William Faulkner

1897 - 1962

A Quote by William Faulkner on dreams, art, writer, writing, creativity, and artist

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. 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. He is completely amoral in that he will rob, borrow, beg, or steal from anybody and everybody to get the work done. The writer's only responsibility is to his art.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

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A Quote by William Faulkner on art, life, and immortality

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.  Since man is mortal, the only immotality possible for him is to leave something behind him that is immortal since it will always move.  This is the artists way of scribbling "Kilroy was here" on the wall of the final and irrevocable oblivion through which he must someday pass.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

Source: The Paris Review; in an interview.

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A Quote by William Faulkner on freedom, choice, and practice

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

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A Quote by William Faulkner on thoughts and thinking

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

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

Source: HigherAwareness.com

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A Quote by William Faulkner

"Memory believes
before knowing remembers.
Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing wonders."

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

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A Quote by William Faulkner on earth, humans, space, and arguing

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 (1897 - 1962)

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A Quote by William Faulkner on life and living

The reason for living is to stay dead a long time

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

Source: As I lay Dying

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A Quote by William Faulkner on fear and learning

We have to start teaching ourselves not to be afraid.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

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A Quote by William Faulkner on shame

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Unless you're ashamed of yourself now and then, you're not honest.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

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