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William Faulkner Quotes


90 William Faulkner quotes:



"The writer's only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one. He has a dream. Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency, security, happiness, all, to get the book written. 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."
"To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi"
"The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it."
"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."
"Perhaps they were right in putting love into books... Perhaps it could not live anywhere else."
"Pointless... like giving caviar to an elephant."
"The salvation of the world is in man's suffering."
"Tomorrow night is nothing but one long sleepless wrestle with yesterday's omissions and regrets."
"Others have done it before me. I can, too."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Ability Quotes
"Well, between Scotch and nothin', I suppose I'd take Scotch. It's the nearest thing to good moonshine I can find."
"Unless you're ashamed of yourself now and then, you're not honest."
"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 music would have done better."
"Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain."
"This is a free country. Folks have a right to send me letters, and I have a right not to read them."
"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."
"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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