‘The Great Gatsby’ Quotes

Thursday, August 11 by Irving Oala

F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece novel "The Great Gatsby" has numerous memorable "The Great Gatsby" quotes that sum up the characters, the time period and universal truths from the book. The story takes place in the Roaring Twenties, amidst very rich socialites, following the sordid lives they lead. "The Great Gatsby" quotes below are some of the most memorable from a novel which is widely considered to be one of the best written books of all time.

  1. "Whenever you feel like criticizing someone, just remember all the people in the world haven't had the advantages you have had." This "The Great Gatsby" quote is from Nick's father and is in the opening of the novel. It is useful advice for people in that time and human beings in general, especially from the upper class, who may look down on people around them.
  2. "I am still a little afraid of missing something if I forget that, as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parceled out unequally at birth." This "The Great Gatsby" quote shows how our main character, Nick, is fully aware of his class and how it is an unfair advantage that has affected people and societies since the beginning of humankind. This shows a lot about his character and he keeps the influence of class in mind with everyone he meets.
  3. "So we beat on, boats against  the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." This "The Great Gatsby" quote is symbolic of what America once stood for and what it has now become. He is in a boat with Gatsby and he sees that Gatsby himself represents the success and high society that American wealth has built. When he is gone, it will not hold as much significance.
  4. "It was full of money — that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals' song of it… high in a white palace, the king's daughter, the golden girl…" This "The Great Gatsby" quote is when Nick is at the Buchanan's house, realizing how their identities have been entirely shaped by their incredible wealth. In truth, they are so made from it that he and Gatsby feel like outsiders when they are around them.
  5. "I was thirty. Before me stretched the portentous, menacing road of a new decade." This "The Great Gatsby" quote refers to Nick's fear of getting older, primarily because he fears going through old age alone. As Nick represents America in a way, it is also a sign that he is depressed and afraid of age as he has no idea what lies ahead now that he has seen great times and incredible wealth.

- Eli Kooris