William Faulkner

1897 - 1962

A Quote by William Faulkner on perfection, failure, success, dreams, and impossible

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 (1897 - 1962)

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A Quote by William Faulkner on value, measure, understanding, and perserverance

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 (1897 - 1962)

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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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A Quote by William Faulkner on grace and courage

A gentleman can live through anything.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

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A Quote by William Faulkner on grief, sentiment, feeling, and emotions

Given a choice between grief and nothing, I'd choose grief.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

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A Quote by William Faulkner

Curiosity is a mistress whose slaves decline no sacrifice.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

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A Quote by William Faulkner on love and books

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" 'Perhaps they were right in putting love into books,' he thought quietly.  'Perhaps it could not live anywhere else.' "

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

Source: Light in August (Vintage International), Pages: 481

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A Quote by William Faulkner

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 (1897 - 1962)

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A Quote by William Faulkner on battle, winning, and losing

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 (1897 - 1962)

Source: The Sound and the Fury

Contributed by: James

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