“The Great Gatsby”: Famous quotations

Quotes: Choose one that find interesting and important and say why it is relevant in the novel.

Can you provide another quotation that you find interesting and it is not on this list?

  • “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one…just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”
    – F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby, Ch. 1
  • “what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men.”
    – F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby, Ch.
  • “All right… I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool–that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”- F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby, Ch. 1
  • “a single green light, minute and faraway, that might have been the end of a dock. F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby, Ch. 1
  • “I wanted to get out and walk eastward toward the park through the soft twilight, but each time I tried to go I became entangled in some wild, strident argument which pulled me back, as if with ropes, into my chair. Yet high over the city our line of yellow windows must have contributed their share of human secrecy to the casual watcher in the darkening streets… I saw him too, looking up and wondering. I was within and without.”- F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby, Ch. 2
  • “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.” F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby, Ch. 3
  • “I’ve been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library.”- F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby, Ch. 3
  • “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.'”
    – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 4
  • “Gatsby, pale as death, with his hands plunged like weights in his coat pockets, was standing in a puddle of water glaring tragically into my eyes.”
    – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 5
  • “Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry.”
    – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 5
  • “He wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy. His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could once return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was.”
    – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 6
  • “Can’t repeat the past?… Why of course you can!”
    – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 6
  • “He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning-fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete.”
    – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 6
  • “Daisy and Jordan lay upon an enormous couch, like silver idols weighing down their own white dresses against the singing breeze of the fans.”
    – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 7
  • “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. Wilson was so sick that he looked guilty.”
    – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 7
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11 Responses to “The Great Gatsby”: Famous quotations

  1. Milagros Brascó says:

    “Can’t repeat the past?… Why of course you can!”
    – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 6

    This quotation is important in the novel because it shows us how immature and childish Gatsby was. Repeating the past was impossible: Daisy now was a married woman with a daughter, she wasn’t the single girl that Gatsby knew five years ago. He thought he would be with Daisy again, but clearly that would not happen. Even though Gatsby tried to reconquer her again she was a traditional woman and with Tom she was in a very good social and economical status. She wouldn’t divorce from him.

  2. Joaco Olaizola says:

    “All right… I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool–that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 1
    I choose this quotation because at this point of the story we realise that Tom was having an affair and Daisy knew it but she didn´t do anything. This shows how free were woman at that times, if she divorced she could loose thei social status and friends. She only could shut up and stay at home with her daughter without saying anything to Tom, like a traditional woman. We can also see how afraid she was of Tom.

    “Can’t repeat the past?… Why of course you can!”
    – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 6
    This is another quotation that I choose because it show Gatsby personality and point of view in the book. How childish he was and he only thinks in imposible thinks like this one. Like the American Dream, for lot of people was imposible to achieve but the decade of boom made them think they could achive it.

  3. sebastian borda says:

    1)“All right… I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool–that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”
    I think that this is an important quotation because this meant that Daisy wished her child to be a fool but not because she hated her, because she wanted her not to realize that her husband is cheating on her (if she has one) and to enjoy life. She didn’t want her to be like her because if she was she had to live knowing her husband is cheating on her, and have a bad life.
    2)“I married him because I thought he was a gentleman…I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn’t fit to lick my shoe”
    I thought this quotation was important because here is when Myrtle said she thought that George wasn’t the right man for her, and that made her look for a rich man, and she found Tom. She thought he was rich but at the end he wasn’t, he wasn’t capable of buying her fancy and expensive thing; he wasn’t capable of making her happy when Tom could.

  4. juan cruz gomez roca says:

    “All right… I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool–that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” I think this one is very important in the story because at that time were a lot of affairs, and Daisy knew that Tom had one, and she didn’t want her daughter to suffer the way she did.
    a quotation that I find relevant is this one:

    “Civilization’s going to pieces. I’ve gotten to be a terrible pessimist about things… The idea is if we don’t look out the white race will be–will be utterly submerged… It’s up to us, who are the dominant race, to watch out or these other races will have control of things.”
    because this shows us how much people in the 20s were racist

  5. Belen Irazusta says:

    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.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 3
    a) i think this quotation is vey important to the novel, because here is when Gatsby started to realize that something strange was happening between Gatsby and him. it is also important because we can see what type of things did Gatsby to meet Daisy again. also that his parties were public because he hoped one day Daisy was going to go there,and he would met her. i found this quotation very important because when i read it for the first time i was very anxious to know why had Gatsby only invited Nick, and this created a lot of mysterious to me. i think this is the part of the novel were the main story will take place, because here begins all the love story of Daisy and Gatsbyl.
    b) “Civilization’s going to pieces. I’ve gotten to be a terrible pessimist about things… The idea is if we don’t look out the white race will be–will be utterly submerged… It’s up to us, who are the dominant race, to watch out or these other races will have control of things.” i think this is an important quote in the novel because we can see and imagine what type of person was Tom.

  6. Nicolás Araya says:

    “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.”
    I think this is a very important quotation for the development of the story, because it lets us know something: Gatsby wanted something which Nick could only give him. Gatsby wanted him to know that he wanted something about Nick, and after a few chapters, we realize it’s daisy. This Gatsby’s first step to get near Nick who could lead him to Daisy.
    “Civilization is going into pieces(…) I’ve gotten to be a terrible pessimistic about things. Have you read “The rise of the coloured empire””
    This is an important quotation, because it shows us all the discrimination there was in the 1920s. They were even capable of writing a book discriminating people from other colorcast.

  7. sofi teran says:

    1)
    “All right… I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool–that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 11)
    I think this quotation is very relevant in the novel, because whit this quote we can see how unhappy is Daisy in her marriage with Tom.
    We realize that she prefers being a fool so that she had never realized about tom´s affair .She think that the only way of having a happy life at that time was only by being a fool
    2)
    “He borrowed somebody´s best suit to get married in , and never told me about it , and the man came after it one day when he was out … I gave it to him and then I lay out an cried … al afternoon” CH 2
    I think this is a very important quotation because we get to know myrtle in some way. And we also get to know the reason why she is not happy in her marriage; it tells us her fillings about her marriage. She fills she married someone who she thought it was another type of person, someone with money and that was a gentleman , but it was the other way about .

  8. Antonia Flores Piran says:

    The quotations that I find interesting and important In the novel is:

    -“a single green light, minute and faraway, that might have been the end of a dock. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 1

    This quotation is very important in the novel because the Green is the color of hope And when Gatsby stares across the bay towards a green light at the end of a dock It represents Gatby`s hope and dream to see Daisy again to win her back. This dream that Gatbys has, later fails. Gatsby lose Daisy and then he die. Is the same as the boom in the 1920s.

  9. Joaco Diaz Walker says:

    “a single green light, minute and faraway, that might have been the end of a dock.”

    I think this source is very interesting. It is amazing how Scott Fitzgerald makes a green light makes us realize that Gatsby is looking for hope. He was looking for hope with Daisy, because she was the love of his life.

    “It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such – such beautiful shirts before.”
    I like this quote a lot because what Daisy is not saying to Gatsby is that she would love to be with him in that rich house with the boy he has loved in all her life. She also likes all the material things, but better when it’s with the boy she is in love.

  10. agustin campion says:

    I choose number 4 because it is very important for de development of the novel. this quotation revels the hope that gatsby has to find daisy again and also we found out that daisy represents the american dream in the 1920`s.
    I think that a good quotation could be, “there was music from my neighbours house through the summer nigth. in his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.”

  11. -“a single green light, minute and faraway, that might have been the end of a dock”
    1)I think this quote is relevant to the novel because green color symbolizes hope, which is Gatsby’s hope to see Daisy. In the novel, if Gatsby saw or got Daisy again, his dream would be accomplished. This dream, Gatsby’s dream, symbolizes the American dream of the 1920’s, which would end with the Wall Street crash or, in the novel, Gatrby’s death.
    -“This is the Valley of Ashes – a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridgest and hills and grtesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a trascendent effort, of ash-grey men, who move dimlyand already crumbling through the powdery air. Ocassionally a line of grey cars crawls along the invisible track, gives out a gashtly creak, ando comes to rest, and inmediatly the ash-grey man swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud, which screens thieri obscure operations from your sight.”
    2)I think this quotation is also relevant to the novel because it shows the other side of the 1920’s where people didn’t enjoyed the boom.

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