110+ William Faulkner Quotes On Writing, Death And Reading

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  1. 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.
  2. You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.
  3. 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.
  4. The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
  5. To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.
  6. Unless you're ashamed of yourself now and then, you're not honest
  7. We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.
  8. 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.
  9. Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.
  10. Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.

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

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The past is never dead. It's not even past. — William Faulkner

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

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Civilization begins with distillation — William Faulkner

William Faulkner Short Quotes

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  • A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.
  • 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
  • Pouring out liquor is like burning books.
  • The best fiction is far more true than any journalism.
  • No battle is ever won ... victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.
  • Believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail.
  • He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.
  • Don't bother just to be better than others. Try to be better than yourself.
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William Faulkner Quotes On Writing

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

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

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

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. — William Faulkner

A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid. — William Faulkner

The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews. — William Faulkner

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but that's the only way you can do anything really good. — William Faulkner

A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction. — William Faulkner

I'm a failed poet. Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can't, and then tries the short story, which is the most demanding form after poetry. And, failing at that, only then does he take up novel writing. — William Faulkner

I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it. — William Faulkner

William Faulkner Quotes On Love

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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

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

I love Virginians because Virginians are all snobs and I like snobs. A snob has to spend so much time being a snob that he has little time left to meddle with you. — William Faulkner

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all. — William Faulkner

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

Sin and love and fear are just sounds that people who never sinned nor loved nor feared have for what they never had and cannot have until they forget the words — William Faulkner

The saddest thing about love, Joe, is that not only the love cannot last forever, but even the heartbreak is soon forgotten. — William Faulkner

You could do so much for me if you just would. If you just knew. I am I and you are you and I know it and you don't know it and you could do so much for me if you just would and if you just would then I could tell you and then nobody would have to know it except you and me. — William Faulkner

She loved him not only in spite of but because he himself was incapable of love. — William Faulkner

Who is he who will affirm that there must be a web of flesh and bone to hold the shape of love? — William Faulkner

William Faulkner Quotes On Reading

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This is a free country. Folks have a right to send me letters, and I have a right not to read them. — William Faulkner

The tools I need for my work are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey. — William Faulkner

Read, read read. Read everything. — William Faulkner

I learned little save that most of the deeds, good and bad both, incurring opprobrium or plaudits or reward either, within the scope of man's abilities, had already been performed and were to be learned about only from books. — William Faulkner

Don Quixote — I read that every year, as some do the Bible. — William Faulkner

The artists who want to be writers, read the reviews; the artists who want to write, don't. — William Faulkner

What a writer's obituary should read - he wrote the books, then he died. — William Faulkner

That's a very good way to learn the craft of writing - from reading. — William Faulkner

Everyone in the South has no time for reading because they are all too busy writing. — William Faulkner

I imagine as long as people will continue to read novels, people will continue to write them, or vice versa; unless of course the pictorial magazines and comic strips finally atrophy man's capacity to read, and literature really is on its way back to the picture writing in the Neanderthal cave. — William Faulkner

William Faulkner Quotes On Time

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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. — William Faulkner

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. — William Faulkner

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. — William Faulkner

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

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. — William Faulkner

Only when the clock stops does time come to life — William Faulkner

Life is a process of preparing to be dead for a long time. — William Faulkner

I don't suppose anybody ever deliberately listens to a watch or a clock. You don't have to. You can be oblivious to the sound for a long while, then in a second of ticking it can create in the mind unbroken the long diminishing parade of time you didn't hear. — William Faulkner

It is as though the space between us were time: an irrevocable quality. It is as though time, no longer running straight before us in a diminishing line, now runs parallel between us like a looping string, the distance being the doubling accretion of the thread an not the interval between. — William Faulkner

A writer strives to express a universal truth in the way that rings the most bells in the shortest amount of time. — William Faulkner

William Faulkner Quotes On Life

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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

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. — William Faulkner

I believe man will not merely endure, he will prevail...because he has a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. — William Faulkner

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. — William Faulkner

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

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

People need trouble - a little frustration to sharpen the spirit on, toughen it. — William Faulkner

Living is one constant and perpetual instant when the arras-veil before what-is-to-be hangs docile and even glad to the lightest naked thrust if we had dared, were brave enough (not wise enough: no wisdom needed here) to make the rending gash. — William Faulkner

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means. — William Faulkner

...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

William Faulkner Quotes On Past

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The past is never dead. It's not even past. — William Faulkner

Our most treasured family heirloom are our sweet family memories. The past is never dead, it is not even past. — William Faulkner

The past isn't over. It isn't even past. — William Faulkner

You must always know the past, for there is no real Was, there is only Is. — William Faulkner

Let the past abolish the past when -- and if -- it can substitute something better. — William Faulkner

William Faulkner Quotes On Artist

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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. — William Faulkner

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. — William Faulkner

An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn't know why they choose him and he's usually too busy to wonder why. — William Faulkner

The artist is still a little like the old court jester. He's supposed to speak his vicious paradoxes with some sense in them, but he isn't part of whatever the fabric is that makes a nation. — William Faulkner

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

An artist is completely amoral in that he will rob, beg, borrow, or steal from anybody and everybody to get the work done. — William Faulkner

The artist is of no importance. Only what he creates is important, since there is nothing new to be said. Shakespeare, Balzac, Homer have all written about the same things, and if they had lived one thousand or two thousand years longer, the publishers wouldn't have needed anyone since. — William Faulkner

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

In Europe, being an artist is a form of behavior. In America, it's an excuse for a form of behavior. — William Faulkner

The quality an artist must have is objectivity in judging his work, plus the honesty and courage not to kid himself about it. — William Faulkner

William Faulkner Quotes On Dream

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Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. — William Faulkner

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

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

All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. — William Faulkner

All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible. — William Faulkner

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

So vast, so limitless in capacity is man's imagination to disperse and burn away the rubble-dross of fact and probability, leaving only truth and dream. — William Faulkner

A dream is not a very safe thing to be near... I know; I had one once. It's like a loaded pistol with a hair trigger: if it stays alive long enough, somebody is going to be hurt. But if it's a good dream, it's worth it. — William Faulkner

Did you ever have a sister? did you? — William Faulkner

William Faulkner Quotes On Written

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Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency, security, happiness, all, to get the book written. — William Faulkner

If I had not existed, someone else would have written me, Hemingway, Dostoevski, all of us. — William Faulkner

The necessity of the idea creates its own style. The material itself dictates how it should be written. — William Faulkner

William Faulkner Famous Quotes And Sayings

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

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The past is never dead. It's not even past. — William Faulkner

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

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

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Civilization begins with distillation — William Faulkner

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

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... — William Faulkner

Well, between Scotch and nothin', I suppose I'd take Scotch. It's the nearest thing to good moonshine I can find. — William Faulkner

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

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. — William Faulkner

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

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. — William Faulkner

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

I could smell the curves of the river beyond the dusk and I saw the last light supine and tranquil upon tideflats like pieces of broken mirror, then beyond them lights began in the pale clear air, trembling a little like butterflies hovering a long way off. — William Faulkner

There is no such thing as a bad whisky. Some whiskies just happen to be better than others. — William Faulkner

It is the writer's privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart. — William Faulkner

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

There is something about jumping a horse over a fence, something that makes you feel good. Perhaps it's the risk, the gamble. In any event it's a thing I need. — William Faulkner

When my horse is running good, I don't stop to give him sugar. — William Faulkner

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

Facts and truth really don't have much to do with each other. — William Faulkner

Every man has a different idea of what's beautiful, and it's best to take the gesture, the shadow of the branch, and let the mind create the tree. — William Faulkner

Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly is having to accept it. — William Faulkner

A man. All men. He will pass up a hundred chances to do good for one chance to meddle where meddling is not wanted. He will overlook and fail to see chances, opportunities, for riches and fame and welldoing, and even sometimes for evil. But he won't fail to see a chance to meddle. — William Faulkner

How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home. — William Faulkner

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

And even a liar can be scared into telling the truth, same as honest man can be tortured into telling a lie. — William Faulkner

Some things you must always be unable to bear. Some things you must never stop refusing to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. No matter how young you are or how old you have got. Not for kudos and not for cash: your picture in the paper nor money in the back either. Just refuse to bear them. — William Faulkner

It's always the idle habits you acquire which you will regret. — William Faulkner

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

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

To me, all human behavior is unpredictable and, considering man's frailty... and... the ramshackle universe he functions in, it's... all irrational. — William Faulkner

Between grief and nothing, I will take grief. — William Faulkner

It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does. — William Faulkner

No man can write who is not first a humanitarian — William Faulkner

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

Fear is the most damnable, damaging thing to human personality in the whole world. — William Faulkner

Writing a first draft is like trying to build a house in a strong wind. — William Faulkner

Henry James was one of the nicest old ladies I ever met. — William Faulkner

I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth. — William Faulkner

Men have been pacifists for every reason under the sun except to avoid danger and fighting. — William Faulkner

The poets are almost always wrong about the facts... That's because they are not really interested in facts: only in truth... — William Faulkner

Hollywood is a place where a man can get stabbed in the back while climbing a ladder. — William Faulkner

A pair of jaybirds came up from nowhere, whirled up on the blast like gaudy scraps of cloth or paper and lodged in the mulberries, where they swung in raucous tilt and recover, screaming into the wind that ripped their harsh cries onward and away like scraps of paper or of cloth in turn. — William Faulkner

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

Try to be better than yourself. — William Faulkner

Setting an example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing. — William Faulkner

Life Lessons by William Faulkner

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  1. William Faulkner teaches us to embrace our past and use it as a source of strength and inspiration. He encourages us to be persistent in the face of adversity and to never give up on our dreams.
  2. He also reminds us to be mindful of our actions and the consequences they have on others, and to always strive to be kind and understanding.
  3. Finally, Faulkner teaches us to be open to new ideas and perspectives, and to be willing to challenge ourselves and our preconceived notions.

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