William Faulkner Quotes
"Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That's how he finds that he can bear anything."
"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."
"Clocks slay 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."
"A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we callwhat he writes fiction."
"The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next."
"Why that's a hundred miles away. That's a long way to go just to eat."
"This is a free country. Folks have a right to send me letters, and I have a right not to read them."
"Landlord of a bordello! The company's good and the mornings are quiet, which is the best time to write."
"A gentleman can live through anything."
"I love Virginians because Virginians are all snobs and I like snobs. A snob has to spend so much time being a snob that he has little time left to meddle with you."
"I believe that man will not merely endure. He will prevail. 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."
"Well, between Scotch and nothin', I suppose I'd take Scotch. It's the nearest thing to good moonshine I can find."
"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."
"A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid."
"It wasn't until the Nobel Prize that they really thawed out. They couldn't understand my books, but they could understand $30,000."
"It is my aim, and every effort bent, that the sum and history of my life, which in the same sentence is my obit and epitaph too, shall be them both: He made the books and he died."
"There is something about jumping a horse over a fence, something that makes you feel good. Perhaps it's the risk, the gamble. In any event it's a thing I need."
"Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency to get the book written."
"Our tragedy is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it... the basest of all things is to be afraid."
"Others have done it before me. I can, too."
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