William Faulkner Quotes (33 quotations)

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1. A gentleman can live through anything. - William Faulkner

2. A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we callwhat he writes fiction. - William Faulkner

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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

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

9. Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency to get the book written. - William Faulkner

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

11. I believe that man will not merely endure. He will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. - William Faulkner

12. 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

13. 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

14. It is my aim, and every effort bent, that the sum and history of my life, which in the same sentence is my obit and epitaph too, shall be them both: He made the books and he died. - William Faulkner

15. 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

16. 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

17. Landlord of a bordello! The company's good and the mornings are quiet, which is the best time to write. - William Faulkner

18. Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That's how he finds that he can bear anything. - William Faulkner

19. Others have done it before me. I can, too. - William Faulkner

20. Our tragedy is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it...the basest of all things is to be afraid. - William Faulkner

21. 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

22. 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

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

24. 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

25. 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

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