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William Faulkner
William Faulkner

Born into an old southern family, William Faulkner relied on his roots to paint a rich tapestry of characters and history with his words about the decay of Southern upper crust society. For nearly five years in the late 1920s, Faulkner's novels failed to catch on with audiences. It was "Sanctuary" that finally struck a chord and gave him financial security. After World War II, Faulkner's w…

Date of Birth: September 25, 1897
Date of Death: June 07, 1962


Found 143 quotes by William Faulkner .
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William Faulkner

"I don't know anything about inspiration because I don't know what inspiration is; I've heard about it, but I never saw it." William Faulkner
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"It's a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work. He can't eat for eight hours; he can't drink for eight hours; he can't make love for eight hours. The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work." William Faulkner
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"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" William Faulkner
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"The writer in America isn't part of the culture of this country. He's like a fine dog. People like him around, but he's of no use. . . ." William Faulkner
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"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 that other man or woman is doing." William Faulkner
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"Some things you must always be unable to bear." William Faulkner
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"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, the brigades are in position behind the rail fence, the guns are laid and ready in the woods and the furled flags are already loosened to break out and Pickett himself with his long oiled ringlets and his hat in one hand probably and his sword in the other looking up the hill waiting for Longstreet to give the word and it's all in the balance, it hasn't happened yet, it hasn't even begun yet, it not only hasn't begun yet but there is still time for it not to begin against that position and those circumstances which made more men than Garnett and Kemper and Armistead and Wilcox look grave yet it's going to begin, we all know that, we have come too far with too much at stake and that moment doesn't need even a fourteen-year-old boy to think This time. Maybe this time with all this much to lose and all this much to gain: Pennsylvania, Maryland, the world, the golden dome of Washington itself to crown with desperate and unbelievable victory the desperate gamble, the cast made two years ago.... William Faulkner, Intruder In The Dust" William Faulkner
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"I don't think anybody can teach anybody anything. I think that you learn it, but the young writer that is as I say demon-driven and wants to learn and has got to write, he don't know why, he will learn from almost any source that he finds. He will learn from older people who are not writers, he will learn from writers, but he learns it -- you can't teach it." William Faulkner
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"A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction." William Faulkner
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"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." William Faulkner
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"Well, between Scotch and nothin', I suppose I'd take Scotch. It's the nearest thing to good moonshine I can find." William Faulkner
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"Home again, his native land; he was born of it and his bones will sleep in it . . ." William Faulkner
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"Unless you're ashamed of yourself now and then, you're not honest." William Faulkner
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"If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies" William Faulkner
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"Others have done it before me. I can, too." William Faulkner
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"Once a bitch always a bitch, what I say." William Faulkner
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"I would say that music is the easiest means in which to express, but since words are my talent, I must try to express clumsily in words what the pure music would have done better." William Faulkner
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"I have found that the greatest help in meeting any problem with decency and selfrespect and whatever courage is demanded, is to know where you yourself stand. That is, to have in words what you believe and are acting from." William Faulkner
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"My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky." William Faulkner
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"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." William Faulkner
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"Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself." William Faulkner
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