F. Scott Fitzgerald: American author.

Born:  September 24, 1896

Died:  December 21, 1940
F. Scott Fitzgerald is as linked to the Jazz Era and the Lost Generation as Queen Victoria is to all things ornate.  The author of This Side of Paradise and The Great Gatsby had what might best be described as an uneven academic career.  His first story was published when he was 12, but he was later expelled for failing to keep up with his schoolwork.

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.

After much hard work he got into Princeton, but then dropped out without graduating.

Either you think, or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.

But of course, his struggles pale in comparison to his triumphs, just as he might have predicted.

Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat; the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle.

He left many lessons for anyone who wants to write.

You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.

He also left a few thoughts for those found it difficult.

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.

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