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Chapter 1 Quotes

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.
"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Nick Carraway
 
"And I hope she'll be a fool — that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Daisy Buchanan
 
[Gatsby gazed at] a single green light, minute and faraway, that might have been the end of a dock.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
 

Chapter 2 Quotes

This is a Valley of Ashes—a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air. Occasionally a line of gray cars crawls along an invisible track, gives out a ghastly creak, and comes to rest, and immediately the ash-gray men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud, which screens their obscure operations from your sight.
Location: Chapter 2
Speaker: Jay Gatsby
 

Chapter 3 Quotes

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 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.
Location: Chapter 3
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
 

Chapter 5 Quotes

"It makes me sad because I've never seen such — such beautiful shirts before."
Location: Chapter 5
Speaker: Daisy Buchanan
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
 

Chapter 6 Quotes

The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God—a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that—and he must be about His Father's business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end.
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
 
"I wouldn't ask too much of her," I ventured. "You can't repeat the past."
"Can't repeat the past?" he cried incredulously. "Why of course you can!"
He looked around him wildly, as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand.
Location: Chapter 6
Speakers: Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Daisy Buchanan
 

Chapter 7 Quotes

"Her [Daisy] voice is full of money," he [Gatsby] said suddenly.
That was it. I'd never understood before. It was full of money—that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals' song of it.
Location: Chapter 7
Speakers: Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Daisy Buchanan
 

Chapter 8 Quotes

"They're a rotten crowd," I shouted across the lawn. "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together."
I've always been glad I said that. It was the only compliment I ever gave him, because I disapproved of him from beginning to end. First he nodded politely, and then his face broke into that radiant and understanding smile, as if we'd been in ecstatic cahoots on that fact all the time.
Location: Chapter 8
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
 

Chapter 9 Quotes

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.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan
 
That's my Middle West . . . the street lamps and sleigh bells in the frosty dark. . . . I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all—Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan, Jordan Baker
 
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.... And as I sat there, brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out Daisy's light at the end of his dock. He had come such a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close he could hardly fail to grasp it. But what he did not know was that it was already behind him, somewhere in the vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan
 
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And then one fine morning—So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
 

Jay Gatsby Quotes

[Gatsby gazed at] a single green light, minute and faraway, that might have been the end of a dock.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
 
This is a Valley of Ashes—a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air. Occasionally a line of gray cars crawls along an invisible track, gives out a ghastly creak, and comes to rest, and immediately the ash-gray men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud, which screens their obscure operations from your sight.
Location: Chapter 2
Speaker: Jay Gatsby
 
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 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.
Location: Chapter 3
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
 
"It makes me sad because I've never seen such — such beautiful shirts before."
Location: Chapter 5
Speaker: Daisy Buchanan
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
 
The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God—a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that—and he must be about His Father's business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end.
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
 
"I wouldn't ask too much of her," I ventured. "You can't repeat the past."
"Can't repeat the past?" he cried incredulously. "Why of course you can!"
He looked around him wildly, as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand.
Location: Chapter 6
Speakers: Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Daisy Buchanan
 
"Her [Daisy] voice is full of money," he [Gatsby] said suddenly.
That was it. I'd never understood before. It was full of money—that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals' song of it.
Location: Chapter 7
Speakers: Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Daisy Buchanan
 
"They're a rotten crowd," I shouted across the lawn. "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together."
I've always been glad I said that. It was the only compliment I ever gave him, because I disapproved of him from beginning to end. First he nodded politely, and then his face broke into that radiant and understanding smile, as if we'd been in ecstatic cahoots on that fact all the time.
Location: Chapter 8
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
 
That's my Middle West . . . the street lamps and sleigh bells in the frosty dark. . . . I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all—Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan, Jordan Baker
 
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.... And as I sat there, brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out Daisy's light at the end of his dock. He had come such a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close he could hardly fail to grasp it. But what he did not know was that it was already behind him, somewhere in the vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan
 
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And then one fine morning—So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
 

Nick Carraway Quotes

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.
"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Nick Carraway
 
[Gatsby gazed at] a single green light, minute and faraway, that might have been the end of a dock.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
 
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 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.
Location: Chapter 3
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
 
The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God—a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that—and he must be about His Father's business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end.
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
 
"I wouldn't ask too much of her," I ventured. "You can't repeat the past."
"Can't repeat the past?" he cried incredulously. "Why of course you can!"
He looked around him wildly, as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand.
Location: Chapter 6
Speakers: Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Daisy Buchanan
 
"Her [Daisy] voice is full of money," he [Gatsby] said suddenly.
That was it. I'd never understood before. It was full of money—that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals' song of it.
Location: Chapter 7
Speakers: Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Daisy Buchanan
 
"They're a rotten crowd," I shouted across the lawn. "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together."
I've always been glad I said that. It was the only compliment I ever gave him, because I disapproved of him from beginning to end. First he nodded politely, and then his face broke into that radiant and understanding smile, as if we'd been in ecstatic cahoots on that fact all the time.
Location: Chapter 8
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
 
That's my Middle West . . . the street lamps and sleigh bells in the frosty dark. . . . I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all—Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan, Jordan Baker
 
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.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan
 
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.... And as I sat there, brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out Daisy's light at the end of his dock. He had come such a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close he could hardly fail to grasp it. But what he did not know was that it was already behind him, somewhere in the vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan
 
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And then one fine morning—So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
 

Daisy Buchanan Quotes

"And I hope she'll be a fool — that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Daisy Buchanan
 
"It makes me sad because I've never seen such — such beautiful shirts before."
Location: Chapter 5
Speaker: Daisy Buchanan
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
 
"I wouldn't ask too much of her," I ventured. "You can't repeat the past."
"Can't repeat the past?" he cried incredulously. "Why of course you can!"
He looked around him wildly, as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand.
Location: Chapter 6
Speakers: Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Daisy Buchanan
 
"Her [Daisy] voice is full of money," he [Gatsby] said suddenly.
That was it. I'd never understood before. It was full of money—that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals' song of it.
Location: Chapter 7
Speakers: Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Daisy Buchanan
 
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.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan
 
That's my Middle West . . . the street lamps and sleigh bells in the frosty dark. . . . I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all—Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan, Jordan Baker
 
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.... And as I sat there, brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out Daisy's light at the end of his dock. He had come such a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close he could hardly fail to grasp it. But what he did not know was that it was already behind him, somewhere in the vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan
 

Tom Buchanan Quotes

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.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan
 
That's my Middle West . . . the street lamps and sleigh bells in the frosty dark. . . . I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all—Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan, Jordan Baker
 

Jordan Baker Quotes

That's my Middle West . . . the street lamps and sleigh bells in the frosty dark. . . . I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all—Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan, Jordan Baker
 

Quotes for the "The Roaring Twenties" Theme

"And I hope she'll be a fool — that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Daisy Buchanan
•Other themes related to this quote: Class (Old Money, New Money, No Money)

The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God—a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that—and he must be about His Father's business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end.
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
"They're a rotten crowd," I shouted across the lawn. "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together."
I've always been glad I said that. It was the only compliment I ever gave him, because I disapproved of him from beginning to end. First he nodded politely, and then his face broke into that radiant and understanding smile, as if we'd been in ecstatic cahoots on that fact all the time.
Location: Chapter 8
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
•Other themes related to this quote: Class (Old Money, New Money, No Money)

That's my Middle West . . . the street lamps and sleigh bells in the frosty dark. . . . I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all—Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan, Jordan Baker
•Other themes related to this quote: The American Dream

Quotes for the "The American Dream" Theme

[Gatsby gazed at] a single green light, minute and faraway, that might have been the end of a dock.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
•Other themes related to this quote: Past and Future

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 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.
Location: Chapter 3
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby

"It makes me sad because I've never seen such — such beautiful shirts before."
Location: Chapter 5
Speaker: Daisy Buchanan
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
•Other themes related to this quote: Class (Old Money, New Money, No Money), Past and Future

The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God—a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that—and he must be about His Father's business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end.
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
"I wouldn't ask too much of her," I ventured. "You can't repeat the past."
"Can't repeat the past?" he cried incredulously. "Why of course you can!"
He looked around him wildly, as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand.
Location: Chapter 6
Speakers: Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Daisy Buchanan
•Other themes related to this quote: Past and Future

"Her [Daisy] voice is full of money," he [Gatsby] said suddenly.
That was it. I'd never understood before. It was full of money—that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals' song of it.
Location: Chapter 7
Speakers: Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Daisy Buchanan
•Other themes related to this quote: Class (Old Money, New Money, No Money)

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.... And as I sat there, brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out Daisy's light at the end of his dock. He had come such a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close he could hardly fail to grasp it. But what he did not know was that it was already behind him, somewhere in the vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan
•Other themes related to this quote: Past and Future

That's my Middle West . . . the street lamps and sleigh bells in the frosty dark. . . . I see now that this has been a story of the West, after all—Tom and Gatsby, Daisy and Jordan and I, were all Westerners, and perhaps we possessed some deficiency in common which made us subtly unadaptable to Eastern life.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan, Jordan Baker
•Other themes related to this quote: The Roaring Twenties

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And then one fine morning—So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
•Other themes related to this quote: Past and Future

Quotes for the "Class (Old Money, New Money, No Money)" Theme

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.
"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Nick Carraway

"And I hope she'll be a fool — that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Daisy Buchanan
•Other themes related to this quote: The Roaring Twenties

This is a Valley of Ashes—a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air. Occasionally a line of gray cars crawls along an invisible track, gives out a ghastly creak, and comes to rest, and immediately the ash-gray men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud, which screens their obscure operations from your sight.
Location: Chapter 2
Speaker: Jay Gatsby

"It makes me sad because I've never seen such — such beautiful shirts before."
Location: Chapter 5
Speaker: Daisy Buchanan
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
•Other themes related to this quote: The American Dream, Past and Future

The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God—a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that—and he must be about His Father's business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end.
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
•Other themes related to this quote: The Roaring Twenties, The American Dream, Past and Future

"Her [Daisy] voice is full of money," he [Gatsby] said suddenly.
That was it. I'd never understood before. It was full of money—that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals' song of it.
Location: Chapter 7
Speakers: Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Daisy Buchanan
•Other themes related to this quote: The American Dream

"They're a rotten crowd," I shouted across the lawn. "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together."
I've always been glad I said that. It was the only compliment I ever gave him, because I disapproved of him from beginning to end. First he nodded politely, and then his face broke into that radiant and understanding smile, as if we'd been in ecstatic cahoots on that fact all the time.
Location: Chapter 8
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
•Other themes related to this quote: The Roaring Twenties

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.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan

Quotes for the "Past and Future" Theme

[Gatsby gazed at] a single green light, minute and faraway, that might have been the end of a dock.
Location: Chapter 1
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
•Other themes related to this quote: The American Dream

"It makes me sad because I've never seen such — such beautiful shirts before."
Location: Chapter 5
Speaker: Daisy Buchanan
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
•Other themes related to this quote: The American Dream, Class (Old Money, New Money, No Money)

The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God—a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that—and he must be about His Father's business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end.
Location: Chapter 6
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
"I wouldn't ask too much of her," I ventured. "You can't repeat the past."
"Can't repeat the past?" he cried incredulously. "Why of course you can!"
He looked around him wildly, as if the past were lurking here in the shadow of his house, just out of reach of his hand.
Location: Chapter 6
Speakers: Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Daisy Buchanan
•Other themes related to this quote: The American Dream

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.... And as I sat there, brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out Daisy's light at the end of his dock. He had come such a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close he could hardly fail to grasp it. But what he did not know was that it was already behind him, somewhere in the vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan
•Other themes related to this quote: The American Dream

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And then one fine morning—So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
Location: Chapter 9
Speaker: Nick Carraway
Mentioned or related: Jay Gatsby
•Other themes related to this quote: The American Dream