[Quotes] Beautiful Lines In The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession with the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan. The story is told from the perspective of Nick, a young man just moves from the Midwest to New York. Along with his narration, we get to know the past and mystery of Gatsby. The story explores the theme of decadence and idealism and exposes the dreariness behind the American Dream.

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Today, let’s look at some of the classic quotes from The Great Gatsby: 💡

He talked a lot about the past, and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy. His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could once return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was.

Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.

There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.

You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad thing that happened to me.

 

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Their eyes met and they stared together at each other, alone in space.

‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages you’ve had.’

Calmness wasn’t an end in itself.

His dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him.

 

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I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others — young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life.

I love New York on summer afternoons when everyone’s away. There’s something very sensuous about it — overripe, as if all sorts of funny fruits were going to fall into your hands.

I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

 

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Time to learn some collocations and sentence structures:

His dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it.

  1. fail to do…: to be unsuccessful when you try to do something
  • They have failed to come up with any practical solutions.
  • He fails to understand its real significance.

You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad thing that happened to me.

2. find oneself somewhere/doing something: to realize that you are in a place or doing something without really intending or planning to

  • Later that evening I found myself back at Jason’s flat.
  • I found myself agreeing with everything she said.

 

Please write down your own sentences by using one of the collocations, and leave your comments down below. We are looking forward to your answers!

That’s all for today. Have a good day!

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