By Nina TorskaTue. 30 Apr. 20243min Read

10 Famous Tender is the Night Quotes

In this blog, we delve into poignant quotes from "Tender is the Night," exploring Fitzgerald's insights on love, loss, and disillusionment.
10 Famous Tender is the Night Quotes

In F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender is the Night," I find myself absorbed by the profound examination of love's fragility and the corrosive effects of wealth and expectation.

This novel, an intensely personal reflection of Fitzgerald's own life and disillusionments, lays bare the complexities of human relationships and the tragic pursuit of happiness within the glittering yet shallow circles of high society.

"The strongest guard is placed at the gateway to nothing." — Dick Diver

This cryptic remark by Dick Diver reflects the emptiness behind the glittering facade of their lives, suggesting that the most vigorous efforts are often aimed at protecting what is ultimately insubstantial.

"Sometimes it is harder to deprive oneself of a pain than of a pleasure." — Dick Diver

Dick’s introspection on human nature highlights a profound truth about personal suffering and the paradoxical comfort found in familiar pains, emphasizing the complexity of human emotions.

"I don't ask you to love me always like this, but I ask you to remember." — Nicole Diver

Nicole’s plea to Dick during a moment of closeness captures her deep insecurity and the fleeting nature of their happiness, underscoring the novel’s exploration of memory and its impact on relationships.

"When you're tired you take on the easiest habit of all, not thinking." — Dick Diver

Dick's observation about mental escapism reveals his own struggles with confronting reality, a theme that resonates through his gradual psychological decline.

"You're the only girl I've seen for a long time that actually did look like something blooming." — Dick Diver to Rosemary Hoyt

Dick's compliment to Rosemary not only sparks their brief affair but also signifies his yearning for renewal and innocence lost amidst the decadence surrounding them.

"Good manners are an admission that everybody is so tender that they have to be handled with gloves. Now, human respect—you don't call a man a coward or a liar lightly." — Tommy Barban

Tommy’s critique of social etiquette versus genuine respect delves into the superficiality of their social world, contrasting it with the core values of integrity and honor.

"I want to give a really bad party. I mean it. I want to give a party where there's a brawl and seductions... and people going home with their feelings hurt and women passed out in the cabinet de toilette. You wait and see." — Abe North

Abe’s cynical desire for a chaotic party symbolizes the self-destructive tendencies of the characters, reflecting the underlying despair that pervades their glamorous lifestyles.

"She was enough to make any man revaluate his whole way of life to have her love him." — Regarding Nicole Diver

This reflection on Nicole’s impact on men highlights her complex allure and the transformative effect she has on those around her, which is both captivating and devastating.

"At his lips' touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete." — About Nicole Diver

The imagery of Nicole blooming at Dick’s touch not only romanticizes their relationship but also subtly hints at her dependency and fragility, a key aspect of her character development.

"It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness..." — About the Buchanans

Though this quote is famously from "The Great Gatsby," it reflects Fitzgerald's recurring theme of the destructiveness of the wealthy and privileged, resonating deeply with the characters in "Tender is the Night."

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