David Jaworowski

The Great Gatsby~Quotes

1. “Whenever you feel like criticising any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” (p. 1)

2. "… there was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget: a singing compulsion, a whispered “Listen,” a promise that she had done gay, exciting things just a while since and that there were gay, exciting things hovering in the next hour." (p. 11)

3. "The idea is if we don't look out the white race will be  --- will be utterly submerged.  It's all scientific stuff; it's been proved" (p. 17)

4. “‘The only crazy I was was when I married him. I knew right away I made a mistake. He borrowed somebody’s best suit to get married in and never even told me about it, and the man came after it one when he was out.’” (p. 39) 

5. “‘Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!’ shouted Mrs. Wilson. ‘I’ll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai—’ Making a short deft movement Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand.” (p. 41)

6. "It's just a crazy thing, I just slip it on sometimes when I don't care what I look like" (p. 35)

7. "Gatsby, standing alone on the marble steps and looking from one group to another with approving eyes" (p. 54)

8. "He snatched the book from me and replaced it hastily on its shelf muttering that if one brick was removed the whole library was liable to collapse." (p. 50)

9. "It takes two to make an accident" (p. 63)

10. "He was never quite still; there was always a tapping foot somewhere or the impatient opening and closing of a hand."
(p. 68)

11. "They were never quite the same ones in physical person but they were so identical one with another that it inevitably seemed they had been there before" (p. 67)

12. "why you won't come out frankly and tell me what you want. Why has it all got to come through Miss Baker?" (p. 76)

13. "Ones thing for sure and nothing's surer.  The rich get richer and the poor get-- children." (p.100)

14. “His bedroom was the simplest room of all---except where the dresser was garnished with a toilet set of pure dull gold" (p. 97)

15. "I keep it always full of intresting people, night and day. People who do intresting things. Celebrated people." (p. 96)

16. "‘You can’t repeat the past.’ ‘Can’t repeat the past?’ he cried incredulously. ‘Why of course you can!’” (p. 116)

17. "I remember the portrait of him up in Gatsby's bedroom, a grey, florid man with a hard empty face-- the pioneer debauchee who during one phase of American life brought back to the eastern seaboard the savage violence of the frontier brothel and saloon." (p.106)

18. "Perhaps some unbelievable guest would arrive, a person infinitely rare and to be marvelled at, some authentically radiant young girl who with one fresh glance at Gatsby, one moment of magical encounter, would blot out those five years of unwavering devotion." (P. 115)

19. "He opened the door but she moved out from the circle of his arm. 'You take Nick and Jordan, We'll follow you in the coupe' She walked close to Gatsby" (p. 128)

20. "I can't speak about what happened five years ago because I didn't know Daisy then-and I'll be damned if I see how you got within a mile of her unless you brought the groceries to the back door. But all the rest of that's a god damned lie. Daisy loved me when she married me and she loves me now' (p. 138)

21. "Myrtle Wilson's face it seemed purposeless and inexplicable until I realized that her eyes wide with jealous terror, were fixed not on Tom but on Jordan Baker, whom she took to be his wife" (p. 131)

22. "Gatsby stretched out his hand desperately as if to snatch only a wisp of air, to save a fragment of the spot that she had made lovely for him. But it was all going by too fast...and he knew that he had lost that part of it, the freshest and the best, forever." (p. 153)

23. "God knows what you've been doing, everything you've been doing. You may fool me, but you can't fool God!" (p. 160)

24. "It excited him, too, that many men had already loved Daisy - it increased her value in his eyes." (p. 148)

Respond, Analyze, and Evaluate

This quote is found on page one, and gives me a good feeling about the speaker. I had barely even started to read the story when i came upon this inspiring quote. It shows that Nick Carraway is a caring person, not only of himself, but caring of others as well.

Daisy comes across as a very wonderful woman, she is introduced as "laughing an absurd, charming, little laugh." She immediately makes a good impression on Nick, even though he has contradictory impressions and emotions, and she also makes a good impression on the reader(me).

Tom comes across, to me, as a dumb old rich person. He hides behind his money, and believes that he is smart, but all the while is dumb and doesn't know what he's talking about.

I think this quote says a lot about george. It shows that he was deceiving Myrtle in a way. Before marrying him Myrtle thought he was wealthier than he was. It shows me that george is a liar.

I realize by now that tom is a violent and angry man, but I did not see this coming. Myrtle is most likely acting this way because she is jealous that she doesn't have a man like Tom rather than her husband George. And george still has feelings for his wife so he retaliates by punching her in the face.

I don't quite understand why Myrtle puts on this fancy expensive dress, only when she doesn't care what she looks like. She is very poor, so you would think that she would wear this when she wants to impress people.

Gatsby seems to hold parties, just to watch people have a good time. He seems to be a pretty nice man, but I wonder what he has to gain from his parties. 

I think this quote is some foreshadowing for an event in the future. It sounds completely mysterious to me, and leads me to believe that something will fall apart in the future.

This quote probably has no significance in the story whatsoever, but i chose it because i think it is hilarious! It shows me that Jordan is a stupid and ignorant person to say something like that. She meant that her carelessness on the road is not a problem because other people should be paying attention to her. IDIOT

I feel like Gatsby is hiding something. This jittery movement could be result of a disease he has, but if not, it means he is nervous or impatient. Maybe Gatsby isn't as powerful as people seem to think.

This could mean many things. Benny could be trying to surround himself with a girl that looks like someone from his past. Serial Killers sometimes kill people that look like someone they know.

This I can really relate to myself because I personally hate when people can't just be upfront with you. I respect Nick for telling her how it is.

I think this is hilarious. There is a saying that says "The rich get richer and the poor get prison" This is a funny skew in the phrase.

Gatsby has soo many nice things in his house, and he doesn't care about any of it. I found it interesting that he even went as far as buying a gold toilet to impress Daisy. He thinks that his wealth was the only thing missing from his relationship with her 5 years ago.

This explains my concern from earlier about why Gatsby has parties all the time. He is a very lonely man and simply wants company throughout his long boring days.

This is a very encouraging thought. I like the idea that anything you once had, you can have again. I don't think it is entirely true, but its a good thought.

This is Nick talking about a portrait in Gatsby's room. I feel like Fitzgerald is trying to give us an idea of Gatsby's past. That he is a Veteran of life; Wise.

Daisy obviously regrets leaving Gatsby's party. She's wondering if by any chance he would meet another woman and forget about her immediately.

I think this quote really brings out Daisy's sense of betrayal toward Tom. Even though she is married to Tom, she straight up tells him she will go with Gatsby. It shows that her feelings are for Gatsby once again.

This quote is important because Tom acts like he actually loves Daisy. This is pretty weird because the whole time i was reading I got the impression that Tom did not care about Daisy at all.

I found this quote to be interesting because i thought it was kind of weird that Myrtle has no problem sleeping with Tom, but is completely horrified when she sees what she believes to be Tom's wife. I think upon seeing "Tom's wife", she feels upset because of morality reasons (as if it were fine before she saw her face), because when she looked at her, she saw a person, not some supposed figure.

I think that Fitzgerald used this quote to show Gatsby letting go of his dreamlike view of Daisy. I think this is where he finally realizes that he was expecting far more than she could ever live up to.

This quote definitely makes obvious the symbolism of T.J. Eckleburg's eyes on the billboard as being god. Immediately after this quote, Eckleburg's eyes appear out of the fog. 

This to me was pretty interesting because it shows just how Tom can be. He is not worried about the fact that he might lose his wife, but he is enjoying the fact that other people have loved her. It makes him feel like he won.