • He knew that Daisy was extraordinary, but he didn't realize just how extraordinary a 'nice' girl could be.

  • He looked at her the way all women want to be looked at by a man.

  • Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth, but there was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget: a singing compulsion, a whispered "€œListen",€ a promise that she had done gay, exciting things just a while since and that there were gay, exciting things hovering in the next hour.

  • He's so dumb he doesn't know he's alive.

  • His dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it.

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  • Human sympathy has its limits.

  • I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.

  • I am slow-thinking and full of interior rules that act as brakes on my desires.

  • I began to like New York, the racy, adventurous feel of it at night, and the satisfaction that the constant flicker of men and women and machines gives to the restless eye.