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no matter - tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . And then one fine morning—So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
By God, I may be old-fashioned in my ideas, but women run around too much these days to suit me. They meet all kinds of crazy fish.
I love her and that's the beginning and end of everything.
The exhilarating ripple of her voice was a wild tonic in the rain.
Thirty--the promise of a decade of loneliness, a thinning list of single men to know, a thinning brief-case of enthusiasm, thinning hair.
He had waited five years and bought a mansion where he dispensed starlight to casual moths - so that he could 'come over' some afternoon to a stranger's garden.
He looked around him wildly, as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand.
I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.
That most limited of all specialists, the "well-rounded man".
They had spent a year in France for no particular reason, and then drifted here and there unrestfully wherever people played polo and were rich together.
So when the blue smoke of brittle leaves was in the air and the wind blew the wet laundry stiff on the line I decided to come back home.
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.
Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures.
And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.
...and for a moment I thought I loved her. But I am slow-thinking and full of interior rules that act as brakes on my desires
They’re a rotten crowd’, I shouted across the lawn. ‘You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.
He snatched the book from me and replaced it hastily on its shelf, muttering that if one brick was removed the whole library was liable to collapse.
I wouldn't ask too much of her, ' I ventured. 'You can't change the past.''Can't change the past?' he cried incredulously. 'Why of course you can!
I wouldn't ask too much of her, " I ventured. "You can't change the past.""Can't change the past?" he cried incredulously. "Why of course you can!
I was alone again in the unquiet darkness.
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
Life is much more successfully looked at from a single window.
Flushed with his impassioned gibberish, he saw himself standing alone on the last barrier of civilization.
I wasn't actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity.
I hope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.
but there was an immediately perceptible vitality about her as if the nerves of her body were continually smouldering.
Human sympathy has its limits.
Breathing dreams like air
My own rule is to let everything alone.
I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife.
The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun.
It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard drinking people.
I'm inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores.
The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.
Then he kissed her. At his lips' touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete.
I was enjoying myself now. I had taken two finger bowls of champagne and the scene had changed before my eyes into something significant, elemental and profound.
I’ve been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library.
I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others--young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life.
one emotion after another crept into her face like objects into a slowly developing picture.
Let us learn how to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead' he suggested, 'After that my own rule is to let everything alone'.
I couldn't forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified.
I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes.
The words seemed to bite physically into Gatsby.
Whenever you feel like criticzing any one, " he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven´t had the advantages that you've had.
It was the hour of a profound human change, and excitement was generating on the air.
No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.
A phrase began to beat in my ears with a sort of heady excitement: "There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.