William Faulkner Quotes

I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among the creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of kindness and compassion.

William Faulkner

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.

William Faulkner

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

William Faulkner

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

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.

William Faulkner

All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection.

William Faulkner

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.

William Faulkner

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

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.

William Faulkner

An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn’t know why they choose him and he’s usually too busy to wonder why.

William Faulkner

A gentleman can live through anything.

William Faulkner

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

William Faulkner

Our tragedy is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it... the basest of all things is to be afraid.

William Faulkner

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

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

William Faulkner

The writer's only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one... 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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