William Faulkner Quotes


90 William Faulkner quotes:



"Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."
"The scattered tea goes with the leaves and every day a sunset dies."
"I have found that the greatest help in meeting any problem is to know where you yourself stand. That is, to have in words what you believe and are acting from."
"I decline to accept the end of man."
"Given a choice between grief and nothing, I'd choose grief."
"Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That's how he finds that he can bear anything."
"The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past."
"Man will not merely endure; he will prevail."
"An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn't know why they choose him and he's usually too busy to wonder why."
"There is something about jumping a horse over a fence, something that makes you feel good. Perhaps it's the risk, the gamble. In any event it's a thing I need."
"Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly is having to accept it."
"I'm inclined to think that a military background wouldn't hurt anyone."
"Our tragedy is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it... the basest of all things is to be afraid."
"The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next."
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"It is my aim, and every effort bent, that the sum and history of my life, which in the same sentence is my obit and epitaph too, shall be them both: He made the books and he died."
"If I had not existed, someone else would have written me, Hemingway, Dostoevski, all of us."
"Hollywood is a place where a man can get stabbed in the back while climbing a ladder."
"Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency to get the book written."
"The best job that was ever offered to me was to become a landlord in a brothel. In my opinion it's the perfect milieu for an artist to work in."
"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."



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