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William Faulkner Quotes

American novelist and short story writer, Birth: 25-9-1897, Death: 6-7-1962 William Faulkner Quotes
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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

Never hesitate to speak up for candor and integrity and mercy against unfairness and misrepresentation and avarice. If citizens from all corners of the world...did this, it would revolutionize the planet.
2.
The past is never dead. It's not even past. All of us labor in webs spun long before we were born, webs of heredity and environment, of desire and consequence, of history and eternity. Haunted by wrong turns and roads not taken, we pursue images perceived as new but whose providence dates to the dim dramas of childhood, which are themselves but ripples of consequence echoing down the generations. The quotidian demands of life distract from this resonance of images and events, but some of us feel it always.
William Faulkner

3.
You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.
William Faulkner

You can't venture into uncharted waters unless you have the boldness to leave your comfort zone.
4.
To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.
William Faulkner

To comprehend the globe, you must initially grasp a region like Mississippi.
5.
Unless you're ashamed of yourself now and then, you're not honest
William Faulkner

Unless you feel humiliation at times, you're not being truthful.
Similar Authors: Mark Twain C. S. Lewis Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Haruki Murakami Ayn Rand Charles Dickens George Eliot Albert Camus Kurt Vonnegut Ambrose Bierce Victor Hugo Chuck Palahniuk Margaret Atwood Virginia Woolf Ernest Hemingway
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We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.
William Faulkner

'We must be liberated not through rhetoric, but through action.'
7.
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. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.
William Faulkner

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

I would opt for suffering over oblivion.
Quote Topics by William Faulkner: Men Writing People Thinking Long Art Dream Book Artist Life Trying Believe Littles Mean Moving Lying Heart Children Running Past Sound Air World Inspirational Two Giving Hate Ideas Ifs Pride
9.
Don't do what you can do - try what you can't do.
William Faulkner

'Attempt to push your boundaries and exceed your limits.'
10.
So, never be afraid. Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion, against injustice and lying and greed. If you, not just you in this room tonight, but in all the thousands of other rooms like this one about the world today and tomorrow and next week, will do this, not as a class or classes, but as individuals, men and women, you will change the earth.
William Faulkner

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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.
William Faulkner

'There is no such thing as an inferior whiskey. Some may be superior to others, but a person should not indulge in spirits until they reach middle age; then it would be foolish not to.'
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If we Americans are to survive it will have to be because we choose and elect and defend to be first of all Americans; to present to the world one homogeneous and unbroken front, whether of white Americans or black ones or purple or blue or green... If we in America have reached that point in our desperate culture when we must murder children, no matter for what reason or what color, we don't deserve to survive, and probably won't.
William Faulkner

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Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.
William Faulkner

'Trust endures prior to recognizing remembers. Trusts longer than recollecting, longer than understanding even marvels.'
14.
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

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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

To inhabit anywhere in the world nowadays and oppose parity because of ethnicity or hue is like inhabiting in Alaska and being against frost.
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At one time I thought the most important thing was talent. I think now that the young man must possess or teach himself, training himself, in infinite patience, which is to try and to try until it comes right. He must train himself in ruthless intolerance-that is to throw away anything that is false no matter how much he might love that page or that paragraph. The most important thing is insight, that is to be-curiosity-to wonder, to mull, and to muse why it is that man does what he does, and if you have that, then I don't think the talent makes much difference, whether you've got it or not.
William Faulkner

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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

Constantly aspire to ascend past your perceived limits. Don't settle for merely surpassing those around you; strive to outdo yourself.
18.
I believe man will not merely endure, he will prevail...because he has a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.
William Faulkner

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

20.
A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.
William Faulkner

21.
No one is without Christianity, if we agree on what we mean by that word. It is every individual's individual code of behavior by means of which he makes himself a better human being than his nature wants to be, if he followed his nature only. Whatever its symbol - cross or crescent or whatever - that symbol is man's reminder of his duty inside the human race.
William Faulkner

22.
The past is never dead. It's not even past.
William Faulkner

23.
Let the writer take up surgery or bricklaying if he is interested in technique. There is no mechanical way to get the writing done, no shortcut. The young writer would be a fool to follow a theory. Teach yourself by your own mistakes; people learn only by error. 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

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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

25.
Our most treasured family heirloom are our sweet family memories. The past is never dead, it is not even past.
William Faulkner

26.
You should approach Joyce's Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament: with faith.
William Faulkner

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The writer's only responsibility is to his art...If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' is worth any number of old ladies.
William Faulkner

28.
You don’t love because: you love despite; not for the virtues, but despite the faults.
William Faulkner

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The ideal woman which is in every man's mind is evoked by a word or phrase or the shape of her wrist, her hand. The most beautiful description of a woman is by understatement. Remember, all Tolstoy ever said to describe Anna Karenina was that she was beautiful and could see in the dark like a cat. 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

30.
Tomorrow night is nothing but one long sleepless wrestle with yesterday's omissions and regrets.
William Faulkner

31.
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

32.
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

33.
A gentleman accepts the responsibility of his actions and bears the burden of their consequences.
William Faulkner

34.
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

35.
Civilization begins with distillation
William Faulkner

36.
Be scared. You can't help that. But don't be afraid.
William Faulkner

37.
Mississippi begins in a lobby of a Memphis, Tennessee hotel and extends south to the Gulf of Mexico
William Faulkner

38.
There are some things for which three words are three too many, and three thousand words that many words too less.
William Faulkner

39.
Well, between Scotch and nothin', I suppose I'd take Scotch. It's the nearest thing to good moonshine I can find.
William Faulkner

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...I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire...I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it. 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

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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

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Truth; that long clean clear simple undeniable unchallengeable straight and shining line, on one side of which black is black and on the other white is white, has now become an angle, a point of view.
William Faulkner

43.
Pouring out liquor is like burning books.
William Faulkner

44.
An artist is a creature driven by demons. He don't know why they choose him and he's usually too busy to wonder why.
William Faulkner

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A man is the sum of his misfortunes. One day you'd think misfortune would get tired but then time is your misfortune
William Faulkner

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

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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

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He [the writer] must, teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid; and, teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room in his workshop for anything but the old verities and truths of the heart, the old universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed - love and honor and pity and compassion and sacrifice. See Poets & Writers
William Faulkner

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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

50.
We have to start teaching ourselves not to be afraid.
William Faulkner