William Faulkner Quotes


90 William Faulkner quotes:



"Others have done it before me. I can, too."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Ability Quotes
"Clocks slay time... time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life."
"The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it."
"It's a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work. He can't eat for eight hours; he can't drink for eight hours; he can't make love for eight hours. The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work."
"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."
"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
"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."
"The writer in America isn't part of the culture of this country. He's like a fine dog. People like him around, but he's of no use. . . ."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: America Quotes
"People between twenty and forty are not sympathetic. The child has the capacity to do but it can't know. It only knows when it is no longer able to do --after forty. Between twenty and forty the will of the child to do gets stronger, more dangerous, but it has not begun to learn to know yet. Since his capacity to do is forced into channels of evil through environment and pressures, man is strong before he is moral. The world's anguish is caused by people between twenty and forty."
"The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews."
"A man's moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream."
"This is a free country. Folks have a right to send me letters, and I have a right not to read them."
"A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once."
"Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."
"I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: American Novelist Quotes Earth Quotes
"Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders."
"If I were reincarnated, I'd want to come back a buzzard. Nothing hates him or envies him or wants him or needs him. He is never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything."
"I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it."
"Facts and truth really don't have much to do with each other."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: American Novelist Quotes Facts Quotes
"A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid."



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