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Zelda Fitzgerald

  • Looking for love is like asking for a new point of departure ... another chance in life.

  • ... Millie Beggs, by the time she was forty-five, had become an emotional anarchist.

  • But I warn you ... I am only really myself when I'm somebody else whom I have endowed with these wonderful qualities from my imagination.

  • Anything incomprehensible has a sexual significance to many people under thirty-five.

  • Every time I try to talk to the cook, she scuttles down the cellar stairs and adds a hundred francs to the bill.

  • You took what you wanted from life, if you could get it, and you did without the rest.

  • We get something to do and as soon as we've got it, it gets us.

  • By the time a person has achieved years adequate for choosing a direction, the die is cast and the moment has long since passed which determined the future.

  • We grew up founding our dreams on the infinite promise of American advertising. I still believe that one can learn to play the piano by mail and that mud will give you a perfect complexion.

  • ... I don't want to live — I want to love first, and live incidentally ...

    • Zelda Fitzgerald,
    • letter (1919), in Nancy Milford, Zelda ()
  • Nothing annoys me more than having the most trivial action analyzed and explained.

    • Zelda Fitzgerald,
    • 1919, in Nancy Milford, Zelda ()
  • It's terrible to allow conventional habits to gain a hold on a whole household; to eat, sleep and live by clock ticks.

    • Zelda Fitzgerald,
    • 1923, in Nancy Milford, Zelda ()
  • There's nothing on earth to do here but look at the view and eat. You can imagine the result since I do not like to look at views.

    • Zelda Fitzgerald,
    • letter to her daughter (1927), in Nancy Milford, Zelda ()
  • I can't read or sleep. Without hope or youth or money I sit constantly wishing I were dead.

    • Zelda Fitzgerald,
    • letter to Scott Fitzgerald (1930), in Nancy Milford, Zelda ()
  • One illusion is as good as another.

    • Zelda Fitzgerald,
    • letter to Scott Fitzgerald (1930), in Nancy Milford, Zelda ()
  • I take a sun bath and listen to the hours, formulating, and disintegrating under the pines, and smell the resiny hardihood of the high noon hours. The world is lost in a blue haze of distances, and the immediate sleeps in a thin and finite sun.

    • Zelda Fitzgerald,
    • 1938, in Nancy Milford, Zelda ()
  • The purpose of life on earth is that the soul should grow — So grow! By doing what is right.

    • Zelda Fitzgerald,
    • letter (1944), in Nancy Milford, Zelda ()
  • Nobody has ever measured, even the poets, how much a heart can hold.

    • Zelda Fitzgerald,
    • 1945, in Nancy Milford, Zelda ()
  • [On her husband's use of material from her diary and letters:] Mr. Fitzgerald — I believe that is how he spells his name — seems to believe that plagiarism begins at home.

    • Zelda Fitzgerald,
    • "Mrs. F. Scott Fitzgerald Reviews The Beautiful and Damned, Former Husband's Latest," New York Tribune ()
  • It is the loose ends with which men hang themselves.

    • Zelda Fitzgerald,
    • in The Atlantic Monthly ()
  • Pronunciation has made many an innocent word sound like a doctor's orders for a stomach pump ...

    • Zelda Fitzgerald,
    • "Scandalabra" (1932), in Matthew J. Bruccoli, ed., Zelda Fitzgerald: The Collected Writings ()
  • Connie thinks monogamy is what the parlor chairs were made of in the Nineties.

    • Zelda Fitzgerald,
    • "Scandalabra" (1932), in Matthew J. Bruccoli, ed., Zelda Fitzgerald: The Collected Writings ()
  • Experience teaches you how to do things you never want to do again.

    • Zelda Fitzgerald,
    • "Scandalabra" (1932), in Matthew J. Bruccoli, ed., Zelda Fitzgerald: The Collected Writings ()
  • Maybe other people's ideas of us are truer than our own.

    • Zelda Fitzgerald,
    • "Scandalabra" (1932), in Matthew J. Bruccoli, ed., Zelda Fitzgerald: The Collected Writings ()
  • Other people's ideas of us are dependent largely on what they've hoped for.

    • Zelda Fitzgerald,
    • "Scandalabra" (1932), in Matthew J. Bruccoli, ed., Zelda Fitzgerald: The Collected Writings ()
  • Nobody has ever been able to experience what they have thoroughly understood — or understand what they have experienced until they have achieved a detachment that renders them incapable of repeating the experience.

    • Zelda Fitzgerald,
    • 1932, in Matthew J. Bruccoli, ed., Zelda Fitzgerald: The Collected Writings ()
  • Living is cold and technical without you, a death mask of itself. ... All afternoon I've been writing soggy words in the rain and feeling dank inside, and thinking of you. When a person crosses your high forehead and slides down into the pleasant valleys about your dear mouth it's like Hannibal crossing the Alps.

    • Zelda Fitzgerald,
    • letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald (1930), in Jackson R. Bryer and Cathy W. Barks, eds., Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda ()
  • It seemed very sad to see you going off in your new shoes alone.

    • Zelda Fitzgerald,
    • letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald (1932), in Jackson R. Bryer and Cathy W. Barks, eds., Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda ()

Zelda Fitzgerald, U.S. writer, literary figure

(1900 - 1948)

Full name: Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald.