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Nick Carraway Quotes

18 of the best book quotes from Nick Carraway
  1. #1
    “‘You make me feel uncivilized, Daisy,’ I confessed on my second glass of corky but rather impressive claret. ‘Can’t you talk about crops or something?’”
  2. #2
    “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.”
  3. #3
    “He looked at her the way all women want to be looked at by a man.”
  4. #4
    “All I kept thinking about, over and over, was ‘You can’t live forever; you can’t live forever.”
  5. #5
    “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and . . . then retreated back into their money . . . and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”
  6. #6
    “No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.”
  7. #7
    “So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight.”
  8. #8
    “I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.”
  9. #9
    “There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.”
  1. #10
    “Life is much more successfully looked at from a single window.”
  2. #11
    “Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away.”
  3. #12
    “Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.”
  4. #13
    “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.’”
  5. #14
    “I am still a little afraid of missing something if I forget that, as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth.”
  6. #15
    “He had 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.”
  7. #16
    “Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope.”
  8. #17
    “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.”
  9. #18
    “I wasn’t actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity.”
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