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quote by William Faulkner: Whatever its symbol -- cross or crescent or whatever -- that symbol is man's reminder of his duty inside the human race. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Whatever its symbol -- cross or crescent or whatever -- that symbol is man's reminder of his duty inside the human race.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: I knew that nobody but a luckless man could ever need a doctor in the face of a cyclone. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I knew that nobody but a luckless man could ever need a doctor in the face of a cyclone.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: And I will look down and see my murmuring bones and the deep water like wind, like a roof of wind, and after a long time they cannot distinguish even bones upon the lonely and inviolate sand. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

And I will look down and see my murmuring bones and the deep water like wind, like a roof of wind, and after a long time they cannot distinguish even bones upon the lonely and inviolate sand.

--William Faulkner

quote by William Faulkner: Dear God, let me be damned a little longer, a little while. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Dear God, let me be damned a little longer, a little while.

--William Faulkner

quote by William Faulkner: Amid the pointing and the horror, the clean flame. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Amid the pointing and the horror, the clean flame.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: When I was a boy I first learned how much better water tastes when it has set a while in a cedar bucket. Warmish-cool, with a faint taste like the hot July wind in Cedar trees smells. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

When I was a boy I first learned how much better water tastes when it has set a while in a cedar bucket. Warmish-cool, with a faint taste like the hot July wind in Cedar trees smells.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: Nothing can destroy the good writer. The only thing that can alter the good writer is death. Good ones don't have time to bother with success or getting rich. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Nothing can destroy the good writer. The only thing that can alter the good writer is death. Good ones don't have time to bother with success or getting rich.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: The best fiction is far more true than any journalism. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

The best fiction is far more true than any journalism.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: The good artist believes that nobody is good enough to give him advice. He has supreme vanity. No matter how much he admires the old writer, he wants to beat him. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

The good artist believes that nobody is good enough to give him advice. He has supreme vanity. No matter how much he admires the old writer, he wants to beat him.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: Thank God you can flee, can escape from that massy five-foot-thick maggot-cheesy solidarity which overlays the earth, in which men and women in couples are ranked like ninepins. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Thank God you can flee, can escape from that massy five-foot-thick maggot-cheesy solidarity which overlays the earth, in which men and women in couples are ranked like ninepins.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: A hack writer who would have been considered fourth rate in Europe, who tried out a few of the old proven 'sure-fire' literary skeletons with sufficient local color to intrigue the superficial and th… with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

A hack writer who would have been considered fourth rate in Europe, who tried out a few of the old proven 'sure-fire' literary skeletons with sufficient local color to intrigue the superficial and the lazy.

--William Faulkner

quote by William Faulkner: I learned little save that most of the deeds, good and bad both, incurring opprobrium or plaudits or reward either, within the scope of man's abilities, had already been performed and were to be lear… with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I learned little save that most of the deeds, good and bad both, incurring opprobrium or plaudits or reward either, within the scope of man's abilities, had already been performed and were to be learned about only from books.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: If there is a God what the hell is He for? with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

If there is a God what the hell is He for?

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: No man can write who is not first a humanitarian. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

No man can write who is not first a humanitarian.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: I believe in God, God. God, I believe in God. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I believe in God, God. God, I believe in God.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: 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. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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.

--William Faulkner

quote by William Faulkner: The artist is still a little like the old court jester. He's supposed to speak his vicious paradoxes with some sense in them, but he isn't part of whatever the fabric is that makes a nation. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

The artist is still a little like the old court jester. He's supposed to speak his vicious paradoxes with some sense in them, but he isn't part of whatever the fabric is that makes a nation.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: Ever since then I have believed that God is not only a gentleman and a sport; he is a Kentuckian too. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Ever since then I have believed that God is not only a gentleman and a sport; he is a Kentuckian too.

--William Faulkner



quote by William Faulkner: Only a man of Colonel Sartoris' generation and thought could have invented it, and only a woman could have believed it. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Only a man of Colonel Sartoris' generation and thought could have invented it, and only a woman could have believed it.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: No battle is ever won ... victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

No battle is ever won ... victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.

--William Faulkner

quote by William Faulkner: I will never lie again. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I will never lie again.

--William Faulkner

quote by William Faulkner: I am trying to say it all in one sentence, between one cap and one period. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I am trying to say it all in one sentence, between one cap and one period.

--William Faulkner

quote by William Faulkner: Had Passion and Purity never encountered, Tenderness had never come into the world. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Had Passion and Purity never encountered, Tenderness had never come into the world.

--William Faulkner

quote by William Faulkner: Our most treasured family heirloom are our sweet family memories. The past is never dead, it is not even past. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Our most treasured family heirloom are our sweet family memories. The past is never dead, it is not even past.

--William Faulkner

quote by William Faulkner: Sometimes i think there must be a sort of pollen of ideas floating in the air, which fertilizes similarly minds here and there which have not had direct contact. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Sometimes i think there must be a sort of pollen of ideas floating in the air, which fertilizes similarly minds here and there which have not had direct contact.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: When I was little there was a picture in one of our books, a dark place into which a single weak ray of light came slanting upon two faces lifted out of the shadow. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

When I was little there was a picture in one of our books, a dark place into which a single weak ray of light came slanting upon two faces lifted out of the shadow.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: All men are just accumulations dolls stuffed with sawdust swept up from the trash heaps where all previous dolls had been thrown away. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

All men are just accumulations dolls stuffed with sawdust swept up from the trash heaps where all previous dolls had been thrown away.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: I reckon it does take a powerful trust in the Lord to guard a fellow, though sometimes I think that Cora's a mite over-cautious, like she was trying to crowd the other folks away and get in closer th… with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I reckon it does take a powerful trust in the Lord to guard a fellow, though sometimes I think that Cora's a mite over-cautious, like she was trying to crowd the other folks away and get in closer than anybody else.

--William Faulkner

quote by William Faulkner: The next time you try to seduce anyone, don't do it with talk, with words. Women know more about words than men ever will. And they know how little they can ever possibly mean. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

The next time you try to seduce anyone, don't do it with talk, with words. Women know more about words than men ever will. And they know how little they can ever possibly mean.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: 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 forget the words. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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 forget the words.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: What's wrong with this world is, it's not finished yet. It is not completed to that point where man can put his final signature to the job and say, It is finished. We made it, and it works. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

What's wrong with this world is, it's not finished yet. It is not completed to that point where man can put his final signature to the job and say, It is finished. We made it, and it works.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: Man the sum of what have you. A problem in impure properties carried tediously to an unvarying nil: stalemate of dust and desire. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Man the sum of what have you. A problem in impure properties carried tediously to an unvarying nil: stalemate of dust and desire.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: That which is destroying the Church is not the outward groping of those within it nor the inward groping of those without, but the professionals who control it and who have removed the bells from its… with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

That which is destroying the Church is not the outward groping of those within it nor the inward groping of those without, but the professionals who control it and who have removed the bells from its steeples.

--William Faulkner

quote by William Faulkner: When I have one martini, I feel bigger, wiser, taller. When I have a second, I feel superlative. When I have more, there's no holding me. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

When I have one martini, I feel bigger, wiser, taller. When I have a second, I feel superlative. When I have more, there's no holding me.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: Writing a first draft is like trying to build a house in a strong wind. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Writing a first draft is like trying to build a house in a strong wind.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: Just when do men that have different blood in them stop hating one another? with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Just when do men that have different blood in them stop hating one another?

--William Faulkner

quote by William Faulkner: It used to be I thought of death as a man something like Grandfather a friend of his a kind of private and particular friend like we used to think of Grandfather's desk not to touch it not even to ta… with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

It used to be I thought of death as a man something like Grandfather a friend of his a kind of private and particular friend like we used to think of Grandfather's desk not to touch it not even to talk loud in the room where it was.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: 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. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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
quote by William Faulkner: There are some things for which three words are three too many, and three thousand words that many words too less. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: It's the most satisfying occupation man has discovered yet, because you never can quite do it as well as you want to, so there's always something to wake up tomorrow morning to do. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

It's the most satisfying occupation man has discovered yet, because you never can quite do it as well as you want to, so there's always something to wake up tomorrow morning to do.

--William Faulkner

quote by William Faulkner: There were many things I could do for two or three days and earn enough money to live on for the rest of the month. By temperament I'm a vagabond and a tramp. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

There were many things I could do for two or three days and earn enough money to live on for the rest of the month. By temperament I'm a vagabond and a tramp.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: A writer strives to express a universal truth in the way that rings the most bells in the shortest amount of time. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

A writer strives to express a universal truth in the way that rings the most bells in the shortest amount of time.

--William Faulkner

quote by William Faulkner: It seems impossible for a man to learn the value of money without first having to learn to waste it. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

It seems impossible for a man to learn the value of money without first having to learn to waste it.

--William Faulkner

quote by William Faulkner: I love Virginians because Virginians are all snobs and I like snobs. A snob has to spend so much time being a snob that he has little time left to meddle with you. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I love Virginians because Virginians are all snobs and I like snobs. A snob has to spend so much time being a snob that he has little time left to meddle with you.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: It is assumed that anyone who makes a million dollars has a unique gift, though he might have made it off some useless gadget. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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
quote by William Faulkner: An artist is completely amoral in that he will rob, beg, borrow, or steal from anybody and everybody to get the work done. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

An artist is completely amoral in that he will rob, beg, borrow, or steal from anybody and everybody to get the work done.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: It's always the idle habits you acquire which you will regret. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

It's always the idle habits you acquire which you will regret.

--William Faulkner

Longer Version:

It's always the idle habits you acquire which you will regret. Father said that. That Christ was not crucified: he was worn away by a minute clicking of little wheels. That had no sister.


quote by William Faulkner: It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what… with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: Read, read read. Read everything. with background image: white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books
Background Photo: Debby Hudson

Read, read read. Read everything.

--William Faulkner
quote by 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. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

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
quote by William Faulkner: My ideal job? Landlord of a bordello! The company's good and the mornings are quiet, which is the best time to write. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

My ideal job? Landlord of a bordello! The company's good and the mornings are quiet, which is the best time to write.

--William Faulkner

quote by William Faulkner: Fear is the most damnable, damaging thing to human personality in the whole world. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Fear is the most damnable, damaging thing to human personality in the whole world.

--William Faulkner

quote by William Faulkner: He sho a preacher, mon! He didn't look like much at first, but hush! with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

He sho a preacher, mon! He didn't look like much at first, but hush!

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: But something held him, as the fatalist can always be held: by curiosity, pessimism, by sheer inertia. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

But something held him, as the fatalist can always be held: by curiosity, pessimism, by sheer inertia.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: Pleasure, ecstasy, they cannot seem to bear: their escape from it is in violence, in drinking and fighting and apparently inescapable -- -- And so why should not their religion drive them to crucifix… with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Pleasure, ecstasy, they cannot seem to bear: their escape from it is in violence, in drinking and fighting and apparently inescapable -- -- And so why should not their religion drive them to crucifixion of themselves and one another? he thinks.

--William Faulkner

quote by William Faulkner: I've got to feel the pencil and see the words at the end of the pencil. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I've got to feel the pencil and see the words at the end of the pencil.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: It wasn't until the Nobel Prize that they really thawed out. They couldn't understand my books, but they could understand $30,000. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

It wasn't until the Nobel Prize that they really thawed out. They couldn't understand my books, but they could understand $30,000.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: Maybe times are never strange to women: it is just one continuous monotonous thing full of the repeated follies of their menfolks. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Maybe times are never strange to women: it is just one continuous monotonous thing full of the repeated follies of their menfolks.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: So long as the deceit ran along quiet and monotonous, all of us let ourselves be deceived, abetting it unawares or maybe through cowardice. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

So long as the deceit ran along quiet and monotonous, all of us let ourselves be deceived, abetting it unawares or maybe through cowardice.

--William Faulkner

quote by William Faulkner: What matters is at the end of life, when you're about to pass into oblivion, that you've at least scratched 'Kilroy was here,' on the last wall of the universe. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

What matters is at the end of life, when you're about to pass into oblivion, that you've at least scratched 'Kilroy was here,' on the last wall of the universe.

--William Faulkner


quote by William Faulkner: Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.

--William Faulkner

Longer Version:

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.


quote by William Faulkner: How do our lives ravel out into the no-wind, no-sound, the weary gestures wearily recapitulant: echoes of old compulsions with no-hand on no-string: in sunset we fall into furious attitudes, dead ges… with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

How do our lives ravel out into the no-wind, no-sound, the weary gestures wearily recapitulant: echoes of old compulsions with no-hand on no-string: in sunset we fall into furious attitudes, dead gestures of dolls.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: If you could just ravel out into time. That would be nice. It would be nice if you could just ravel out into time. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

If you could just ravel out into time. That would be nice. It would be nice if you could just ravel out into time.

--William Faulkner


quote by William Faulkner: I discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it.

--William Faulkner


quote by William Faulkner: I don't care much for facts, am not much interested in them, you can't stand a fact up, you've got to prop it up, and when you move to one side a little and look at it from that angle, it's not thick… with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I don't care much for facts, am not much interested in them, you can't stand a fact up, you've got to prop it up, and when you move to one side a little and look at it from that angle, it's not thick enough to cast a shadow in that direction.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: So vast, so limitless in capacity is man's imagination to disperse and burn away the rubble-dross of fact and probability, leaving only truth and dream. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

So vast, so limitless in capacity is man's imagination to disperse and burn away the rubble-dross of fact and probability, leaving only truth and dream.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: I never said anything more. it doesn't do any good. I've found that when a man gets into a rut the best thing you can do is let him stay there. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I never said anything more. it doesn't do any good. I've found that when a man gets into a rut the best thing you can do is let him stay there.

--William Faulkner

quote by William Faulkner: And you came home?
To die. Yes.
To die?
Yes. To die. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

And you came home?
To die. Yes.
To die?
Yes. To die.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: Gough never pretended to perfection or to sainthood -- well, hardly ever. Although when he set off the metal detector at airport security, he would blame his aura. with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

Gough never pretended to perfection or to sainthood -- well, hardly ever. Although when he set off the metal detector at airport security, he would blame his aura.

--William Faulkner
quote by William Faulkner: I'm a failed poet. Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can't, and then tries the short story, which is the most demanding form after poetry. And, failing at that, only then does … with background image: photo of author William Faulkner with quote

I'm a failed poet. Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can't, and then tries the short story, which is the most demanding form after poetry. And, failing at that, only then does he take up novel writing.

--William Faulkner

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