William Faulkner was an American novelist and short story writer.


William Faulkner Quotes on Life

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Women will show pride and honor about almost anything except love. ~ William Faulkner,

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Everyone in the South has no time for reading because they are all too busy writing. ~ William Faulkner.

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God is foolish at times, but at least He’s a gentleman. ~ William Faulkner.

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We always admire the other person more after we’ve tried to do his job. ~ William Faulkner.

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I say money has no value; it’s just the way you spend it. ~ William Faulkner.

No man is a failure who is enjoying life. ~ William Faulkner.

The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools. ~ William Faulkner.

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It is the writer’s privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart. ~ William Faulkner.

Best William Faulkner Quotes

The rest of the United States knows next to nothing about the South. ~ William Faulkner.

You’re not being tried by common sense, You’re being tried by a jury. ~ William Faulkner.

I never promise a woman anything nor let her know what I’m going to give her. ~ William Faulkner.

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. ~ William Faulkner.

The reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time. ~ William Faulkner.

It surged up out of the water and stood for an instant upright upon that surging and heaving desolation like Christ. ~ William Faulkner.

It does last, Spring does. You’d almost think there was some purpose to it. ~ William Faulkner.

She loved him not only in spite of but because he himself was incapable of love. ~ William Faulkner.

The artist doesn’t have time to listen to the critics. ~ William Faulkner.

I’m glad I haven’t got the sort of conscience I’ve got to nurse like a sick puppy all the time. ~ William Faulkner.

Famous William Faulkner Quotes

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Wanton stars galloped neighing like unicorns in blue meadows. ~ William Faulkner.

I believe that man will not merely endure he will prevail. ~ William Faulkner.

Memory believes before knowing remembers. ~ William Faulkner.

I be durn if it didn’t give me the creeps. ~ William Faulkner.

There is no such thing as memory, the brain recalls just what the muscles grope for. ~ William Faulkner.

In writing, you must kill all your darlings. ~ William Faulkner.

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… The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work. ~ William Faulkner.

Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. ~ William Faulkner.

Without money there could be no pleasure. ~ William Faulkner.

Surely there is something in madness, even the demoniac, which Satan flees, aghast at his own handiwork, and which God looks on in pity. ~ William Faulkner.

To the man grown the long crowded mile of his boyhood becomes less than the throw of a stone. ~ William Faulkner.

You have to be born for this like you have to be born a butcher or a barber, I guess. ~ William Faulkner.

Top Faulkner Quotes

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I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible. ~ William Faulkner.

That’s how the world is going to end. ~ William Faulkner.

Better that he were dead, better that he had never lived. ~ William Faulkner.

Wonder. Go on and wonder. ~ William Faulkner.

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

Only through the blood of our men and the tears of our women could He stay this demon and efface his name and lineage from the earth. ~ William Faulkner.

Try to be better than yourself. ~ William Faulkner.

It takes an awful lot of character to quit anything when you are losing. ~ William Faulkner.

He came to town to find a wife… as he would have gone to market to buy livestock or slaves. ~ William Faulkner.

Business is always interfering with pleasure, but it makes other pleasures possible. ~ William Faulkner.

Great William Faulkner Quotes

I’m bad and I’m going to hell, and I don’t care. I’d rather be in hell than anywhere where you are. ~ William Faulkner.

I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth. ~ William Faulkner.

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The reason you will not say it is, when you say it, even to yourself, you will know it is true. ~ William Faulkner.

The dead air shapes the dead darkness, further away than seeing shapes the dead earth. ~ William Faulkner.

Stars were golden unicorns neighing unheard through blue meadows. ~ William Faulkner.

It’s not when you realize that nothing can help you -religion, pride, anything – it’s when you realize that you don’t need any aid. ~ William Faulkner.

He said he knew without the words like he told me that ma is going to die without words. ~ William Faulkner.

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

There was something terrible in me sometimes at night I could see it grinning at me I could see it through them grinning at me through their faces it’s gone now and I’m sick. ~ William Faulkner.

When you have plenty of good strong hating you don’t need hope because the hating will be enough to nourish you. ~ William Faulkner.

Profound William Faulkner Quotes

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Facts and truth really don’t have much to do with each other. ~ William Faulkner.

I am too old for this. I was born too old for it, and so I am sick to death for quiet. ~ William Faulkner.

Only you and me then amid the pointing and the horror walled by the clean flame. ~ William Faulkner.

The South. Jesus. No wonder you folks all outlive yourselves by years and years and years. ~ William Faulkner.

Freedom comes with the decision: it does not wait for the act. ~ William Faulkner.

It used to be a gentleman was known by his books; nowadays he is known by the ones he has not returned. ~ William Faulkner.

When you have hated somebody for forty-three years you will know them awful well. ~ William Faulkner.

Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely. ~ William Faulkner.

The salvation of the world is in man’s suffering. ~ William Faulkner.

There are occurrences which stop us dead… through which events transpire as… in a soundless vacuum. ~ William Faulkner.

Like old married people who no longer have anything in common, to do or to talk about, save the same general weight of air to displace. ~ William Faulkner

Probably by that time he had learned that there were three things and no more: breathing, pleasure, darkness. ~ William Faulkner.

It’s bad that a fellow must earn the reward of his right-doing by flouting hisself and his dead. ~ William Faulkner.

Meaningful William Faulkner Quotes

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I, the dreamer clinging yet to the dream as the patient clings to the last thin unbearable ecstatic instant of agony. ~ William Faulkner.

Caddy smelled like trees. ~ William Faulkner.

I am older at twenty than a lot of people who have died. ~ William Faulkner.

That was when I learned that words are no good; that words don’t ever fit even what they are trying to say at. ~ William Faulkner.

Tell about the South. What’s it like there? What do they do there? Why do they live there? ~ William Faulkner.

I’d have wasted a lot of time and trouble before I learned that the best way to take all people. ~ William Faulkner.

Who gathers the withered rose? ~ William Faulkner.

Don’t cry I’m bad anyway you can’t help it. ~ William Faulkner.

How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home. ~ William Faulkner.

The past is never dead. It’s not even past. ~ William Faulkner.

Only the peak feels so sound and stable that the beginning of the falling is hidden for a little while. ~ William Faulkner.

My mother is a fish. ~ William Faulkner.

Wise William Faulkner Quotes

I have heard too much, I have been told too much; I have had to listen to too much, too long. ~ 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.

If they want it to tote and ride on a balance, they will have. ~ William Faulkner.

Father and I protect women from one another from themselves our women. ~ William Faulkner.

Years ago we in the South made our women into ladies. Then the war came and made the ladies into ghosts. ~ William Faulkner.

There are some things for which three words are three too many, and three thousand words that many words too less. ~ William Faulkner.

I am not crying now. I am not anything. ~ William Faulkner.

If you could just ravel out into time. That would be nice. ~ William Faulkner.

If a story is in you, it has to come out. ~ William Faulkner.

Holding all I used to be sorry about like the new moon holding water. ~ William Faulkner.

I know I’m just a trouble and a burden to you. ~ William Faulkner.

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

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. ~ William Faulkner.

Popular William Faulkner Quotes

I don’t hate it he thought, panting in the cold air, the iron New England dark; I don’t. I don’t! I don’t hate it! ~ William Faulkner.

If I’d just had a mother so I could say Mother Mother. ~ William Faulkner.

All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. ~ William Faulkner.

Women know more about words than men ever will. And they know how little they can ever possibly mean. ~ William Faulkner.

Women, to them any wedding is better than no wedding and a big wedding with a villain preferable to a small one with a saint. ~ William Faulkner.

Purity is a negative state and therefore contrary to nature. ~ William Faulkner.

I don’t know if a little music ain’t about the nicest thing a fellow can have. ~ William Faulkner.

I believed that there were things which still mattered just because they had mattered once. ~ William Faulkner.

My brother … went crazy and he went to Jackson too. Jackson is further away than crazy. ~ William Faulkner.

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

Sometimes I lose faith in human nature for a time; I am assailed by doubt. ~ William Faulkner.

I believe in God, God. God, I believe in God. ~ William Faulkner.


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