A Quote by William Faulkner on art, books, dreams, good, happiness, honor, motherhood, peace, pride, responsibility, security, and worth

The writer's only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one. He has a dream. It anguishes him so much he must get rid of it. He has no peace until then. Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency, security, happiness, all, to get the book written. 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 (1897 - 1962)

Source: an interview with Faulkner in New York City, 1956, by JEAN Stein. From Writers at Work

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