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It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940), U.S. author, and Zelda Fitzgerald (1900–1948), U.S. writer. First published in Esquire (New York, June 1934). “Show Mr. and Mrs. F to Number—,” The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).