quote by William Faulkner

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

— William Faulkner

Unexpected Mule quotations

I spend most of hunting season at the ranch.

We all love to hunt whitetails, and we have a pretty good supply in South Texas. I also love to hunt elk in Arizona, mule deer in Utah, and I've been to Canada to hunt caribou.

My favorite animal is the mule. He has more horse sense than a horse. He knows when to stop eating - and he knows when to stop working.

In Tennessee where I grew up, there were animals, farms, wagons, mules.

Particularly when you're dealing with very high ranking people, you know, you have to get their attention, they are used to, by their rank, of having their own way and doing their own thing and when it's necessary to all work together on something, sometimes you have to hit the mule between the eyes of the two by four to get its attention.

Just swerve Golovkin like the plague.

He punches like a mule. I don't need to be in with him. Dangerous fight.

The distinction between sanity and insanity is narrower than a razor’s edge, sharper than a hound’s tooth, more agile than a mule deer. It is more elusive than the merest phantom. Perhaps it does not even exist; perhaps it is a phantom.

In 1964, when Lee Iacocca said, 'Shelby, I want you to make a sports car out of the Mustang,' the first thing I said was, 'Lee, you can't make a race horse out of a mule. I don't want to do it.' He said, 'I didn't ask you to make it; you work for me.'

A mule has neither pride of ancestry nor hope of posterity.

None but a mule denies his family.

We stock up on popcorn and candy like we're crossing the Sierras, don't we? I'll have a couple of soft pretzels, a hot dog, Milk Duds, Snocaps. Is that the largest popcorn you've got there, that bucket? You don't have a barrel or anything like that? Do you have a donkey or a pack mule or anything? - Oh, and a Diet Coke.

There is nothing to be learned from the second kick of a mule.

I have opinions on everything. I'm a stubborn old mule. The biggest problem is keeping my mouth shut.

Mules and human jackasses are proverbially stubborn.

Mules are always boasting that their ancestors were horses.

There's no education in the second kick of a mule

What smells so? Has somebody been burning a Rag, or is there a Dead Mule in the Back yard? No, the Man is Smoking a Five-Cent Cigar.

When people are too comfortable, it is not possible to restrain them within the bounds of their duty? They may be compared to mules who, being accustomed to burdens, are spoilt by rest rather than labour.

Ladies bathed before noon, after their three o'clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum.

I like musicianship, and it's quite lacking in most modern popular music.

You're always safe with old Chicago, the Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule, or Tower of Power.

The problem with the Tea Party is they're all ignorant hillbillies who drink moonshine and ride around on mules. And they believe in stereotypes too.

Don't you give me that postmodern bullshit.

There is truth, There is a truth. And what you want, or you feel, or you need, isn't going to change the truth. Any more than it's going to topple a skyscraper. There's truth, and there's belief. Don't call a mule a stallion.

One has fear in front of a goat, in back of a mule, and on every side of a fool

A mind is accustomed to mathematical deduction, when confronted with the faulty foundations of astrology, resists a long, long time, like an obstinate mule, until compelled by beating and curses to put its foot into that dirty puddle.

If you don't watch it people will force you one way or the other, into doing what they think you should do, or into just being mule-stubborn and doing the opposite out of spite.

If you take a bale of hay and tie it to the tail of a mule and then strike a match and set the bale of hay on fire, and if you then compare the energy expended shortly thereafter by the mule with the energy expended by yourself in the striking of the match, you will understand the concept of amplification.

If you don't have my army supplied, and keep it supplied, we'll eat your mules up, sir.

Personally, I think the best motto for an educational establishment is: 'Or Would You Rather Be a Mule?'

If you really want your films to say something that you hope is unique, then patience and stamina, thick skin and a kind of stupidity, a mule-like stupidity, is what you really need.

Jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule.

In the world of mules there are no rules.

I came home every Friday afternoon, riding the six miles on the back of a big mule. I spent Saturday and Sunday washing and ironing and cooking for the children and went back to my country school on Sunday afternoon.

Civilization, or "the system" or "society" or whatever you want to call it, is best served not by mules but by free men.

Women," Mat declared as he rode Pips down the dusty, little-used road, "are like mules." He frowned. "Wait. No. Goats. Women are like goats. Except every flaming one thinks she's a horse instead, and a prize racing mare to boot. Do you understand me, Talmanes?" "Pure poetry, Mat," Talmanes said, tamping the tabac down into his pipe.

The government's like a mule, it's slow and it's sure;

it's slow to turn, and it's sure to turn the way you don't want it.

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