Back out,' he suggested after a moment. ‘Put her in reverse.' ‘But the WHEEL'S off!' He hesitated. ‘No harm in trying,' he said.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
I have a hunch it's a thing that only fails to be basic because it's never had material recognition. The weakness of this profession is its attraction for the man a little crippled and broken. Within the walls of the profession he compensates by tending toward the clinical, the ‘practical'— he has won his battle without a struggle.
If he had to bring all the bitterness and hatred of the world into his heart, he was not going to be in love with her again.
He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God.
For what it's worth: it's never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you're proud of, and if you find you're not, I hope you have the strength to start over again.
No- Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it was what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and the short-winded elations of men.