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William Faulkner Quotes

90 William Faulkner quotes:

"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."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: American Novelist Quotes Earth Quotes
"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."
"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
"To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi"
"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."
"Only vegetables are happy"
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Happiness Quotes
"In my time I have seen truth that was anything under the sun but just, and I have seen justice using tools and instruments I wouldn't want to touch with a 10-foot fence rail."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Justice Quotes
"I believe that man will not merely endure. He will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Man Quotes
"The artist is of no importance. Only what he creates is important, since there is nothing new to be said. Shakespeare, Balzac, Homer have all written about the same things, and if they had lived one thousand or two thousand years longer, the publishers wouldn't have needed anyone since."
"I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Optimism Quotes
"The past is never forgotten; it's never even past"
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Past Quotes
"I have found that the greatest help in meeting any problem with decency and selfrespect and whatever courage is demanded, is to know where you yourself stand. That is, to have in words what you believe and are acting from."
"The most beautiful description of a woman is by understatement"
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Women Quotes

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