“He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced–or seemed to face–the whole eternal world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
I love love love this book, but it make me so sad. I think this might be my favourite quote from the book. It makes me want to know Gatsby despite his shady past and habit of telling tall tales.
And I saw the film last week… I know it’s a cliché but the book was much better….
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
– William Morris
Though this quote is possibly over used I still quite like it. I saw it again at a jewelers studio when attending Clerkenwell Design Week.
“Always be yourself unless you can be a unicorn, then always be a unicorn”
Where is this from? But where ever it’s from its great…
“If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and, if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the Universe would turn to a mighty stranger. I should not seem a part of it.”
– Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
I read this book a while ago…It’s a good book…
” Do you know that feeling in the car when somebody’s accelerating very very fast and you’re not driving? And you get that ‘uphhv’ thing in your chest, when you’re forced backward, and you’re not sure whether you like it or not. It’s that kind of feeling – That’s what success was like… It was very frightening.” – David Bowie on success
This is quote is from the 1975 documentary about David Bowie, Cracked Actor, which was shown again by the BBC to mark the comeback album, The Next Day, and a new exhibition at the V&A.
“…May I ask why you gentlemen prefer to lounge away your leisure hours in a room which is chiefly furnished, as far as I can see, with scrubbing brushes. And when the human race has progressed to a stage where seventeen thousand chairs are manufactured every day except Sunday…”
– May Day by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This is quote is from Fitzgerald’s May Day, another one of his short stories which I finished reading. I found this point of the story very interesting as there is an obvious social divide between Peter Himmel and the two ‘driftwood’ soldiers he is addressing, Keys and Rose.