The Sensible Thing

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The Sensible Thing by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald | Published: July 5, 1924

The Sensible Thing Synopsis

"The Sensible Thing" is a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was first published in Liberty on July 5, 1924, and later in All the Sad Young Men collection in 1926.

"The Sensible Thing" is a bittersweet love short story that could touch the hearts of its readers. A young man named George lacks the resources to wed his beloved, Jonquil Cary. Due to the uncertainty of his financial state, Jonquil decided to break off their engagement. Determined to win her back, George leaves to pursue fame and money. One famous quote from this story: "There are all kinds of love in the world, but never the same love twice."

Excerpt from The Sensible Thing Online Book

At the Great American Lunch Hour young George O'Kelly straightened his desk deliberately and with an assumed air of interest. No one in the office must know that he was in a hurry, for success is a matter of atmosphere, and it is not well to advertise the fact that your mind is separated from your work by a distance of seven hundred miles.

But once out of the building he set his teeth and began to run, glancing now and then at the gay noon of early spring which filled Times Square and loitered less than twenty feet over the heads of the crowd.

About F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in a middle-class family in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a renowned American author known for his works exploring the lifestyles of Americans during the Roaring Twenties. He is well known for his novels, The Great Gatsby and Tender Is The Night. Fitzgerald's writing style is characterized by lyrical prose and vibrant imagery that often reflects on themes such as love, wealth, decadence, nostalgia, and disillusionment with the general state of society at the time. Find out more about F. Scott Fitzgerald at

F. Scott Fitzgerald's Books on PageVio

NovelsThis Side of Paradise | The Beautiful and Damned | The Great Gatsby | Tender Is the Night

Short Story CollectionsFlappers and Philosophers | Tales of the Jazz Age | All the Sad Young Men | Taps at Reveille | The Pat Hobby Stories | Collected Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

PlaysThe Vegetable; or, From President to Postman

Here's a full list of F. Scott Fitzgerald's books.

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