F. Scott FitzgeraldF. Scott Fitzgerald, (1896-1940) American novelist and short story writer

F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote

“Either you think – or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.”

F. Scott FitzgeraldF. Scott Fitzgerald
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tender is the Night, 1934

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me again
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me again    8/31/06

This is not true in the case of personal power.Personal power can be weakened but the only way to lose it is to give it up.

Mike, Norwalk

Most of the liberal and conservative's babababbel in this blog prove out this quote. The socialist and fascist agendas of today's intellectual rabble don't have a pregnant idea between them. A nation of individual sovereign nobles think for themselves, all else is sterile perversion, and will collapse under the weight of its own forced sterility.

Mike, Norwalk

Editor, your filters are blocking comments still

Anonymous, Reston, VA US

"Think" is not the key, heck the lowest form of citizen (e.g. people like Bush) "think", the problem is that they do not "think clearly", that their logic is fuzzy and perverted.

Joe, Rochester, MI

Just like a liberal to deny this quote because it's the wrong type of thinking. Rather like talking about horses, and we should not talk unles it's about "big" horses.

Editor, Liberty Quotes

Sorry, Mike. The SPAM filter was filtering 'cialis' -- however, that word is found in the word 'socialist'. ;-) It has been resolved. Thanks!

Mike, Norwalk

Editor, Thank you

E Archer, NYC

This is absolutely true! If you don't direct your life, someone will direct it for you.

Ken, Allyn, WA

How appropriate that "cialis" is found in the word "socialist", considering its use.

jim k, Austin, Tx

A good example of this is religion. People, especially fundamentalists tend to believe what they were taught as children by their parents and their church. They don't think or question very much but they do have faith and hope and do a lot of believing. Politics is another example. I vote democrat(or republican) because my dad voted that way. Recent elections are proof that a lot of voters aren't big on "thinking".


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