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William Faulkner Quote: “That’s sad too, people cannot do anything that dreadful they cannot do anything very dreadful at all they cannot even remember tomorrow what seemed dreadful today.”
William Faulkner Quote: “The most important thing is insight, that is to be – curious – to wonder, to mull, and to muse why it is that man does what he does.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Surely heaven must have something of the color and shape of whatever village or hill or cottage of which the believer says, This is my own.”
William Faulkner Quote: “When I have one martini, I feel bigger, wiser, taller. When I have a second, I feel superlative. When I have more, there’s no holding me.”
William Faulkner Quote: “We did not say she was crazy then. We believed she had to do that. We remembered all the young men her father had driven away, and we knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Sometimes i think there must be a sort of pollen of ideas floating in the air, which fertilizes similarly minds here and there which have not had direct contact.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I say money has no value; it’s just the way you spend it.”
William Faulkner Quote: “It’s always the idle habits you acquire which you will regret. Father said that. That Christ was not crucified: he was worn away by a minute clicking of little wheels. That had no sister.”
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: “And older still, he might have divined the true reason: that the element of fire spoke to some deep mainspring of his father’s being, as the element of steel or of powder spoke to other men, as the one weapon for the preservation of integrity.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Love doesn’t die; the men and women do.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Listen to the voices.”
William Faulkner Quote: “The next time you try to seduce anyone, don’t do it with talk, with words. Women know more about words than men ever will. And they know how little they can ever possibly mean.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Hollywood is a place where a man can get stabbed in the back while climbing a ladder.”
William Faulkner Quote: “One day I was talking to Cora. She prayed for me because she believed I was blind to sin, wanting me to kneel and pray too, because people to whom sin is just a matter of words, to them salvation is just words too.”
William Faulkner Quote: “The only environment the artist needs is whatever peace, whatever solitude, and whatever pleasure he can get at not too high a cost.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I only write when the spirit moves me... and the spirit moves me every day. William Faulkner, Oxford, Mississippi.”
William Faulkner Quote: “His father struck him with the flat of his hand on the side of his head, hard but without heat, exactly as he struck the two mules at the store, exactly as he would strike either of them with any stick in order to kill a horse fly, his voice still without heat or anger.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Who is he who will affirm that there must be a web of flesh and bone to hold the shape of love?”
William Faulkner Quote: “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.”
William Faulkner Quote: “You’re looking, sir, at a very dull survivor of a very gaudy life. Crippled, paralyzed in both legs. Very little I can eat, and my sleep is so near waking that it’s hardly worth the name. I seem to exist largely on heat, like a newborn spider.”
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: “Thank God you can flee, can escape from that massy five-foot-thick maggot-cheesy solidarity which overlays the earth, in which men and women in couples are ranked like ninepins.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Here’s a wagon that’s going a piece of the way. It will take you that far; backrolling now behind her a long monotonous succession of peaceful and undeviating changes from day to dark and dark to day again, through which she advanced in identical and anonymous and deliberate wagons as though through a succession of creakwheeled and limpeared avatars, like something moving forever and without progress across an urn.”
William Faulkner Quote: “And when a man that old takes up money-hunting, it’s like when he takes up gambling or whisky or women. He aint going to have time to quit.”
William Faulkner Quote: “An old man is never at home save in his own garments: his own old thinking and beliefs; old hands and feet, elbow, knee, shoulder which he knows will fit.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I am trying to say it all in one sentence, between one cap and one period.”
William Faulkner Quote: “He was looking at her from behind the smiling that wasn’t smiling but was something you were not supposed to see beyond.”
William Faulkner Quote: “There is no such thing as bad whiskey. Some whiskeys just happen to be better than others. But a man shouldn’t fool with booze until he’s fifty; then he’s a damn fool if he doesn’t.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all your breath trying to conquer it. Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought.”
William Faulkner Quote: “They say that it is the practiced liar who can deceive. But so often the practiced and chronic liar deceives only himself; it is the man who all his life has been selfconvicted of veracity whose lies find quickest credence.”
William Faulkner Quote: “In the South you are ashamed of being a virgin. Boys. Men. They lie about it. Because it means less to women, Father said. He said it was men invented virginity not women. Father said it’s like death: only a state in which the others are left and I said, But to believe it doesn’t matter and he said, That’s what’s so sad about anything: not only virginity and I said, Why couldn’t it have been me and not her who is unvirgin and he said, That’s why that’s sad too; nothing is even worth the changing of it...”
William Faulkner Quote: “Here I am I am tired I am tired of running of having to carry my life like it was a basket of eggs.”
William Faulkner Quote: “By artist I mean of course everyone who has tried to create something which was not here before him, with no other tools and material than the uncommer-ciable ones of the human spirit.”
William Faulkner Quote: “That which is destroying the Church is not the outward groping of those within it nor the inward groping of those without, but the professionals who control it and who have removed the bells from its steeples.”
William Faulkner Quote: “He is looking down at her peaceful, rigid face fading into the dusk as though darkness were a precursor of the ultimate earth, until at last the face seems to float detached upon it, lightly as the reflection of a dead leaf.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Well, between Scotch and nothin’, I suppose I’d take Scotch. It’s the nearest thing to good moonshine I can find.”
William Faulkner Quote: “It’s terrible to be young. It’s terrible. Terrible.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Let the writer take up surgery or bricklaying if he is interested in technique.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I heard that my mother is dead. I wish I had time to let her die. I wish I had time to wish I had. It is because in the wild and outraged earth too soon too soon too soon. It’s not that I wouldn’t and will not it’s that it is too soon too soon too soon.”
William Faulkner Quote: “When I was a boy I first learned how much better water tastes when it has set a while in a cedar bucket. Warmish-cool, with a faint taste like the hot July wind in Cedar trees smells.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I do not rewrite unless I am absolutely sure that I can express the material better if I do rewrite it.”
William Faulkner Quote: “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.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Then Ben wailed again, hopeless and prolonged. It was nothing. Just sound. It might have been all time and injustice and sorrow become vocal for an instant by a conjunction of planets.”
William Faulkner Quote: “It was like the last act on a set stage. It was the beginning of the end of something, he didn’t know what except that he would not grieve. He would be humble and proud that he had been found worthy to be a part of it too or even just to see it too.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Truth is one. It doesn’t change. It covers all things which touch the heart – honor and pride and pity and justice and courage and love.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I’m inclined to think that a military background wouldn’t hurt anyone.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Again. Sadder than was. Again. Saddest of all. Again.”
William Faulkner Quote: “At night it is better still. I used to lie on the pallet in the hall waiting until I could hear them all asleep, so I could get up and go back to the bucket. It would be black, the shelf black, the still surface of the water a round orifice in nothingness, where before I stirred it awake with the dipper I could see maybe a star or two in the bucket, and maybe in the dipper a star or two before I drank. After that I was bigger, older.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.”
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