Quotation by F. Scott Fitzgerald

In a few days I'll have lived one score and three days in this vale of tears. On I plod—always bored, often drunk, doing no penance for my faults—rather do I become more tolerant of myself from day to day, hardening my crystal heart with blasphemous humor and shunning only toothpicks, pathos, and poverty as being the three unforgivable things in life.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940), U.S. author. Letter, September 22, 1919. The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald, ed. Andrew Turnbull (1963).

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