Today's #Truelovethursdays post (where we share a classic movie or literary quote each Thursday to get your hearts all aflutter), is brought to you by F. Scott Fitzgerald via the Matthew J. and Arlyn Bruccoli Collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
In a letter to a mutual friend of his and Zelda's (his infamously wild** wife), he defends Zelda's character and describes the facets of her personality he has fallen wildly in love with.
*"No personality as strong as Zelda’s could go without getting criticisms and as you say she is not above reproach. I’ve always known that. Any girl who gets stewed in public, who frankly enjoys and tells shocking stories, who smokes constantly and makes the remark that she has “kissed thousands of men and intends to kiss thousands more,” cannot be considered beyond reproach even if above it.
But, Isabelle, I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity and her flaming self respect and it’s these things I’d believe in even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all that she should be.
But of course the real reason, Isabelle, is that I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything. You’re still a Catholic but Zelda’s the only God I have left now."*
-Letter to Isabelle Amorous (1920)