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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: “He had a word, too. Love, he called it. But I had been used to words for a long time. I knew that that word was like the others: just a shape to fill a lack; that when the right time came, you wouldn’t need a word for that anymore than for pride or fear.”
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.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Again. Sadder than was. Again. Saddest of all. Again.”
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: “This was the mother, the dead sister Ellen: this Niobe without tears who had conceived to the demon in a kind of nightmare, who even while alive had moved but without life and grieved but without weeping, who now had an air of tranquil and unwitting desolation, not as if she had either outlived the others or had died first, but as if she had never lived at all.”
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: “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: “They all talked at once, their voices insistent and contradictory and impatient, making of unreality a possibility, then a probability, then an incontrovertible fact, as people will when their desires become words.”
William Faulkner Quote: “If you are going to write, write about human nature. That is the only thing that doesn’t date.”
William Faulkner Quote: “So this is love. I see. I was wrong about it too’, thinking as he had thought before and would think again and as every other man has thought: how false the most profound book turns out to be when applied to life.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Some days in late August at home are like this, the air thin and eager like this, with something in it sad and nostalgic and familiar. Man the sum of his climatic experiences Father said. Man the sum of what have you. A problem in impure properties carried tediously to an unvarying nil: stalemate of dust and desire.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I said I have committed incest father I said.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Life is a process of preparing to be dead for a long time.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Let the writer take up surgery or bricklaying if he is interested in technique.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I can remember how when I was young I believed death to be a phenomenon of the body; now I know it to be merely a function of the mind – and that of the minds of the ones who suffer the bereavement.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I’d have wasted a lot of time and trouble before I learned that the best way to take all people, black or white, is to take them for what they think they are, then leave them alone.”
William Faulkner Quote: “There was something about his wolflike independence and even courage when the advantage was at least neutral which impressed strangers, as if they got from his latent ravening ferocity not so much a sense of dependability as a feeling that his ferocious conviction in the rightness of his own actions would be of advantage to all whose interest lay with his.”
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: “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: “This is a free country. Folks have a right to send me letters, and I have a right not to read them.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I don’t want money badly enough to work for it.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Henry James was one of the nicest old ladies I ever met.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Once I waked with a black void rushing under me.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Because if memory exists outside of the flesh it won’t be memory because it won’t know what it remembers so when she became not then half of memory became not and if I become not then all of remembering will cease to be. -Yes he thought Between grief and nothing I will take grief.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Delicate equilibrium of periodical filth between two moons balanced. Moons he said full and yellow as harvest moons her hips thighs. Outside outside of them always but. Yellow. Feet soles with walking like. Then know that some man that all those mysterious and imperious concealed. With all that inside of them shapes an outward suavity waiting for a touch to. Liquid putrefaction like drowned things floating like pale rubber flabbily filled getting the odor of honeysuckle all mixed up.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I’m inclined to think that a military background wouldn’t hurt anyone.”
William Faulkner Quote: “In every writer there is a certain amount of the scavenger.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Love in the young requires as little of hope as of desire to feed upon.”
William Faulkner Quote: “A man never gets anywhere if facts and his ledgers don’t square.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Had Passion and Purity never encountered, Tenderness had never come into the world.”
William Faulkner Quote: “He puts his shoes on, stomping into them, like he does everything, like he is hoping all the time he really cant do it and can quit trying to.”
William Faulkner Quote: “He thought that it was loneliness which he was trying to escape and not himself.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Our windows were dark. The entrance was empty. I walked close to the left wall when I entered, but it was empty: just the stairs curving up into shadows echoes of feet in the sad generations like light dust upon the shadows, my feet waking them like dust, lightly to settle again. I.”
William Faulkner Quote: “He says it harshly, savagely, but he does not say the word. Like a little boy in the dark to flail his courage and suddenly aghast into silence by his own noise.”
William Faulkner Quote: “And so if Cash nails the box up, she is not a rabbit.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Yet even then the music has still a quality stern and implacable, deliberate and without passion so much as immolation, pleading, asking, for not love, not life, forbidding it to others, demanding in sonorous tones death as though death were the boon, like all Protestant music.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Whatever its symbol – cross or crescent or whatever – that symbol is man’s reminder of his duty inside the human race.”
William Faulkner Quote: “When I was little there was a picture in one of our books, a dark place into which a single weak ray of light came slanting upon two faces lifted out of the shadow.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Man must have light. He must live in the fierce full constant glare of light, where all shadow will be defined and sharp and unique and personal: the shadow of his own singular rectitude or baseness. All human evils have to come out of obscurity and darkness, where there is nothing to dog man constantly with the shape of his own deformity.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Eating the business of eating inside of you space too space and time confused Stomach saying noon brain saying eat oclock.”
William Faulkner Quote: “So the next day we all said, “She will kill herself”; and we said it would be the best thing.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I don’t know anything about inspiration because I don’t know what inspiration is; I’ve heard about it, but I never saw it.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Hemingway shot himself. I don’t like a man that takes the short way home.”
William Faulkner Quote: “We shall not kill and maybe next time we even won’t.”
William Faulkner Quote: “It is assumed that anyone who makes a million dollars has a unique gift, though he might have made it off some useless gadget.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I suppose that people, using themselves and each other so much by words, are at least consistent in attributing wisdom to a still tongue...”
William Faulkner Quote: “This does not matter. This is not anything yet. It all depends on what you do with it, afterward.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Hush, now”, she said, stroking his head. “Hush. Dilsey got you.” But he bellowed slowly, abjectly, without tears; the grave hopeless sound of all voiceless misery under the sound.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Women know more about words than men ever will. And they know how little they can ever possibly mean.”
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