William Faulkner (Writer)

#26902 William Faulkner

Between grief and nothing I will take grief. .

William Faulkner Quotes about grief
#26903 William Faulkner

It is my ambition to be, as a private individual, abolished and voided from history, leaving it markless... .

William Faulkner Quotes about history
#26904 William Faulkner

For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it's still not yet two o'clock on that July afternoon in 1863... .

William Faulkner Quotes about teen
#26905 William Faulkner

The young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat. He must learn them again. .

William Faulkner Quotes about writing
#26906 William Faulkner

I decline to accept the end of man. .

William Faulkner Quotes about man
#26907 William Faulkner

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. .

William Faulkner Quotes about man
#26908 William Faulkner

Man knows so little about his fellows. In his eyes all men or women act upon what he believes would motivate him if he were mad enough to do what the other man or woman is doing. .

William Faulkner Quotes about women
#26909 William Faulkner

Poor man. Poor mankind. .

William Faulkner Quotes about man
#26910 William Faulkner

Even a liar can be scared into telling the truth, same as an honest man can be tortured into telling a lie. .

William Faulkner Quotes about truth
#26912 William Faulkner

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 Quotes about war
#26913 William Faulkner

It is my ambition to be, as a private individual, abolished and voided from history, leaving it markless, no refuse save the printed books; I wish I had enough sense to see ahead thirty years ago, and like some of the Elizabethans, not signed them. 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. .

William Faulkner Quotes about life
#26917 William Faulkner

Mr.says that Communism, the police state, will bury the free ones. He is a smart gentleman, he knows that this is nonsense since freedom, man's dim concept of and belief in the human spirit is the cause of all his troubles in his own country. But if he means that Communism will bury capitalism, he is correct. That funeral will occur about ten minutes after the police bury gambling. Because simple man, the human race, will bury both of them. That will be when we have expended the last grain, dram, and iota of our natural resources. But man himself will not be in that grave. 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. .

William Faulkner Quotes about freedom
#26918 William Faulkner

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. .

William Faulkner Quotes about good
#26919 William Faulkner

When grown people speak of the innocence of children, they dont 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 be old enough to desire the fruits of it, which is not innocence but appetite; his ignorance is, he does not know how to commit it, which is not ignorance but size. But Boon didn't know this. He must seduce me. And he had so little time: only from the time the train left until dark. .

William Faulkner Quotes about time
#26920 William Faulkner

A gentleman can live through anything. .

William Faulkner Quotes about man
#26921 William Faulkner

Why that’s a hundred miles away. That’s a long way to go just to eat. .

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#26922 William Faulkner

Some folks wouldn't even speak when they passed me on the street. Then MGM came to town to film , and that made some difference because I'd brought money into Oxford. But it wasn’t until the Nobel Prize that they really thawed out. They couldn’t understand my books, but they could understand thirty thousand dollars. .

William Faulkner Quotes about books
#26923 William Faulkner

Well, between Scotch and nothin', I suppose I’d take Scotch. It’s the nearest thing to good moonshine I can find. .

William Faulkner Quotes about good
#26924 William Faulkner

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. .

William Faulkner Quotes about life
#26925 William Faulkner

Then Ben wailed again, hopeless and prolonged. It was nothing. Just sound. It might have been all time and injustice and sorrow become vocal for an instant by a conjunction of planets. .

William Faulkner Quotes about hope
#26926 William Faulkner

Dilsey stroked Ben's head, slowly and steadily, smoothing the bang upon his brow. He wailed quietly, unhurriedly. "Hush," Dilsey said. "Hush, now. We be gone in a minute. Hush, now." He wailed quietly and steadily. .

William Faulkner Quotes about tea
#26927 William Faulkner

When the shadow of the sash appeared in the curtains it was between seven and eight oclock and then I was in time again, hearing the watch. It was Grandfather’s and when Father gave it to me he said I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire; it’s rather excrutiatingly apt that you will use it to gain the reducto absurdum of all human experience which can fit your individual needs no better than it fitted his or his father’s. I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all your breath trying to conquer it. Because no battle is ever won he said. 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 Quotes about hope
#26928 William Faulkner

A man is the sum of his misfortunes. One day you'd think misfortune would get tired, but then time is your misfortune. .

William Faulkner Quotes about time
#26929 William Faulkner

Once a bitch always a bitch, what I say. .

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#26930 William Faulkner

When people act like niggers, no matter who they are the only thing to do is treat them like a nigger. .

William Faulkner Quotes about people
#26932 William Faulkner

Women do have an affinity for evil, for believing that no woman is to be trusted, but that some men are too innocent to protect themselves. .

William Faulkner Quotes about men
#26933 William Faulkner

He had a word, too. Love, he called it. But I had been used to words for a long time. I knew that that word was like the others: just a shape to fill a lack; that when the right time came, you wouldn't need a word for that anymore than for pride or fear. .

William Faulkner Quotes about fear
#26934 William Faulkner

It takes two people to make you, and one people to die. That's how the world is going to end. .

William Faulkner Quotes about people
#26935 William Faulkner

Sin and love and fear are just sounds that people who never sinned nor loved nor feared have for what they never had and cannot have until they forget the words. .

William Faulkner Quotes about love
#26936 William Faulkner

I can remember how when I was young I believed death to be a phenomenon of the body; now I know it to be merely a function of the mind — and that of the minds who suffer the bereavement. The nihilists say it is the end; the fundamentalists, the beginning; when in reality it is no more than a single tenant or family moving out of a tenement or a town. .

William Faulkner Quotes about death
#26937 William Faulkner

My mother is a fish. .

William Faulkner Quotes about mother
#26938 William Faulkner

People to whom sin is just a matter of words, to them salvation is just words too. .

William Faulkner Quotes about words
#26939 William Faulkner

Life was created in the valleys. It blew up onto the hills on the old terrors, the old lusts, the old despairs. That's why you must walk up the hills so you can ride down. .

William Faulkner Quotes about despair
#26940 William Faulkner

Sometimes I think it aint none of us pure crazy and aint none of us pure sane until the balance of us talks him that-a-way. It's like it aint so much what a fellow does, but it's the way the majority of folks is looking at him when he does it. .

William Faulkner Quotes about time
#26941 William Faulkner

Short story found in Collected Stories (1950) .

William Faulkner Quotes about story
#26942 William Faulkner

For the holy are susceptible to to evil, even as you and I, signori; they too are helpless before sin without God's aid… and the holy can be fooled by sin as quickly as you or I, signori. Quicker, because they are holy. .

William Faulkner Quotes about evil
#26943 William Faulkner

If I could believe that I shall see and touch him again, I shall not have lost him. And if I have not lost him, I shall never have had a son. .

William Faulkner Quotes about believe
#26944 William Faulkner

Who is he who will affirm that there must be a web of flesh and bone to hold the shape of love? .

William Faulkner Quotes about love
#26946 William Faulkner

We never thought, sitting in my office on those afternoons, discussingand , that we would ever be brought to this, did we? You, the atheist whom the mere sight of a church spire on the sky could enrage; and I who have never been able to divorce myself from reason enough even to accept your pleasant and labor-saving theory of . .

William Faulkner Quotes about self
#26947 William Faulkner

Istelling me that for twenty years I have leaned upon a reed no stronger than myself? .

William Faulkner Quotes about self
#26948 William Faulkner

It is not proof that I sought. I, of all men, know that proof is but ainvented by man to justify to himself and his fellows his own crass lust and folly. .

William Faulkner Quotes about men
#26949 William Faulkner

You see, if I could believe that I shall see and touch him again, I shall not have lost him. And if I have not lost him, I shall never have had a son. Because I am I through bereavement and because of it. I do not know what I was nor what I shall be. But because of death, I know that I am. And that is all the immortality of which intellect is capable and flesh should desire. Anything else is for peasants, clods, who could never have loved a son well enough to have lost him. .

William Faulkner Quotes about love
#26951 William Faulkner

“but one mistake; that alertness for measuring and weighing event against eventuality, circumstance against human nature, his own fallible judgement and mortal clay against not only human but natural forces, choosing and discarding, compromising with his dream and his ambition like you must with the horse which you take across country, over timber, which you control only through your ability to keep the animal from realising that actually you cannot, that actually it is the stronger”(41). .

William Faulkner Quotes about nature
#26952 William Faulkner

The past is never dead. It's not even past. .

William Faulkner Quotes about past
#26953 William Faulkner

So vast, so limitless in capacity is man's imagination to disperse and burn away the rubble-dross of fact and probability, leaving only truth and dream. .

William Faulkner Quotes about truth
#26954 William Faulkner

Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly is having to accept it. .

William Faulkner Quotes about gratitude
#26955 William Faulkner

Poets are almost always wrong about facts. That's because they are not really interested in facts: only in truth... .

William Faulkner Quotes about truth
#26956 William Faulkner

This delta, he thought: This Delta. This land which man has deswamped and denuded and derivered in two generations so that white men can own plantations and commute every night to Memphis and black men own plantations and ride in jim crow cars to Chicago to live in millionaires’ mansions on Lakeshore Drive, where white men rent farms and live like niggers and niggers crop on shares and live like animals, where cotton is planted and grows man-tall in the very cracks of the sidewalks, and ursury and mortgage and bankcruptcy and measureless wealth, Chinese and African and Aryan and Jew, all breed and spawn together until no man has time to say which is which nor cares…. No wonder the ruined woods I used to know don’t cry for retribution! He thought: The people who have destroyed it will accomplish its revenge. .

William Faulkner Quotes about time
#26957 William Faulkner

The poets are wrong of course. … But then poets are almost always wrong about facts. That's because they are not really interested in facts: only in truth: which is why the truth they speak is so true that even those who hate poets by simple and natural instinct are exalted and terrified by it. .

William Faulkner Quotes about truth
#26958 William Faulkner

with Jean Stein; later published in Writers at Work : The Paris Review Interviews (1958), First Series, edited by .

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