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16 pieces of wisdom from The Great Gatsby


One of the most effortlessly timeless books ever written, F Scott Fitzgerald's iconic tale of debauchery, lost love and regret is as relevant now as it ever will be. Which is why there's so much embedded within the novel that's worth making a note of.

We've gone through The Great Gatsby with a fine tooth comb and pulled out the greatest 16 pieces of wisdom for you to pore over.

Let us know if we missed out your favourite.

“It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard drinking people.”

“No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.”

“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”

“There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.”

“Dishonesty in a woman is a thing you never blame deeply.”

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

“It is invariably sadenning to look through new eyes at things upon which you have expended your own powers of adjustment”

“Life is much more successfully looked at from a single window.”

“Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope.”

“Let us show our friendship for a man when he is living and not after he is dead.”

“Human sympathy has its limits.”

“It occurred to me that there was no difference between men, in intelligence or race, so profound as the difference between the sick and the well.”

“Most affectations conceal something eventually, even though they don't in the beginning.”

“That's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”

“There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mind…”

“Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures.”


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