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Quote: I don't suppose anybody ever deliberately listens to a watch or a clock. You don't have to. You can be oblivious to the sound for a long while, then in a second of ticking it can create in the mind unbroken the long diminishing parade of time you didn't hear. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I don't suppose anybody ever deliberately listens to a watch or a clock. You don't have to. You can be oblivious to the sound for a long while, then in a second of ticking it can create in the mind unbroken the long diminishing parade of time you didn't hear.


Quote: Hemingway shot himself. I don't like a man that takes the short way home. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Hemingway shot himself. I don't like a man that takes the short way home.


Quote: Who gathers the withered rose? by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Who gathers the withered rose?


Quote: Even sound seemed to fail in this air, like the air was worn out with carrying sounds so long. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Even sound seemed to fail in this air, like the air was worn out with carrying sounds so long.




Quote: Living is one constant and perpetual instant when the arras-veil before what-is-to-be hangs docile and even glad to the lightest naked thrust if we had dared, were brave enough (not wise enough: no wisdom needed here) to make the rending gash. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Living is one constant and perpetual instant when the arras-veil before what-is-to-be hangs docile and even glad to the lightest naked thrust if we had dared, were brave enough (not wise enough: no wisdom needed here) to make the rending gash.


Quote: I could smell the curves of the river beyond the dusk and I saw the last light supine and tranquil upon tideflats like pieces of broken mirror, then beyond them lights began in the pale clear air, trembling a little like butterflies hovering a long way off. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I could smell the curves of the river beyond the dusk and I saw the last light supine and tranquil upon tideflats like pieces of broken mirror, then beyond them lights began in the pale clear air, trembling a little like butterflies hovering a long way off.


Quote: There is no such thing as bad whiskey. Some whiskeys just happen to be better than others. But a man shouldn't fool with booze until he's fifty; then he's a damn fool if he doesn't. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

There is no such thing as bad whiskey. Some whiskeys just happen to be better than others. But a man shouldn't fool with booze until he's fifty; then he's a damn fool if he doesn't.


Quote: There is no such thing as a bad whisky. Some whiskies just happen to be better than others. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

There is no such thing as a bad whisky. Some whiskies just happen to be better than others.


Quote: Here I am I am tired I am tired of running of having to carry my life like it was a basket of eggs. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Here I am I am tired I am tired of running of having to carry my life like it was a basket of eggs.


Quote: Everyone in the South has no time for reading because they are all too busy writing. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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


Quote: Ingenuity was apparently given man in order that he may supply himself in crises with shapes and sounds with which to guard himself from truth. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Ingenuity was apparently given man in order that he may supply himself in crises with shapes and sounds with which to guard himself from truth.


Quote: What sets a man writhing sleepless in bed at night is not having injured his fellow so much as having been wrong; the mere injury he can efface by destroying the victim and the witness but the mistake is his and that is one of his cats which he always prefers to choke to death with butter. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of William Faulkner quote: What sets a man writhing sleepless in bed at night is not having injured his fellow so much as having been wrong; the mere injury he can efface by destroying the victim and the witness but the mistake is his and that is one of his cats which he always prefers to choke to death with butter.- black text on quotes background

What sets a man writhing sleepless in bed at night is not having injured his fellow so much as having been wrong; the mere injury he can efface by destroying the victim and the witness but the mistake is his and that is one of his cats which he always prefers to choke to death with butter.


Quote: I draw no petty social lines. A man to me is a man, wherever I find him. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I draw no petty social lines. A man to me is a man, wherever I find him.


Quote: Men have been pacifists for every reason under the sun except to avoid danger and fighting. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Men have been pacifists for every reason under the sun except to avoid danger and fighting.


Quote: I'd have wasted a lot of time and trouble before I learned that the best way to take all people, black or white, is to take them for what they think they are, then leave them alone. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I'd have wasted a lot of time and trouble before I learned that the best way to take all people, black or white, is to take them for what they think they are, then leave them alone.


Quote: War and drink are the two things man is never too poor to buy. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

War and drink are the two things man is never too poor to buy.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

War and drink are the two things man is never too poor to buy. His wife and children may be shoeless; someone will always buy him drink or weapons.


Quote: It was too late. Maybe yesterday, while I was still a child, but not now. I knew too much, had seen too much, I was a child no longer now; innocence and childhood were forever lost, forever gone from me. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

It was too late. Maybe yesterday, while I was still a child, but not now. I knew too much, had seen too much, I was a child no longer now; innocence and childhood were forever lost, forever gone from me.


Quote: A novelist is a failed short story writer, and a short story writer is a failed poet. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

A novelist is a failed short story writer, and a short story writer is a failed poet.


Quote: It's not when you realise that nothing can help you -- religion, pride, anything -- it's when you realise that you don't need any aid. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

It's not when you realise that nothing can help you -- religion, pride, anything -- it's when you realise that you don't need any aid.



Longer Version/[Notes]:

I be dog if hit don't look like sometimes that when a fellow sets out to play a joke, hit ain't another fellow he's playing that joke on; hit's a kind of big power laying still somewhere in the dark that he sets out to prank with without knowing hit, and hit all depends on whether that ere power is in the notion to take a joke or not, whether or not hit blows up right in his face, like this one did in mine. ("A Bear Hunt").


Quote: Henry James was one of the nicest old ladies I ever met. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Henry James was one of the nicest old ladies I ever met.


Quote: Civilization begins with distillation. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Civilization begins with distillation.


Quote: The man himself lay in the bed.

For a long while we just stood there, looking down at the profound and fleshless grin. The body had apparently once lain in the attitude of an embrace, but now the long sleep that outlasts love, that conquers even the grimace of love, had cuckolded him. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of William Faulkner quote: The man himself lay in the bed.

For a long while we just stood there, looking down at the profound and fleshless grin. The body had apparently once lain in the attitude of an embrace, but now the long sleep that outlasts love, that conquers even the grimace of love, had cuckolded him.- black text on quotes background

The man himself lay in the bed.

For a long while we just stood there, looking down at the profound and fleshless grin. The body had apparently once lain in the attitude of an embrace, but now the long sleep that outlasts love, that conquers even the grimace of love, had cuckolded him.


Quote: All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: Women do have an affinity for evil, for believing that no woman is to be trusted, but that some men are too innocent to protect themselves. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Women do have an affinity for evil, for believing that no woman is to be trusted, but that some men are too innocent to protect themselves.


Quote: And when I think about that, I think that if nothing but being married will help a man, he's durn nigh hopeless. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

And when I think about that, I think that if nothing but being married will help a man, he's durn nigh hopeless.






Quote: I've done what I could; a man that can live as lone as I have and not know when to quit is a fool. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I've done what I could; a man that can live as lone as I have and not know when to quit is a fool.


Quote: I know now that what makes a fool is an inability to take even his own good advice. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I know now that what makes a fool is an inability to take even his own good advice.


Quote: Caddy got the box and set it on the floor and opened it. It was full of stars. When I was still, they were still. When I moved, they glinted and sparkled. I hushed. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Caddy got the box and set it on the floor and opened it. It was full of stars. When I was still, they were still. When I moved, they glinted and sparkled. I hushed.


Quote: The saddest thing about love, Joe, is that not only the love cannot last forever, but even the heartbreak is soon forgotten. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

The saddest thing about love, Joe, is that not only the love cannot last forever, but even the heartbreak is soon forgotten.


Quote: Mississippi begins in a lobby of a Memphis, Tennessee hotel and extends south to the Gulf of Mexico. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Mississippi begins in a lobby of a Memphis, Tennessee hotel and extends south to the Gulf of Mexico.


Quote: History is not was, it is. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

History is not was, it is.




Quote: Between grief and nothing, I will take grief. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Between grief and nothing, I will take grief.


Quote: And even a liar can be scared into telling the truth, same as honest man can be tortured into telling a lie. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

And even a liar can be scared into telling the truth, same as honest man can be tortured into telling a lie.


Quote: In writing, you must kill all your darlings. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

In writing, you must kill all your darlings.


Quote: 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's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of William Faulkner quote; white text on black background

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's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.


Quote: Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but that's the only way you can do anything really good. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but that's the only way you can do anything really good.




Quote: If happy I can be I will, if suffer I must I can. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

If happy I can be I will, if suffer I must I can.


Quote: The only environment the artist needs is whatever peace, whatever solitude, and whatever pleasure he can get at not too high a cost. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

The only environment the artist needs is whatever peace, whatever solitude, and whatever pleasure he can get at not too high a cost.


Quote: Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good.


Quote: Only when the clock stops does time come to life. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Only when the clock stops does time come to life.


Quote: We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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


Quote: And sure enough, even waiting will end… if you can just wait long enough. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

And sure enough, even waiting will end… if you can just wait long enough.


Quote: Be scared. You can't help that. But don't be afraid. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Be scared. You can't help that. But don't be afraid.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Be scared. You can't help that. But don't be afraid. Ain't nothing in the woods going to hurt you unless you corner it, or it smells that you are afraid. A bear or a deer, too, has got to be scared of a coward the same as a brave man has got to be.


Quote: I could just remember how my father used to say that the reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I could just remember how my father used to say that the reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time.


Quote: Don't do what you can do -- try what you can't do. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Don't do what you can do -- try what you can't do.


Quote: There is something about jumping a horse over a fence, something that makes you feel good. Perhaps it's the risk, the gamble. In any event it's a thing I need. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

There is something about jumping a horse over a fence, something that makes you feel good. Perhaps it's the risk, the gamble. In any event it's a thing I need.


Quote: It is my aim, and every effort bent, that the sum and history of my life, which in the same sentence is my obit and epitaph too, shall be them both: He made the books and he died. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

It is my aim, and every effort bent, that the sum and history of my life, which in the same sentence is my obit and epitaph too, shall be them both: He made the books and he died.


Quote: 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. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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.


Quote: If I had not existed, someone else would have written me, Hemingway, Dostoevski, all of us. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

If I had not existed, someone else would have written me, Hemingway, Dostoevski, all of us.


Quote: I'm inclined to think that a military background wouldn't hurt anyone. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I'm inclined to think that a military background wouldn't hurt anyone.


Quote: 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. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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.


Quote: I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it.


Quote: I have found that the greatest help in meeting any problem is to know where you yourself stand. That is, to have in words what you believe and are acting from. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I have found that the greatest help in meeting any problem is to know where you yourself stand. That is, to have in words what you believe and are acting from.


Quote: I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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


Quote: I decline to accept the end of man. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I decline to accept the end of man.


Quote: 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. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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.


Quote: Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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


Quote: Facts and truth really don't have much to do with each other. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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


Quote: Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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


Quote: A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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


Quote: A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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.


Quote: A gentleman can live through anything. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

A gentleman can live through anything.


Quote: 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. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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.


Quote: You should approach Joyce's Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament: with faith. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

You should approach Joyce's Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament: with faith.


Quote: Hollywood is a place where a man can get stabbed in the back while climbing a ladder. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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


Quote: The salvation of the world is in man's suffering. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

The salvation of the world is in man's suffering.


Quote: We have to start teaching ourselves not to be afraid. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

We have to start teaching ourselves not to be afraid.


Quote: Unless you're ashamed of yourself now and then, you're not honest. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Unless you're ashamed of yourself now and then, you're not honest.


Quote: Tomorrow night is nothing but one long sleepless wrestle with yesterday's omissions and regrets. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Tomorrow night is nothing but one long sleepless wrestle with yesterday's omissions and regrets.


Quote: To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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.


Quote: The scattered tea goes with the leaves and every day a sunset dies. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

The scattered tea goes with the leaves and every day a sunset dies.


Quote: Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That's how he finds that he can bear anything. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That's how he finds that he can bear anything.


Quote: The past is never dead. It's not even past. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

The past is never dead. It's not even past.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The past is never dead. It's not even past. All of us labor in webs spun long before we were born, webs of heredity and environment, of desire and consequence, of history and eternity. Haunted by wrong turns and roads not taken, we pursue images perceived as new but whose providence dates to the dim dramas of childhood, which are themselves but ripples of consequence echoing down the generations. The quotidian demands of life distract from this resonance of images and events, but some of us feel it always.


Quote: The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.


Quote: The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next.


Quote: Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly is having to accept it. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly is having to accept it.


Quote: The tools I need for my work are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

The tools I need for my work are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey.


Quote: My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.


Quote: The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews.


Quote: 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. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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.


Quote: The best job that was ever offered to me was to become a landlord in a brothel. In my opinion it's the perfect milieu for an artist to work in. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

The best job that was ever offered to me was to become a landlord in a brothel. In my opinion it's the perfect milieu for an artist to work in.


Quote: Perhaps they were right in putting love into books... Perhaps it could not live anywhere else. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Perhaps they were right in putting love into books... Perhaps it could not live anywhere else.


Quote: The saddest thing about love is that not only that it cannot last forever, but that heartbreak is soon forgotten. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

The saddest thing about love is that not only that it cannot last forever, but that heartbreak is soon forgotten.


Quote: 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. by author William Faulkner overlaid on photo of photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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. Since man is mortal, the only immortality possible for him is to leave something behind him that is immortal since it will always move.


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