The following are quotes from the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
“He smiled understandingly—much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with the quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced—or it seemed to face—the whole external 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. (48)”
“Then came the war, old sport. It was a great relief, and I tired very hard to die, but I seemed to bear an enchanted life. (66)”
“Unlike Gatsby and Tom Buchanon, I had no girl whose disembodied face floated along the dark cornices and building signs, and so I drew up the girl beside me, tightening my arms. Her wan, scornful mouth smiled, so I drew her up again closer, this time to my face. (80)”
“No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart. (96)”
“It is invariably saddening to look through new eyes at things upon which you have expended your own powers of adjustment. (104)”
“I was thirty. Before me stretched the portentous, menacing road of a new decade. (135)”