QUOTATIONS - The Great Gatsby 1. "Gatsby turned out all right in the end." (Nick) 2. "You live in West Egg," she remarked contemptuously. (Jordan to Nick) 3. "I hate that word hulking," objected Tom crossly, "even in kidding." . . . "Hulking," insisted Daisy. 4. "I suppose she talks and -- eats, and everything." (Daisy about Pammy) 5. ". . . after that they conducted themselves according to the rules of behavior associated with an amusement park." (Nick about Gatsby's party guests) 6. "Sometimes they came and went without having met Gatsby at all, came for the party with a simplicity of heart that was its own ticket of admission." (Nick about Gatsby's party guests) 7. "The books? . . . Absolutely real -- have pages and everything. I thought they'd be made of cardboard." (Owl Eyes to Nick and Jordan in Gatsby's library) 8. "He's just a man named Gatsby." 9. "I wondered if the fact that he was not drinking helped to set him off from his guests." (Nick about Gatsby) 10. "He came alive to me, delivered suddenly from the womb of his purposeless splendor." (Nick about Gatsby when he realized Gatsby's dream) 11. ". . . he stared around at his possessions in a dazed way, as though in her actual astounding presence none of it was any longer real." (Nick about Gatsby when he showed him his house) Gatsby Quotations Page 2 12. "He had been full of the idea so long . . . Now in the reaction, he was running down like an over-wound clock." (Nick about Gatsby after he had met with Daisy) 13. "Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of the [green] light had now vanished forever." (Nick about Gatsby after he had met with Daisy) 14. "There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams -- not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything." (Nick about Gatsby after he had met with Daisy) 15. "I wouldn't ask too much of her," I ventured. "You can't repeat the past." (Nick to Gatsby about Daisy) 16. "He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would not romp again like the mind of God." (Nick of Gatsby) 17. "So the whole caravansary had fallen in like a card house at the disapproval of her eyes." (Nick after Daisy had come to Gatsby's party) 18. "What'll we do with ourselves this afternoon?" cried Daisy, "and the day after that, and the next thirty years?" 19. "But it's so hot," insisted Daisy, . . ." and everything is so confused. Let's all go to town." 20. "Ah," she cried, "you look so cool." (Daisy to Gatsby in front of Tom) 21. "You resemble the advertisement of the man," she went on innocently. (Daisy to Gatsby in front of Tom) 22. "Her voice is full of money." (Gatsby to Nick about Daisy) 23. ". . . and it occurred to me that there was no difference between men, in intelligence or race, so profound as the difference between the sick and the well. Wilson was so sick that he looked guilty. . . ." (Nick after the accident) 24. "Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life and family institutions, and next they'll throw everything overboard and have intermarriage between black and white." (Tom after he finds out about Daisy's affair) 25. "I was thirty." (Nick) 26. ". . . anybody would have said that they were conspiring together." (Nick as he looked at Tom and Daisy in their home after the accident) 27. "So I walked away and left him standing there in the moonlight -- watching over nothing." (Nick about Gatsby's remaining outside Daisy's house after the accident) 28. "They're a rotten crowd," I shouted across the lawn. "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together." (Nick to Gatsby) 29. "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy." (Nick) 30. "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
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