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William Faulkner Quotes


90 William Faulkner quotes:



"Loving all of it even while he had to hate some of it because he knows now that you don't love because: you love despite; not for the virtues, but despite the faults."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Hate Quotes
"No man can cause more grief than that one clinging blindly to the vices of his ancestors."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Grief Quotes
"Between grief and nothing I will take grief."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Grief Quotes
"Home again, his native land; he was born of it and his bones will sleep in it . . ."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Home Quotes
"Pointless. . . . Like giving caviar to an elephant."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Giving Quotes
"I could just remember how my father used to say that the reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Living Quotes
"The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Art Quotes
"Every man has a different idea of what's beautiful, and it's best to take the gesture, the shadow of the branch, and let the mind create the tree"
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Ideas Quotes
"I'm a failed poet. Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can't and then tries the short story which is the most demanding form after poetry. And failing at that, only then does he take up novel writing."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Poetry Quotes
"Tomorrow night is nothing but one long sleepless wrestle with yesterday's omissions and regrets"
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Night Quotes
"Between pain and nothing, I choose pain"
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Pain Quotes
"If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies"
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Mother Quotes
"My mother is a fish."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Mother Quotes
"I would say that music is the easiest means in which to express . . . but since words are my talent, I must try to express clumsily in words what the pure must would have done better."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Music Quotes
"Purity is a negative state and therefore contrary to nature."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Nature Quotes
"All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible."
"I'm glad I haven't got the sort of conscience I've got to nurse like a sick puppy all the time."
"To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or color is like living in Alaska and being against snow."
"Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all."
"We cannot choose freedom established on a hierarchy of degrees of freedom, on a caste system of equality like military rank. We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Equality Quotes



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