How I feel is that if I wanted anything I’d take it. That’s what I’ve always thought all my life. But it happens that I want you, and so I just haven’t room for any other desires.
"The Beautiful and Damned" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. First published in 1922, The Beautiful and Damned was F. Scott Fitzgerald's second novel. It tells the story of Anthony Patch (a 1920s socialite and presumptive heir to a tycoon's fortune), his relationship with his wife Gloria, his service in the army, and alcoholism. The novel provides an excellent portrait of the Eastern elite as the Jazz Age begins its ascent, engulfing all classes into what will soon be known as Café Society. The book is believed to be largely based on Fitzgerald's relationship and marriage with Zelda Fitzgerald.
She wanted to exist only as a conscious flower, prolonging and preserving herself.