Thursday Quotables: 6.2.16

Books, Novel, Thursday Quotables

//book: This Side of Paradise // author: F. Scott Fitzgerald // novel // goodreads

Hello my beautiful friends, recently (as in today) I have started F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first novel that propelled him to fame. This book has been engaging and thus far, intriguing. A collection of memories and impressions and poems, Fitzgerald narrates the life of a narcissist in Fitzgerald’s expected lyrical tone as he accurately embodies the era.

Here are a couple that caught my attention:

“I don’t want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.”.

Who hasn’t experienced the fear, enthrallment, and later regret of losing their innocence? Although we are taught to maintain our innocence, and society emphasizes the beauty of it, the allure of losing it is unavoidable. Fitzgerald captures this controversial feeling beautifully.

“We can’t possibly have a summer love. So many people have tried that the name’s become proverbial. Summer is only the unfulfilled promise of spring, a charlatan in place of the warm balmy nights I dream of in April. It’s a sad season of life without growth…It has no day.”

We all dream of a summer love, but never expect the heartbreak that accompanies it. By shedding a negative light to a otherwise enticing concept, Fitzgerald beautifully describes the unpleasant aspect of a summer romance. This selection carries a melancholy theme, with an eloquence that makes the passage pleasing to the ear.

“I can’t tell you just how wonderful she is. I don’t want you to know. I don’t want any one to know.”

You know you’re in love when you feel the need to hide someone in fear of others knowing of their virtues. The intensity that can often accompany love is exemplified, along with the jealousy that often accompanies love.

Filled with anecdotes about love and life, this book contains so many meaningful quotes that it was impossible to pick one. Enjoy the selections I have chosen, and hopefully this has piqued your interest enough for you to pick up the book!


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