William Faulkner Quotes

90 William Faulkner quotes:

"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."
"The tools I need for my work are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey."
"To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi."
"Tomorrow night is nothing but one long sleepless wrestle with yesterday's omissions and regrets."
"We have to start teaching ourselves not to be afraid."
"Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all."
"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"
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"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
". . . and that sin and love and fear are just sounds that people who never sinned nor loved nor feared have for what they never had and cannot have until they forgot the words . . ."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Fear Quotes
"We have to start teaching ourselves not to be afraid"
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Fear Quotes
"Read, read, read. Read everything-- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window."
"The young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Conflict Quotes
"I'm glad I haven't got the sort of conscience I've got to nurse like a sick puppy all the time."
"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."
"My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky."
"A gentleman can live through anything."

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