In honor of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby opening this weekend, I’m devoting this week’s Pop Philosophy to F. Scott’s main squeeze, Zelda Fitzgerald. Say what you will about Zelda, but she’s clearly enduringly captivating, both as an artist and person in her own right and as her husband captured her in oh so many tales of the jazz age—though not, in fact, Gatsby. Daisy Buchanan was inspired by socialite Ginerva King.
“I don’t want to live, I want to love first and live incidentally.” ― Zelda Fitzgerald
“We grew up founding our dreams on the infinite promise of American advertising. I still believe that one can learn to play the piano by mail and that mud will give you a perfect complexion.” ― Zelda Fitzgerald
“I am really only myself when I’m somebody else whom I have endowed with these wonderful qualities from my imagination.” ― Zelda Fitzgerald
“Youth doesn’t need friends – it only needs crowds.”― Zelda Fitzgerald
“By the time a person has achieved years adequate for choosing a direction, the die is cast and the moment has long since passed which determined the future.” ― Zelda Fitzgerald
“Why do we spend years using up our bodies to nurture our minds with experience and find our minds turning then to our exhausted bodies for solace?”― Zelda Fitzgerald