F. Scott Fitzgerald … A Little Fatherly Advice (goes a long way)

F. Scott Fitzgerald … A Little Fatherly Advice


The great American author F. Scott Fitzgerald offered some very inspiring and honest advice to his daughter “Scottie” in letters which he wrote to her when she was young. Here are three noteworthy examples. 


Father and Daughter

He wrote this to her while she was away at camp in August 1933 and still just 11 years of age.

Things to worry about:

Worry about courage
Worry about Cleanliness
Worry about efficiency
Worry about horsemanship
Worry about. . .

Things not to worry about:

Don’t worry about popular opinion
Don’t worry about dolls
Don’t worry about the past
Don’t worry about the future
Don’t worry about growing up
Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you
Don’t worry about triumph
Don’t worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
Don’t worry about mosquitoes
Don’t worry about flies
Don’t worry about insects in general
Don’t worry about parents
Don’t worry about boys
Don’t worry about disappointments
Don’t worry about pleasures
Don’t worry about satisfactions

(Source: F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Life in Letters)

When ‘Scottie’ was a teenager he further wrote –






 I don’t think many of us would argue with his advice!


5 responses to “F. Scott Fitzgerald … A Little Fatherly Advice (goes a long way)

  1. I am not so sure about the bugs… some of them bite and that worries me a bit. But I shall try to put them to the back of my mind.

  2. Good for you PG Lucy. Leave them buggers alone. Have a great week.

  3. That was wonderful, Kris. Thank you for sharing this. I loved the worry/not to worry -list. What a wise man.

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