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William Faulkner Quotes


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Poor man. Poor mankind.
 

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.
 

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.
[Arrest]
 

The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews.
 

The best job that was ever offered to me was to become a landlord in a brothel. In my opinion it's the perfect milieu for an artist to work in.
 

The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.
 

The ideal woman which is in every man's mind is evoked by a word or phrase or the shape of her wrist, her hand. The most beautiful description of a woman is by understatement. Remember, all Tolstoy ever said to describe Anna Karenina was that she was beautiful and could see in the dark like a cat. Every man has a different idea of what's beautiful, and it's best to take the gesture, the shadow of the branch, and let the mind create the tree.
[Women]
 

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.
 

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
 

The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past.
[The Past]
 

The salvation of the world is in man's suffering.
 

The scattered tea goes with the leaves and every day a sunset dies.
 

The Swiss are not a people so much as a neat, clean, quite solvent business.
 

The tools I need for my work are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey.
 

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.
 

This is a free country. Folks have a right to send me letters, and I have a right not to read them.
 

Time is a fluid condition which has no existence except in the momentary avatars of individual people.
[One Day]
 

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.
[Against]
 

To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.
 

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


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