‘If the girl had been worth having she’d have waited for you?’ No, sir, the girl really worth having won’t wait for anybody.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise
She imagines him imagining her. This is her salvation.
Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
I shall go on shining as a brilliantly meaningless figure in a meaningless world.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned