Quotations from The Great Gatsby

"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" (10).

"'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'" (21).

"'Anyhow he gives large parties,' said Jordan, changing the subject with an urban distaste fro the concrete" (54).

"Suddenly I wasn't thinking of Daisy and Gatsby any more but of this clean, hard, limited person who dealt in universal skepticism and who leaned back jauntily just within the circle of my arm" (84).

"Daisy put her arm through his abruptly but he seemed absorbed in what he had just said.  Possibly it had occurred to that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever" (98).

"She was appalled by West Egg, this unprecedented "place" that Broadway had begotten upon a Long Island fishing village--appalled by its raw vigor that chafed under the old euphemisms and by the too obtrusive fate that herded its inhabitants along a short cut from nothing to nothing. She saw something awful in the very simplicity she failed to understand" (113-4).

"'Can't repeat the past?' he cried incredulously. 'Why of course you can!'" (116).

"'Her voice is full of money,' he said suddenly.

That was it. I'd never understood before. I was full of money--that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the cymbals' song of it. . . . High in a white palace the king's daughter, the golden girl . . ." (127).

"There was an unmistakable air of natural intimacy about the picture and anybody would have said they were conspiring together" (152-3).

"I tossed half sick between grotesque reality and savage frightening dreams" (154).

"It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that the gardener saw Wilson's body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete" (170).

"'If he'd of lived he'd of been a great man'" (176).

"I see now that this has been a story of the West" (184).

"They were careless people, 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" (187-8).