William Faulkner

1897 - 1962

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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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 belief

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I believe that man not merely endure: he will prevail.

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 regret

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Tomorrow night is nothing but one long sleepless wrestle with yesterday's omissions and regrets.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

Source: Intruder in the Dust

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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 children, commitment, crime, desires, ignorance, innocence, and people

When grown people speak of the innocence of children, they don't really know what they mean. Pressed, they will go a step further and say, Well, ignorance then. The child is neither. There is no crime which a boy of eleven had not envisaged long ago. His only innocence is, he may not yet be old enough to desire the fruits of it . . . his ignorance is, he does not know how to commit it.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

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A Quote by William Faulkner on bravery and cowardice

Be scared. You can't help that. But don't be afraid. Ain't nothing in the woods going to hurt you unless you corner it, or it smells that you are afraid. A bear or a deer, too, has got to be scared of a coward the same as a brave man has got to be.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

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