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Jay Gatsby (Character)
from The Great Gatsby (1974)

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The Great Gatsby (2013)
Nick Carraway: You can't repeat the past.
Jay Gatsby: Can't repeat the past?
Nick Carraway: No...
Jay Gatsby: Why, of course you can... of course you can.

Jay Gatsby: My life, old sport, my life... my life has got to be like this.
[Raises finger to follow shooting star]
Jay Gatsby: It's got to keep going up.

Jay Gatsby: Old sport.

Daisy Buchanan: [after a long pause] Well, I'm certainly glad to see you again.
Jay Gatsby: I-I'm certainly glad to see you, as well.

Jay Gatsby: I knew it was a great mistake for a man like me to fall in love...

Jay Gatsby: If there's anything that you want, just ask for it, old sport.

Daisy Buchanan: I wish we could just run away.
Jay Gatsby: Run away? No. Daisy, darling, that... that wouldn't be respectable. We're gonna live here, in this house. You and me.

Jay Gatsby: It's so sad, because it's so hard to make her understand. It's so hard to make her understand. I've gotten all these things for her. I've gotten all these things for her and now she just... she just wants to run away.

Jay Gatsby: I knew that when I kissed this girl, I would be forever wed to her.

Tom Buchanan: Daisy, can't you see who this guy is, with his house and his parties and his fancy clothes? He is just a front for Wolfsheim, a gangster, to get his claws into respectable folk like Walter Chase.
Jay Gatsby: The only respectable thing about you, old sport, is your money. Your money, that's it. Now I've just as much as you. That means we're equal.
Tom Buchanan: Oh, no. No. We're different. I am. They are.
[points to Daisy]
Tom Buchanan: She is. We're all different from you. You see, we were born different. It's in our blood. And nothing that you do or say or steal... or dream up can ever change that. A girl like Daisy...
Jay Gatsby: [Knocks contents off bar-top & grabs Tom with a raised fist] You shut up! Shut up! You shut up! Shut up! Shut up!
Nick Carraway: [Voice-over] Gatsby looked, in that moment, as if he had... killed a man.

Jay Gatsby: I never realized how extraordinary a nice girl could be.

Jay Gatsby: [Daisy cries after Gatsby showers her with fancy shirts] What is it? Daisy, Daisy darling, what is it?
Daisy Buchanan: It... it makes me sad.
Jay Gatsby: Why?
Daisy Buchanan: Because...
Nick Carraway: [narrating] Five lost years struggled on Daisy's lips, but all she could manage was...
Jay Gatsby: Why?
Daisy Buchanan: [laughs] Because I've never seen such beautiful shirts before.

Jay Gatsby: If it wasn't for the mist, we could see the green light.
Daisy Buchanan: What green light?
Jay Gatsby: The one that burns all night at the end of your dock.
Nick Carraway: [narrating] Possibly, it had occurred to Gatsby that the colossal significance of that light had vanished forever. Now it was once again just a green light on a dock and his count of enchanted objects had diminished by one.

Daisy Buchanan: [dancing with Gatsby] All my life. I wish it could always be like this.
Jay Gatsby: It will be.
Nick Carraway: [narrating] If only if it'd been enough for Gatsby just to hold Daisy. But he had a grand vision for his life and Daisy's part in it.

Jay Gatsby: [while recklessly driving his yellow car] Look here, Old Sport. What... What is your opinion of me, anyhow?
Nick Carraway: My opinion?
Jay Gatsby: Yes! Yes, your opinion. I don't want you to get the wrong impression from all these... from all these bizarre accusations you must be hearing. A pack of lies, I guarantee you. You've heard all the stories?
Nick Carraway: Oh, well...
Jay Gatsby: I will tell you God's truth. God's truth about myself. I am the son of some very wealthy people from the Middle West. Sadly, all of them are dead now. I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford because all my ancestors have been educated there for many years. You see, it's a family tradition.
Nick Carraway: [narrating] The way he spoke! No wonder people thought he was lying.

Jay Gatsby: You see, I thought you ought to know something about my life. I didn't want you to think I was... Well, I didn't want you to think I was just some nobody.

Policeman: Pull over! Pull over to the curb!
Jay Gatsby: All right, Old Sport. All right.
[shows him his business card]
Policeman: Right, you are! I'll know you next time, Mr. Gatsby.

Meyer Wolfsheim: [to Nick] I understand you're looking for a business connection.
Jay Gatsby: No! No, no. No. No. No. No. This isn't the man, Meyer. Remember, this is the *friend* that I told you about.
Meyer Wolfsheim: Oh! Oh, I beg your pardon. I had the wrong man!


The Great Gatsby (2000) (TV)
Jay Gatsby: This was a terrible mistake.
Nick Carraway: You're just embarrassed. Daisy's embarrassed too.
Jay Gatsby: She's embarrassed?
Nick Carraway: You're acting like a little boy. Not only that, you're rude. Daisy's sitting in there all alone.

Nick Carraway: You can't repeat the past.
Jay Gatsby: Can't repeat the past? Of course you can!

Jay Gatsby: Your face is familiar. 3rd Division?
Nick Carraway: 9th Machine Gun Batallion.
Jay Gatsby: 7th Infantry until June of '18. I know I'd seen you before.

Nick Carraway: [about Wolfsheim] That's an interesting guy. What is he, a dentist?
Jay Gatsby: No, he's a gambler.
[quietly]
Jay Gatsby: He fixed the 1919 World Series.

Jay Gatsby: You want anything, you just ask for it, old sport.
Nick Carraway: 'Old sport.' Who is this guy?
Jordan Baker: Just Gatsby.
Nick Carraway: Where's he from?
Jordan Baker: I hear he's an Oxford man, although I don't believe it.
Nick Carraway: No? Why?
Jordan Baker: I just don't think he went there. Anyhow he gives large parties and I like large parties. They're so intimate. At small parties there's never any privacy.

Jay Gatsby: [to Nick] You want anything, you just ask for it, Old Sport.

Jay Gatsby: Is this tie too much?
Nick Carraway: Nah, it's very gold.

Nick Carraway: You can't repeat the past.
Jay Gatsby: You can't repeat the past?
[Chuckles]
Jay Gatsby: Of course, you can!


The Great Gatsby (1974)
Jay Gatsby: I was raised in America but educated in Oxford. That's a family tradition.

Jay Gatsby: Klipspringer has been here since a party I threw in April. I didn't even realize he was here until two weeks ago.

Nick Carraway: They say you killed a man.
Jay Gatsby: Only one?

Jay Gatsby: Summer's almost over. It's sad, isn't it? Makes you want to - I don't know - reach out and hold it back.
Nick Carraway: There'll be other summers.
Jay Gatsby: [Turning to Nick] How 'bout a swim?
Nick Carraway: Maybe later.
Jay Gatsby: Hrmm.
Nick Carraway: I'll give you a call - around noon?
Jay Gatsby: Fine, old sport. I'll be at the pool.
[Jay watches Nick walk away for a moment before calling out to him]
Jay Gatsby: Nick? Thank you.
Nick Carraway: [Nick nods and then continues on his way. But then he suddenly turns back] They're a rotten crowd. You're worth the whole damn bunch put together.
[the two smile at one another and then Nick walks away, waving a hand back over his shoulder]

Jay Gatsby: How do you do, old sport? I'm Gatsby.


Gatsby: The Movie... Kind Of (2016)
Agent James Gatsby: Mission accomplished... old sport.