Great Gatsby Quotes

Meyer Wolfsheim on Gatsby with women (p58) Yeah, Gatsby’s very careful about women. He would never so much as look at a friends wife.
Gatsby talking about his past (p52) I am the son of some wealthy people in the Middle-West – all dead now. I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford.
Nick on his opinion of Gatsby (p122) They’re a rotten crowd… You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.
Nick seeing Gatsby for the first time (p20) He stretched out his arms towards the dark water in a curious way, and far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling.
Description of Gatsby after meeting Daisy again (p71) He literally glowed; without a word or gesture of exultation a new well-being radiated from him and filled the little room.
Daisy on Gatsby (p94) You always look so cool.
Gatsby’s thoughts on kissing Daisy (p88) 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.
What Gatsby believed in (p144) Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us.
Description of Gatsby before meeting Daisy again (p68) Gatsby, pale as death, with his hands plunged like weights in his pockets, was standing in a puddle of water glaring tragically into my eyes.
Speculation about Gatsby 1 (p36) Somebody told me they thought he killed a man once.
Speculation about Gatsby 2 (p36) …it’s more that he was a German spy during the war.
Nick on Gatsby and his dream (p 128) …paid a high price for living too long with a single dream
Gatsby on the past (p 88) Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!
The truth about Gatsby (p 79) The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God – a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that…
Nick on Gatsby’s smile (p 40) He smiled understandingly – much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life.
Nick on how Gatsby turned out (p 6) Gatsby turned out all right in the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, 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.
Jordan on finding Daisy before her wedding night (p 60) …found her lying on the bed lovely as the June night and drunk as a monkey.
Daisy’s thoughts on seeing Gatsby again (p 69) I certainly am awfully glad to see you again.
Nick’s description of Daisy (p 11) Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright, passionate mouth.
Daisy on Gatsby’s house (p 72) That huge place there?
Gatsby on Daisy’s voice (p 96) Her voice is full of money.
Daisy on the longest day of the year (p 13) In two weeks it’ll be the longest day of the year… Do you always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it.
Nick on Tom and Daisy (p 142) Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness , or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.
Nick on his relation to Daisy (p 8) Daisy was my second cousin once removed.
Daisy on herself (p 17) Sophisticated – God, I’m sophisticated.
Daisy on her daughter (p 17) 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.
Nicks description of Daisy when they meet (p 11) She laughed again, as if she had said something very witty, and held my hand for a moment, looking up into my face, promising that there was no-one in the world that she so much wanted to see. That was a way she had…
Jordan Baker on Daisy’s reputation (p 61) She came out with an absolutely perfect reputation. Perhaps because she doesn’t drink.
Nicks fathers advice (p 5) Whenever you feel like criticising anyone… just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.
Nick on his desires (p 48) I am slow thinking and full of interior rules that act as brakes on my desires.
What Nick said he did after Gatsby’s death (p 143) I spent my Saturday nights in New York because those gleaming, dazzling parties of his were with me so vividly that I could still hear the music and laughter, faint and incessant from his garden, and the cars going up and down his drive.
Tom Buchanan on Nick (p 142) You’re crazy, Nick… crazy as hell. I don’t know what’s the matter with you.
Nick on judgements 1 (p 5) I’m inclined to reserve all judgements.
Nick on judgements 2 (p 5) … reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope
Jordan Baker on Nick (p 141) I thought you were rather an honest, straightforward person. I thought it was your secret pride.
Nick asks Jordan to dinner (p 63) I put my arm around Jordan’s golden shoulder and drew her toward me and asked her to dinner.
Nick on his birthday (p 108) No… I just remembered that today is my birthday.
Nick on being thirty (p 108) Before me stretched the portentous, menacing road of a new decade…
Nick on his ‘snobbishness’ (p 5) … a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth.
Nick on the middle west (p 140) That’s my middle west – not the wheat or the prairies or the lost swede towns, but the thrilling returning trains of my youth.
Nick on the cardinal virues (p 48) Everybody suspects themselves of one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine, I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.
Nick on honour (p 141) Im thirty… five years too old to lie to myself and call it honour.
Tom Buchanan on Jordan Baker (p 19) She’s a nice girl, they oughtn’t let her run around the country this way.
Nick on Jordan’s dishonesty (p 48) She was incurably dishonest…
Nick on Jordan Baker (p 63) …this clean, hard, limited person who dealt in universal scepticism.
Jordan on her relationship with Nick (p 63) I don’t give a damn about you now, but it was a new experience for me, and I felt a little dizzy for a while.
Nick on his kiss with Jordan (p 64) Her wan, scornful mouth smiled, and so I drew her up again closer, this time to my face.
Nick on his break up with Jordan (p 141) Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away.
Nick on a story about Jordan (p 19) I had heard some story of her too, a critical, unpleasant story.
Nick’s description of Jordan (p 12) She was a slender, small breasted girl with an erect carriage, which she accentuated by throwing her body backward at the shoulders like a young cadet.
Daisy on Jordan’s family (p 19) Her family is one aunt about a thousand years old.
Nick on being unable to talk to Jordan (p 123) I couldn’t have talked to her across a tea-table that day if I never talked to her again in this world.
Jordan’s lie (p 47) She left a borrowed car out in the rain with the top down and then lied about it.
Tom’s transition (p 103) The transition from libertine to prig was so complete.
Tom on what others think about him (p 96) You think I’m pretty dumb, don’t you?
Nick on Tom Buchanan’s lifestyle (p 8) … seeking, a little wistfully, for the dramatic turbulence of some long lost forgotten football game.
Nick on Tom Buchanan as a young man (p 8) … one of those men who reach such an acute limited excellence at 21 that everything afterwards savours of anti climax.
Description of Tom Buchanan (p 9) … a sturdy straw haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner.

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