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William Faulkner Quotes


90 William Faulkner quotes:



"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."
"Given a choice between grief and nothing, I'd choose grief."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain"
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"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."
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"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 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. . . ."
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"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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". . . 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 . . ."
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"We have to start teaching ourselves not to be afraid"
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