Fitzgerald: First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.
Fitzgerald: Forgotten is forgiven.
Fitzgerald: An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.
Fitzgerald: A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big.
Fitzgerald: Genius is the ability to put into effect what is in your mind.
Fitzgerald: Optimism is the content of small minds in high places.
Fitzgerald: Writers aren't exactly people. They're a whole lot of people trying to be one person.
Fitzgerald: Show me a hero and I will writer you a tragedy.
Fitzgerald reportedly based the character of Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby on real life New York bootlegger Larry Fay.
Fitzgerald: The rich are different from you and me.
Fitzgerald: No good idea was ever born in conference but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.
Fitzgerald: What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story.
Fitzgerald was portrayed by Timothy Hutton in the 1993 TV movie Zelda.
Fitzgerald was portrayed by Jeremy Irons in the 2002 TV movie Last Call.
Fitzgerald was portrayed by Gregory Peck in the 1959 film Beloved Infidel.
Fitzgerald's wife, Zelda, died in a fire at an Asheville, NC mental institution in 1948.
Writer Dorothy Parker was one of the few celebrities who attended Fitzgerald's funeral.
Fitzgerald is buried in St. Mary's Cemetary in Rockville, Maryland next to his wife, Zelda.
Fitzgerald became an alcoholic during his college years and this heavy drinking eventually led to a severe decline in his personal health.
Fitzgerald had an affair with movie columnist Sheilah Graham while working in Hollywood.
After his wife's breakdown, Fitzgerald moved to Hollywood and found work as a screenwriter.
The lead character in Fitzgerald's unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon, was based on Metro Goldwyn Mayer executive Irving Thalberg.
Fitzgerald's fifth and final novel, The Last Tycoon, was never completed.
Fitzgerald's wife, Zelda, was institutionalized in 1932 because of schizophrenia.
Fitzgerald and his wife frequently suffered financial troubles because his works never sold well enough to support their extravagant lifestyles.
Fitzgerald was close friends with fellow author Ernest Hemingway although wife Zelda detested the man.
According to some authorities, Fitzgerald was bipolar.
Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, had one child, Frances Scott, who was nicknamed "Scottie."
Fitzgerald married Zelda Sayre in April of 1920. They had met while he was stationed at an Army base near her hometown of Montgomery, AL.
Fitzgerald was discharged from the Army without ever being sent to combat in Europe.
Fitzgerald wrote his first novel, The Romantic Egotist, while in Army officer training. It would later be published under the title This Side of Paradise.
Fitzgerald was from a Roman Catholic family.
Fitzgerald's father worked for Proctor and Gamble.
Fitzgerald was named after distant relative Francis Scott Key, the author of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Fitzgerald: It is in the 30s that we want friends. In the 40s we know they won't save us anymore than love did.
Fitzgerald: It takes a genius to whine appealingly.
Fitzgerald: Never confuse a single defeat with final defeat.
Fitzgerald: Nothing is as obnoxious as other people's luck.
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