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William Faulkner Quote: “Amid the pointing and the horror, the clean flame.”
William Faulkner Quote: “In my opinion it’s a shame that there is so much work in the world.”
William Faulkner Quote: “There were many things I could do for two or three days and earn enough money to live on for the rest of the month. By temperament I’m a vagabond and a tramp.”
William Faulkner Quote: “It was her wedding dress and it had a flare-out bottom, and they had laid her head to foot in it so the dress could spread out, and they had made her a veil out of a mosquito bar so the auger holes in her face wouldn’t show.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantlyall the time, is having to accept it.”
William Faulkner Quote: “A writer strives to express a universal truth in the way that rings the most bells in the shortest amount of time.”
William Faulkner Quote: “A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction.”
William Faulkner Quote: “In Europe, being an artist is a form of behavior. In America, it’s an excuse for a form of behavior.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I love, I will accept no substitute;... ; if happy I can be I will, if suffer I must I can.”
William Faulkner Quote: “The whiskey died away in time and was renewed and died again, but the street ran on. From that night the thousand streets ran as one street, with imperceptible corners and changes of scene...”
William Faulkner Quote: “The phenomenon of war is its hermaphroditism: the principles of victory and of defeat inhabit the same body and the necessary opponent, enemy, is merely the bed they self-exhaust each other on.”
William Faulkner Quote: “You will find that even injustice is scarcely worthy of what you believe yourself to be.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Men have been pacifists for every reason under the sun except to avoid danger and fighting.”
William Faulkner Quote: “He had been too successful, you see; his was that solitude of contempt and distrust which success brings to him who gained it because he was strong instead of merely lucky.”
William Faulkner Quote: “It wasn’t until the Nobel Prize that they really thawed out. They couldn’t understand my books, but they could understand $30,000.”
William Faulkner Quote: “You don’t dare think whole even to yourself the entirety of a dear hope or wish let alone a desperate one else you yourself have doomed it.”
William Faulkner Quote: “He just stood and looked at his dying mother, his heart too full for words.”
William Faulkner Quote: “The only rule I have is to quit while it’s still hot. Never write yourself out. Always quit when it’s going good. Then it’s easier to take it up again. If you exhaust yourself, then you’ll get into a dead spell and you’ll have trouble with it.”
William Faulkner Quote: “And so sometimes I would think how the devil had conquered God.”
William Faulkner Quote: “This world is not his world; this life his life.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I am not religious, I reckon. But peace is in my heart: I know it is. I have done things but neither better nor worse than them that pretend otherlike, and I know that Old Marster will care for me as for ere a sparrow that falls.”
William Faulkner Quote: “It was like something you have dreaded and feared and dodged for years until it seemed like all your life, then despite everything it happened to you and all it was was just pain, all it did was hurt and so it was all over, all finished, all right.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Not of exhaustion, but surrender, as though he had given over and relinquished completely that grip upon that blending of pride and hope and vanity and fear, that strength to cling to either defeat or victory, which is the I-Am, and the relinquishment of which is usually death.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Necessity has a way of obliterating from our conduct various delicate scruples regarding honor and pride.”
William Faulkner Quote: “The books I read are the ones I knew and loved when I was a young man and to which I return as you do to old friends.”
William Faulkner Quote: “He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.”
William Faulkner Quote: “She is like all the rest of them. Whether they are seventeen or fortyseven, when they finally come to surrender completely, it’s going to be in words.”
William Faulkner Quote: “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.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I don’t mean a 1905 Republican – I don’t know what his Tennessee politics were, or if he had any – I mean a 1961 Republican. He was more: he was a Conservative. Like this: a Republican is a mad who made his money; a Liberal is a man who inherited his; a Democrat is a barefooted Liberal in a cross-country race; a Conservative is a Republican who has learned to read and write.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Yet the motion of the saw has not faltered, as though it and the arm functioned in a tranquil conviction that rain was an illusion of the mind.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I reckon a man in a tight might let Bill Varner patch him up like a mule, but I be damned if the man that’d let Anse Bundren treat him with raw cement aint got more spare legs than I have.”
William Faulkner Quote: “There remains yet something of honor and pride, of life.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Life wasn’t made to be easy on folks: they wouldn’t ever have any reason to be good and die.”
William Faulkner Quote: “He was working fast, yet thinking went slow enough. He knew why now. He knew now that thinking went slow and smooth with calculation, as oil is spread slowly upon a surface above a brewing storm.”
William Faulkner Quote: “She thought of them, woolly, shapeless; savage, petulant, spoiled, the flatulent monotony of their sheltered lives snatched up without warning by an incomprehensible moment of terror and fear of bodily annihilation at the very hands which symbolised by ordinary the licensed tranquillity of their lives.”
William Faulkner Quote: “It is because so much happens. Too much happens. That’s it. Man performs, engenders, so much more than he can or should have to bear. That’s how he finds that he can bear anything. That’s it. That’s what is so terrible. That he can bear anything, anything.”
William Faulkner Quote: “It’s a comfortable thing, music is.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Man the sum of his climatic experiences.”
William Faulkner Quote: “My daily life is an acknowledgment and expiation of my sin.”
William Faulkner Quote: “But Uncle Gavin says it don’t take many words to tell the sum of any human experience; that somebody has already done it in eight: He was born, he suffered and he died.”
William Faulkner Quote: “If I were reincarnated, I’d want to come back a buzzard. Nothing hates him or envies him or wants him or needs him. He is never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything.”
William Faulkner Quote: “From time to time he would feel that acute surge go over him, like his blood was too hot all of a sudden, dying away into that warm unhappy feeling that fiddle music gave him.”
William Faulkner Quote: “The writer doesn’t need economic freedom. All he needs is a pencil and some paper.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Like any good optimist, I don’t expect the worst to happen. Only, like any optimist worth his salt, I like to go and look as soon as possible afterward jest in case it did.”
William Faulkner Quote: “To the man grown the long crowded mile of his boyhood becomes less than the throw of a stone.”
William Faulkner Quote: “Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency to get the book written.”
William Faulkner Quote: “About women? When I say soldiers I don’t mean me. I wasn’t no soldier anymore than a man that fixes watches is a watchmaker. And when I say women I don’t mean you.”
William Faulkner Quote: “We have to start teaching ourselves not to be afraid.”
William Faulkner Quote: “The writer’s only responsibility is to his art.”
William Faulkner Quote: “I have but one rift in the darkness, that is that I have injured no one save myself by my folly, and that the extent of that folly you will never learn.”
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