24 Iconic Jay Gatsby Quotes From Fitzgerald's Old Sport

'The Great Gatsby' is one of the most famous novels that is still read by thousands

The original name of the iconic Jay Gatsby is James Gatz.

Jay Gatsby is a vivid character from the novel 'The Great Gatsby' written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The novel 'The Great Gatsby' was published in 1925.

Jay Gatsby is the owner of a mansion that is very luxurious, he can afford it because Gatsby is a millionaire. Jay Gatsby is known to host amazingly extravagant parties in his mansion. The narrator of the novel, Nick Carraway, gradually unpacks Jay Gatsby as a wide-eyed innocent man who is hopeful and loves to dream grandly. Other characters in the book and movie include Tom and Daisy Buchanan, who play an important role in the unfolding events. Gatsby has one catchphrase that he loves using: "Old sport!". Similarly, Gatsby's single most infamous line is "Can't repeat the past? Why of course you can!".

Read on also to find some of the best quotes about Jay Gatsby. Reading Jay Gatsby's quotes is guaranteed to blow your mind and take you through the magical world of Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald has done a spectacular job, and this classic still amazes readers all over. When you read the quotes, you will understand how incredibly intricate the writing and the emotions are. They have been worked into the script to give the characters strong personalities that pretty much set the bar in the genre. The cherry on top is Leonardo DiCaprio's acting in the film. He did the character absolute justice and delivered a flawless performance, as expected from such a world-class actor.

If you liked reading these quotes, you can check out these Tom Buchanan quotes or [Daisy Buchanan quotes] for more.

Famous Quotes By Jay Gatsby

Writing a masterpiece isn't planned, it happens when you put passion into your work, which is exactly what F. Scott Fitzgerald did.

Here, you will find Jay Gatsby American Dream quotes and more famous quotes also from the character, including the famous line he says about himself:  "I knew it was a great mistake for a man like me to fall in love..."!

1. "Why, hello old sport!"

- Jay Gatsby, 'The Great Gatsby'.

2. "Can’t repeat the past?… Why of course you can!"

- Jay Gatsby, 'The Great Gatsby'.

3. "Her voice is full of money."

- Jay Gatsby, 'The Great Gatsby'.

4. "I knew it was a great mistake for a man like me to fall in love..."

- Jay Gatsby, 'The Great Gatsby'.

5. "The only respectable thing about you, old sport, is your money... Now, I've just as much as you. That means we're equal."

- Jay Gatsby, 'The Great Gatsby'.

6. "She has to tell him she never loved him."

- Jay Gatsby, 'The Great Gatsby'.

7. "In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars."

- Jay Gatsby, 'The Great Gatsby'.

8. "Daisy Buchanan: Well, I'm certainly glad to see you again.

Jay Gatsby: I-I'm certainly glad to see you, as well."

- 'The Great Gatsby'.

9. "If there's anything that you want, just ask for it, old sport."

- Jay Gatsby, 'The Great Gatsby'.

10. "Do you ever wait for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always wait for the longest day of the year and then miss it!"

- Jay Gatsby, 'The Great Gatsby'.

11. "I never realized how extraordinary a nice girl could be."

- Jay Gatsby, 'The Great Gatsby'.

12. "I knew that when I kissed this girl I would be forever wed to her. So I stopped. I stopped and I waited... Then I just let myself go."

- Jay Gatsby, 'The Great Gatsby'.

13. "Policeman: Pull over! Pull over to the curb!

Jay Gatsby: All right, Old Sport. All right.

[Shows him his business card.]

Policeman: Right, you are! I'll know you next time, Mr. Gatsby."

- 'The Great Gatsby'.

14. "You see, I thought you ought to know something about my life. I didn't want you to think I was... Well, I didn't want you to think I was just some nobody."

- Jay Gatsby, 'The Great Gatsby'.

15. "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

- Jay Gatsby, 'The Great Gatsby'.

Quotes About Jay Gatsby

The character Jay Gatsby is played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie named the same as book: 'The Great Gatsby'.

In this section, we have collected 'The Great Gatsby' Jay Gatsby quotes that will tell you more about the famous character.

16. "His dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him."

- F. Scott Fitzgerald, 'The Great Gatsby'.

17. "He looked at her the way all women want to be looked at by a man."

- F. Scott Fitzgerald, 'The Great Gatsby'.

18. "I thought of Gatsby's wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy's dock. He had come a long way to this lawn and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him."

- Nick Carraway, 'The Great Gatsby'.

19. "He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart."

- F. Scott Fitzgerald, 'The Great Gatsby'.

20. "He was never quite still; there was always a tapping foot somewhere or the impatient opening and closing of a handle."

- F. Scott Fitzgerald, 'The Great Gatsby'.

21. "The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his platonic conception of himself."

- F. Scott Fitzgerald, 'The Great Gatsby'.

22. "Gatsby believed in the green light..."

- F. Scott Fitzgerald, 'The Great Gatsby'.

23. "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."

- F. Scott Fitzgerald, 'The Great Gatsby'.

24. "If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him."

- F. Scott Fitzgerald, 'The Great Gatsby'.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Jay Gatsby quotes from 'The Great Gatsby', why not look at these [Nick Carraway quotes] or Zelda Fitzgerald quotes too?


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