I have a similar book called Ernest Hemingway on Writing from the same editor of writing quotes from Ernest Hemingway that I got maybe five or six years ago and also love. When I read about this one on someone's blog (I thought it was Classics and Beyond, but I can't find the post now -- maybe Emily just mentioned it in a comments discussion?), I knew I wanted to read it. And yet it took me a couple of years to get a copy and read it. I've been savoring it for a couple of weeks, reading a section at a time and pondering the advice there.
Because I am a writer, I found this book invaluable, just as I did the Hemingway collection. I want to make a poster or something with the best advice from both. Maybe a desktop background for my laptop? Fitzgerald and Hemingway both spent a great deal of time learning and refining their art, studying writing and pondering it, and they both imparted their acquired wisdom so helpfully :-)
Particularly Good Bits:
"That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong" (p. 10).
"Good stories write themselves -- bad ones have to be written..." (p. 33).
"The history of my life is the history of the struggle between an overwhelming urge to write and a combination of circumstances bent on keeping me from it (p. 107).