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William Faulkner Quotes

90 William Faulkner quotes:

"I've got to feel the pencil and see the words at the end of the pencil."
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"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary"
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"The salvation of the world is in man's suffering"
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"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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"A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction."
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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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"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."
"The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews."
"A man's moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream."
"A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once."
"Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."
"I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth."
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"Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."

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