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William Faulkner Quotes


American novelist and poet whose works feature his native state of Mississippi. He was regarded as one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century and was awarded the 1949 Nobel Prize for Literature.
(1897 - 1962)

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A gentleman can live through anything.
 

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

A man's moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.
 

A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.
 

A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid.
 

All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.
[Perfection]
 

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
 

An artist is a creature driven by demons. He don't know why they choose him and he's usually too busy to wonder why. He is completely amoral in that he will rob, borrow, beg, or steal from anybody and everybody to get the work done.
[Busy]
 

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.
 

Between grief and nothing I will take grief.
 

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.
[Time]
 

Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
 

Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency to get the book written.
 

Facts and truth really don't have much to do with each other.
 

Fear is the most damnable, damaging thing to human personality in the whole world.
[Fear]
 

Given a choice between grief and nothing, I'd choose grief.
 

Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.
 

Hollywood is a place where a man can get stabbed in the back while climbing a ladder.
 

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.
 

I decline to accept the end of men... 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.
[Man]
 


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