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William Faulkner Quote: “Women do have an affinity for evil, for believing that no woman is to be trusted, but that some men are too innocent to protect themselves.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Success is feminine and like a woman, if you cringe before her, she will override you.”
William Faulkner Quote: “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.”
William Faulkner Quote: “We had long thought of them as a tableau; Miss Emily a slender figure in white in the background, her father a straddled silhouette in the foreground, his back to her and clutching a horsewhip, the two of them framed by the back-flung front door.”
William Faulkner Quote: “We must just stay awake and see evil done for a little while it’s not always.”
William Faulkner Quote: “People to whom sin is just a matter of words, to them salvation is just words too.”
William Faulkner Quote: “And then he died. He did not know he was dead.”
William Faulkner Quote: “The poet’s voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.”
William Faulkner Quote: “It’s a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work. He can’t eat for eight hours; he can’t drink for eight hours; he can’t make love for eight hours. The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That’s how he finds that he can bear anything.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire; it’s rather excruciating-ly apt that you will use it to gain the reducto absurdum of all human experience.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I knew that nobody but a luckless man could ever need a doctor in the face of a cyclone.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Tell about the South. What’s it like there. What do they do there. Why do they live there. Why do they live at all.”
William Faulkner Quote: “And I reckon them that are good must suffer for it the same as them that are bad.”
William Faulkner Quote: “When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house, which no one save an old manservant – a combined gardener and cook – had seen in at least ten years.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Just when do men that have different blood in them stop hating one another?”
William Faulkner Quote: “I took out my watch and listened to it clicking away, not knowing it couldn’t even lie.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I don’t care much for facts, am not much interested in them, you can’t stand a fact up, you’ve got to prop it up, and when you move to one side a little and look at it from that angle, it’s not thick enough to cast a shadow in that direction.”
William Faulkner Quote: “It’s all now you see. Yesterday won’t be over until tomorrow and tomorrow began ten thousand years ago.”
William Faulkner Quote: “The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Because I said will I or won’t I when the sack was half-full because I said if the sack is full when we get to the woods it won’t be me. I said if it don’t mean for me to do it the sack will not be full and I will turn up the next row but if the sack is full, I cannot help it. It will be that I had to do it all the time and I cannot help it. And we picked on toward the secret shade and our eyes would drown together touching on his hands and my hands and I didn’t say anything.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Purity is a negative state and therefore contrary to nature.”
William Faulkner Quote: “The three quarters began. The first note sounded, measured and tranquil, serenely peremptory, emptying the unhurried silence for the next one and that’s it if people could only change one another forever that way merge like a flame swirling up for an instant then blown cleanly out along the cool eternal dark instead of lying there trying not to think of the swing until all cedars came to have that vivid dead smell of perfume that Benjy hated so.”
William Faulkner Quote: “The sun, an hour above the horizon, is poised like a bloody egg upon a crest of thunderheads; the light has turned copper: in the eye portentous, in the nose sulphurous, smelling of lightning.”
William Faulkner Quote: “If there is a God what the hell is He for?”
William Faulkner Quote: “Everyone in the South has no time for reading because they are all too busy writing.”
William Faulkner Quote: “On the instant when we come to realize that tragedy is second-hand.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Don Quixote – I read that every year, as some do the Bible.”
William Faulkner Quote: “That’s the one trouble with this country: everything, weather, all, hangs on too long. Like our rivers, our land: opaque, slow, violent; shaping and creating the life of man in its implacable and brooding image.”
William Faulkner Quote: “The destiny of the land, the nation, the South, the State, the County, was already whirling into the plunge of its precipice, not that the State and the South knew it, because the first seconds of fall always seem like soar.”
William Faulkner Quote: “What a writer’s obituary should read – he wrote the books, then he died.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Poor man. Poor mankind.”
William Faulkner Quote: “In a strange room you must empty yourself for sleep. And before you are emptied for sleep, what are you. And when you are emptied for sleep, you are not. And when you are filled with sleep, you never were.”
William Faulkner Quote: “War and drink are the two things man is never too poor to buy.”
William Faulkner Quote: “That’s what they mean by the love that passeth understanding: that pride, that furious desire to hide that abject nakedness which we bring here with us, carry with us into operating rooms, carry stubbornly and furiously with us into the earth again.”
William Faulkner Quote: “She was bored. She loved, had capacity to love, for love, to give and accept love. Only she tried twice and failed twice to find somebody not just strong enough to deserve it, earn it, match it, but even brave enough to accept it.”
William Faulkner Quote: “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.”
William Faulkner Quote: “The good artist believes that nobody is good enough to give him advice. He has supreme vanity. No matter how much he admires the old writer, he wants to beat him.”
William Faulkner Quote: “When we saw her again her hair was cut short, making her look like a girl, with a vague resemblance to those angels in colored church windows – sort of tragic and serene.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Forget grief. Only an idiot has no grief, and only a fool would forget it. What else is there in this world sharp enough to stick to your guts?”
William Faulkner Quote: “The air brightened, the running shadow patches were now the obverse, and it seemed to him that the fact that the day was clearing was another cunning stroke on the part of the foe, the fresh battle toward which he was carrying ancient wounds.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Most men are a little better than their circumstances give them a chance to be.”
William Faulkner Quote: “When my horse is running good, I don’t stop to give him sugar.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Caddy got the box and set it on the floor and opened it. It was full of stars. When I was still, they were still. When I moved, they glinted and sparkled. I hushed.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I know now that what makes a fool is an inability to take even his own good advice.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Dear God, let me be damned a little longer, a little while.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I have found that the greatest help in meeting any problem with decency and self-respect 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.”
William Faulkner Quote: “As long as I live under the capitalistic system I expect to have my life influenced by the demands of moneyed people. But I will be damned if I propose to be at the beck and call of every itinerant scoundrel who has two cents to invest in a postage stamp. This, sir, is my resignation.”
William Faulkner Quote: “It’s because I’m alone... If I could just feel it, it would be different, because I would not be alone. But if I were not alone, everybody would know it. And he could do so much for me, and then I would not be alone. Then I could be all right alone.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Did you ever have a sister? did you?”
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