William Faulkner

1897 - 1962

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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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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A Quote by William Faulkner on colors, equality, life, and world

To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or color, is like living in Alaska and being against snow.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

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A Quote by William Faulkner on aim, art, and life

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The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

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