The Elusive Future

Here’s a neat quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby, that captures brilliantly, human dreams and hopes against the backdrop of fleeting time.

“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter – tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther….And one fine morning–
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” ~ Nick Carraway, The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Interestingly, just like many of its characters that reflected the author’s deep understanding of the shallowness of average humans and society as a whole, the book itself went unrecognized till much after his death. He made only $2000 from the book, which has since, sold over 25 million copies, with 500,000 additional copies sold annually.

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