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The kiss originated when the first male reptile licked the first female reptile, implying in a subtle, complimentary way that she was as succulent as the small reptile he had for dinner the night before.
—  Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
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.
—  Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.
—  Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.
—  Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
—  Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
Egyptian Proverb: The worst things: To be in bed and sleep not, To want for one who comes not, To try to please and please not.
—  Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
Writers aren't exactly people ... they're a whole lot of people trying to be one person.
—  Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
Draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice and I'll tell you a story.
—  Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
Almost everybody can be imagined as either a cat or a dog.
—  Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
It is in the thirties that we want friends. In the forties we know they won't save us any more than love did.
—  Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
Everyone 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.
—  Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
The hangover became a part of the day as well allowed-for as the Spanish siesta.
—  Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o'clock in the morning.
—  Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
One writes of scars healed, a loose parallel to the pathology of the skin, but there is no such thing in the life of an individual. There open wounds, shrunk sometimes to the size of a pinprick, but wounds still. The marks of suffering are more comparable to the loss of a finger, or of the sight of an eye. We may not miss them, either, for one minute in a year, but if we should there is nothing to be done about it.
—  Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald

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