15 Times we fell in love with Gatsby from “The Great Gatsby”

In the epic classic novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby is a kind person and somewhat of a romantic idealist who is madly in love with Daisy Buchanan. He is the type of character that never leaves you, the type you can’t forget about after the book is finished.

Gatsby is a resourceful, innocent dreamer who, albeit is slightly restless and delusional, has an air of mystery around him. But he’s the type of man you can’t help but love.

Here are 15 times we fell a bit in love with Gatsby through the novel.

1. 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 so 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.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (Nick)

2. “The officer looked at Daisy while she was speaking, in a way that every young girl wants to be looked at sometime, and because it seemed romantic to me I have remembered the incident ever since.”
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (Jordan)

3. If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away. This responsiveness had nothing to do with that flabby impressionability which is dignified under the name of the “creative temperament” — it was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again. 
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (Nick)


4. Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (Nick)

5. It was testimony to the romantic speculation he inspired that there were whispers about him from those who had found little that it was necessary to whisper about in this world.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (Nick)

6. His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy’s white face came up to his own. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed like a flower and the incarnation was complete.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (Nick)


7. “Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!” 
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (Gatsby)

8. When I came back from the East last autumn I felt that I wanted the world to be in uniform and at a sort of moral attention forever; I wanted no more riotous excursions with privileged glimpses into the human heart. Only Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book, was exempt from my reaction—Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (Nick)

9. He talked a lot about the past and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy.  
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (Nick)


10. After all, in the very casualness of Gatsby’s party there were romantic possibilities totally absent from her world.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (Nick)

11. “I can’t describe to you how surprised I was to find out I loved her, old sport. I even hoped for a while that she’d throw me over, but she didn’t, because she was in love with me too. She thought I knew a lot because I knew different things from her. . . . Well, there I was, ‘way off my ambitions, getting deeper in love every minute, and all of a sudden I didn’t care. What was the use of doing great things if I could have a better time telling her what I was going to do?” 
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (Gatsby)

12. He hadn’t once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes. Sometimes, too, he stared around at his possessions in a dazed way, as though in her actual and astounding presence none of it was any longer real.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (Nick)


13. “You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad things that happened to me.”
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (Gatsby)

14. The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his platonic conception of himself.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (Nick)

15. Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (Nick)



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