Facts about William Faulkner

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Summary

William Faulkner was a famous Novelist from USA, who lived between September 25, 1897 and July 6, 1962.

Zodiac etc.

He/she is born under the zodiac libra, who is known for Balance, Justice, Truth, Beauty, Perfection. Our collection contains 49 quotes who is written / told by William, under the main topics: Dreams, Time, Work.

Related authors: Mark Twain

Famous quotes by William Faulkner (49)


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"A gentleman can live through anything"
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"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"
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"A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once"
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"A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid"
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"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"
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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"
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"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"
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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"
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"Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself"
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"Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency to get the book written"
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"Facts and truth really don't have much to do with each other"
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"Given a choice between grief and nothing, I'd choose grief"
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"Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain"
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"Hollywood is a place where a man can get stabbed in the back while climbing a ladder"
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"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"
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"I decline to accept the end of man"
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"I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth"
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"I have found that the greatest help in meeting any problem is to know where you yourself stand. That is, to have in words what you believe and are acting from"
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"I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it"
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"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"
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"I'm bad and I'm going to hell, and I don't care. I'd rather be in hell than anywhere where you are"
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"I'm inclined to think that a military background wouldn't hurt anyone"
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"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"
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"If I had not existed, someone else would have written me, Hemingway, Dostoevski, all of us"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"Man will not merely endure; he will prevail"
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"Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly is having to accept it"
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"The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones"
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"The past is never dead. It's not even past"
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"The salvation of the world is in man's suffering"
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"The scattered tea goes with the leaves and every day a sunset dies"
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"The tools I need for my work are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey"
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"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"
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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"
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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"
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"To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi"
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"Tomorrow night is nothing but one long sleepless wrestle with yesterday's omissions and regrets"
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"My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky"
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"You should approach Joyce's Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament: with faith"
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"Pointless... like giving caviar to an elephant"
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"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"
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"The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it"
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"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"
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"Unless you're ashamed of yourself now and then, you're not honest"
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"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"
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"Perhaps they were right in putting love into books... Perhaps it could not live anywhere else"


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