William Faulkner

1897 - 1962

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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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 despair, fighting, illusions, and victory

. . . no battle is ever won . . . 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

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A Quote by William Faulkner on understanding

"Gettysburg. . . . You cant understand it. You would have to be born there."

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

Source: Absalom, Absalom!

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A Quote by William Faulkner on darkness and thought

"Why do you hate the South? I dont hate it. . . . I dont hate it. . . . I dont hate it he thought, panting in the cold air, the iron New England dark; I dont. I dont! I dont hate it! I dont hate it! "

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

Source: Absalom, Absalom!

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A Quote by William Faulkner

Too much happens. . . . Man performs, engenders, so much more than he can or should have to bear. That's how he finds that he can bear anything. . . . That's what's so terrible.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

Source: Light in August

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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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