William Faulkner Quotes

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William Faulkner

"People need trouble -- a little frustration to sharpen the spirit on, toughen it. Artists do; I don't mean you need to live in a rat hole or gutter, but you have to learn fortitude, endurance. Only vegetables are happy." William Faulkner
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"In my time I have seen truth that was anything under the sun but just, and I have seen justice using tools and instruments I wouldn't want to touch with a 10-foot fence rail." William Faulkner
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"A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others" William Faulkner
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"How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home." William Faulkner
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"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." William Faulkner
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"The work of the artist is to lift up peoples hearts and help them endure" William Faulkner
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"Read, read, read. Read everything - trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window." William Faulkner
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"It is assumed that anyone who makes a million dollars has a unique gift, though he might have made it off some useless gadget." William Faulkner
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"This is a free country. Folks have a right to send me letters, and I have a right not to read them." William Faulkner
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"A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once." William Faulkner
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"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
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". . . and that 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 forgot the words . . ." William Faulkner
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Fear   

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"I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth." William Faulkner
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"Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain" William Faulkner
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"Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders." William Faulkner
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"Pointless. . . . Like giving caviar to an elephant." William Faulkner
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"If I were reincarnated, I'd want to come back a buzzard. Nothing hates him or envies him or wants him or needs him. He is never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything." William Faulkner
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"I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it." William Faulkner
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"Perhaps they were right in putting love into books, . . . Perhaps it could not live anywhere else." William Faulkner
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"Loving all of it even while he had to hate some of it because he knows now that you don't love because: you love despite; not for the virtues, but despite the faults." William Faulkner
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"Facts and truth really don't have much to do with each other." William Faulkner
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