William Faulkner Quotes


90 William Faulkner quotes:



"Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain."
"Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain"
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Choice Quotes
"Home again, his native land; he was born of it and his bones will sleep in it . . ."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Home Quotes
"Every man has a different idea of what's beautiful, and it's best to take the gesture, the shadow of the branch, and let the mind create the tree"
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Ideas Quotes
"Pointless. . . . Like giving caviar to an elephant."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Giving Quotes
"A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Fiction Quotes
"Loving all of it even while he had to hate some of it because he knows now that you don't love because: you love despite; not for the virtues, but despite the faults."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Hate Quotes
"Only vegetables are happy"
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Happiness Quotes
"No man can cause more grief than that one clinging blindly to the vices of his ancestors."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Grief Quotes
"Between grief and nothing I will take grief."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Grief Quotes
"The past is never forgotten; it's never even past"
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Past Quotes
"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"
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Night Quotes
"Purity is a negative state and therefore contrary to nature."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Nature Quotes
"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"
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Mother Quotes
"My mother is a fish."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Mother Quotes
"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 must would have done better."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Music 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 could just remember how my father used to say that the reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time."
Author: Faulkner Quotes Category: Living 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



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