Whenever you feel like criticizing any one, just remember that all the peoplein this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.
A sense of the fundamental decencies is parceled out unequally at birth.
Conduct may be founded on the hard rock or the wet marshes, but after acertain point I don’t care what it’s founded on.
Yet high over the city our line of yellow windows must have contributed theirshare of human secrecy to the casual watcher in the darkening streets, and I washim too, looking up and wondering. I was within and without, simultaneouslyenchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.
He smiled understandingly—much more than understandingly. It was one of thoserare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, which you may comeacross four or five times in life. It faced—or seemed to face—the whole externalworld for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistibleprejudice in your favor. It understood you just so far as you wanted to beunderstood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, andassured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, youhoped to convey.
Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues andthis
There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.
He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all thetime, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way. No amountof fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostlyheart.
He was a son of God—a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that—andhe must be about His Father’s business, the service of a vast, vulgar, andmeretricious beauty.
So engrossed was she that she had no consciousness of being observed, and oneemotion after another crept into her face like objects into a slowly developingpicture.
I couldn’t sleep all night; a fog-horn was groaning incessantly on the Sound,and I tossed half-sick between grotesque reality and savage, frighteningdreams.
She vanished into her rich house, into her rich, full life, leavingGatsby—nothing.
13、盖茨比比以前任何时候都深切地感受到了财富所能赐予青春的魅力和它所能持有的神秘，感受到了锦衣靓饰的清新怡人，意识到了像银子似的发着熠熠光彩的黛西，安然傲倨于劳苦人为生活所做的拼死斗争之上。Gatsbywas overwhelmingly aware of the youth and mystery that wealth imprisons andpreserves, of the freshness of many clothes, and of Daisy, gleaming like silver,safe and proud above the hot struggles of the poor.
What could you make of that, except to suspect some intensity in hisconception of the affair that couldn’t be measured?
If that was true he must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paida high price for living too long with a single dream. He must have looked up atan unfamiliar sky through frightening leaves and shivered as he found what agrotesque thing a rose is and how raw the sunlight was upon the scarcely createdgrass. A new world, material without being real, where poor ghosts, breathingdreams like air, drifted fortuitously about . . .
I’m thirty. I’m five years too old to lie to myself and call it honor.
And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away untilgradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutchsailors’ eyes—a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, thetrees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to thelast and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment manmust have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into anaesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for thelast time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.
He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed soclose that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was alreadybehind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where thedark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into thepast.
20、All the bright precious things fade so fast...and they don't comeback.