William Faulkner

1897 - 1962

A Quote by William Faulkner on stand, standing, decency, self-respect, courage, believe, and belief

I have found that the greatest help in meeting any problem with decency and self-respect and whatever courage is demanded, is to know where you yourself stand. That is, to have in words what you believe and are acting from.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

Source: http://www.everybodygoes.com/quotations/stands-taking-stand-quotes.htm

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A Quote by William Faulkner on life

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"A fellow gets to thinking. About all the sorrow and afflictions in this world; how it's liable to strike anywhere, like lightning."

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

Source: As I Lay Dying (Vintage International), page 71

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A Quote by William Faulkner on grief

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

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

Source: Beliefnet.com

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A Quote by William Faulkner on justice

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

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

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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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A Quote by William Faulkner on death, life, and 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 (1897 - 1962)

Source: The Sound and the Fury

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A Quote by William Faulkner on dreams and wisdom

The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

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A Quote by William Faulkner on labor and privilege

A mule will labor for ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

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A Quote by William Faulkner on compassion, endurance, immortality, poets, sacrifice, soul, spirit, and writers

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. See other 'Poets & Writers'

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

Source: the Speech receiving the Nobel Prize for literature, Stockholm, 12/10/50

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A Quote by William Faulkner on compassion, heart, honor, love, pity, poets, sacrifice, teaching, and writers

He [the writer] must, teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid; and, teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room in his workshop for anything but the old verities and truths of the heart, the old universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed - love and honor and pity and compassion and sacrifice. See Poets & Writers

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

Source: the Speech receiving the Nobel Prize for literature, Stockholm, 12/10/50

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