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 compassion, courage, glory, heart, honor, hope, needs, past, pity, poets, pride, privilege, sacrifice, and writers

It is his [the poet's, the writer's] privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail. See 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, courage, duty, glory, heart, honor, hope, needs, past, pity, poets, pride, privilege, sacrifice, and writers

The poet's, the writer's, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of the past. The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man; it can be one of the props, the pillars, to help him endure and prevail. See Poets & Writers

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

Source: the original draft of speech receiving the Nobel Prize for literature, Stockholm, 12/10/50

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A Quote by William Faulkner on mankind

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Poor man. Poor mankind.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

Source: Light in August

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A Quote by William Faulkner on salvation, suffering, and world

The salvation of the world is in man's suffering.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

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A Quote by William Faulkner on day, life, and success

Really the writer doesn't want success. . . . He knows he has a short span of life, that the day will come when he must pass through the wall of oblivion, and he wants to leave a scratch on that wall - Kilroy was here - that somebody a hundred, or a thousand years later will see.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

Source: Faulkner in the University, 1959

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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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