The Great Gatsby Quotes

” ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’ ” (7) Nick’s father speaking to Nick. It’s a friendly reminder that he has not come from nothing and is actually quite privileged and should never forget it and take advantage of it. He was blessed and should always be thankful while understanding how others are not so fortunate at times. Not everyone was as lucky as Nick.
“In consequence I am inclined to reserve all judgements, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores.” (7) Said by Nick at the beginning of the story. He is very open especially with people, he does not judge right away. As a result he has been hurt many times through his naivety.
“as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth.” (8) Said by Nick about himself. Due to his upbringing he is bound to be prejudiced. Those with poorer backgrounds are going to be less decent people than those with money.
“Only Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book, was exempt from my reaction–Gatsby who represented everything for which I have unaffected scorn.” (8) Said by Nick about Gatsby. The first step in admitting his envy and jealously over him. He represented everything he hated, yet he was so great a person and better than he.
” ‘You did it, Tom,’ she said accusingly. ;I know you didn’t mean to but you did do it. That’s what I get for marrying a brute of a man, a great big hulking physical specimen of a–”I hate that word hulking,’ objected Tom crossly, ‘even in kidding.”Hulking,’ insisted Daisy.” (16) A conversation held between Tom and Daisy Buchanan. It displays the tension in their relationship and immaturity in it’s structure, how it’s not built on something concrete and will easily fall apart.

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