The Great Gatsby Quotes with Page Numbers

In my younger and more vulnerable years, my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. – Chapter 1, page 7

Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope. – Chapter 1, page 1

Whenever you feel like criticizing any one…just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had. – Chapter 1, page 1

You can’t repeat the past. – Chapter 6, page 109

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. – Chapter 9, page 189

I hope she’ll be a fool — that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool. – Chapter 1, page 17

There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired. – Chapter 4, page 69

I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy. – Chapter 3, page 50

I wasn’t actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity. – Chapter 1, page 9

I married him because I thought he was a gentleman… I thought he knew something about breeding. – Chapter 2, page 34

And I like being alone. Maybe loneliness is my specialty. – Chapter 2, page 51

Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can! – Chapter 6, page 110

He had one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it. – Chapter 1, page 8

That’s my Middle West… the street lamps and sleigh bells in the frosty dark. – Chapter 1, page 8

I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others, too. – Chapter 1, page 8

He was never quite still; there was always a tapping foot somewhere or the impatient opening and closing of a hand. – Chapter 1, page 10

An Oxford man! Like hell he is! He wears a pink suit. – Chapter 4, page 65

The exhilarating ripple of her voice was a wild tonic in the rain. – Chapter 1, page 18

I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool–that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool. – Chapter 1, page 17

They’re a rotten crowd. You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together. – Chapter 8, page 154

He smiled understandingly — much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles. – Chapter 3, page 50

But you’re the one that wanted me to get some money. Your unreasonable family demands money, of all things. – Chapter 4, page 73

But above the gray land and the spasms of bleak dust which drift endlessly over it, you perceive, after a moment, the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg. – Chapter 2, page 27

Do you come to these parties often?The expression of pain left his face and coagulated into thought. – Chapter 3, page 48

Her eyebrows had been plucked and then drawn on again at a more rakish angle but the efforts of nature toward the restoration of the old alignment gave a blurred air to her face. – Chapter 4, page 63

No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart. – Chapter 5, page 97

His determination to have Myrtle…was founded in nothing less solid than Gatsby’s romantic readiness. – Chapter 7, page 125

She’s got an indiscreet voice… It’s full of — I hesitated. Her voice is full of money. – Chapter 7, page 127

There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired. – Chapter 4, page 84

You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad thing that happened to me. – Chapter 4, page 82

I’m thirty, I said. I’m five years too old to lie to myself and call it honor. – Chapter 5, page 91

I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife. – Chapter 6, page 117

The one on my right was a colossal affair by any standard–it was a factual imitation of some Hôtel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool and more than forty acres of lawn and garden. – Chapter 1, page 5

You’re revolting. Do you know why we left Chicago? I’m surprised they didn’t treat you to the story of that little spree. – Chapter 1, page 19

You see, I think everything’s terrible anyhow… And I know. I’ve been everywhere and seen everything and done everything. – Chapter 7, page 130

You always look so cool, she repeated. She had told him that she loved him, and Tom Buchanan saw. – Chapter 7, page 124

Daisy, Daisy, Daisy! I’ll say it whenever I want to! – Chapter 7, page 125

They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together and let other people clean up the mess they had made. – Chapter 9, page 188

They’re a rotten crowd. You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together. – Chapter 8, page 160

They’re a rotten crowd. You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together. – Chapter 8, page 160

And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes. – a fresh, green breast of the new world. – Chapter 5, page 91

What’ll we do with ourselves this afternoon?” cried Daisy, “and the day after that, and the next thirty years? – Chapter 7, page 130

There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired. – Chapter 4, page 69

He smiled understandingly — much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles. – Chapter 3, page 50

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. – Chapter 9, page 189

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