Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.

— William Faulkner

The most remarkable William Faulkner quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual

You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.


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.


The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.


To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.


Unless you're ashamed of yourself now and then, you're not honest


We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.


We cannot choose freedom established on a hierarchy of degrees of freedom, on a caste system of equality like military rank. We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.


Memory believes before knowing remembers.

Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.


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.


Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.


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.


Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.

Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.


About William Faulkner

Quotes 373 sayings
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

I believe man will not merely endure, he will prevail.

..because he has a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.


A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.


The past is never dead. It's not even past.


The best job that was ever offered to me was to become a landlord in a brothel.

In my opinion it's the perfect milieu for an artist to work in.


You should approach Joyce's Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament: with faith.


Our most treasured family heirloom are our sweet family memories.

The past is never dead, it is not even past.


Tomorrow night is nothing but one long sleepless wrestle with yesterday's omissions and regrets.


Clocks slay time... time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.


Nothing can destroy the good writer. The only thing that can alter the good writer is death. Good ones don't have time to bother with success or getting rich.


You like orchids?... Nasty things. Their flesh is too much like the flesh of men, their perfume has the rotten sweetness of corruption.


The salvation of the world is in man's suffering.


Civilization begins with distillation


Mississippi begins in a lobby of a Memphis, Tennessee hotel and extends south to the Gulf of Mexico


There are some things for which three words are three too many, and three thousand words that many words too less.


For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it's still not yet two o'clock on that July afternoon in 1863...


Pouring out liquor is like burning books.


Well, between Scotch and nothin', I suppose I'd take Scotch.

It's the nearest thing to good moonshine I can find.


A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station….


The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.


And I will look down and see my murmuring bones and the deep water like wind, like a roof of wind, and after a long time they cannot distinguish even bones upon the lonely and inviolate sand.


It is not proof that I sought. I, of all men, know that proof is but a fallacy invented by man to justify to himself and his fellows his own crass lust and folly.


My ideal job? Landlord of a bordello! The company's good and the mornings are quiet, which is the best time to write.


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.


My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.


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.


People need trouble -- a little frustration to sharpen the spirit on, toughen it. Artists do; I don't mean you need to live in a rat hole or gutter, but you have to learn fortitude, endurance. Only vegetables are happy.


The best fiction is far more true than any journalism.


Because no battle is ever won he said.

They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.


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.


Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.


Time is a fluid condition which has no existence except in the momentary avatars of individual people. There is no such thing as was - only is.


The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.


No battle is ever won ... victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.


The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.


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.


The end of wisdom is to dream high enough not to lose the dream in the seeking of it.


A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.