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Clocks slay time...
by 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

Related topics: Time

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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.
- William Faulkner

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.
- William Faulkner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- William Faulkner

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

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

The past is never dead.
It's not even past.
- William Faulkner

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

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

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

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

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.
- William Faulkner

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

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

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

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

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

A gentleman can live through anything.
- William Faulkner

Man will not merely endure; he will prevail.
- William Faulkner

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

Well, between Scotch and nothin', I suppose I'd take Scotch.
It's the nearest thing to good moonshine I can find.
- William Faulkner

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.
- William Faulkner

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.
- William Faulkner

I decline to accept the end of man.
- William Faulkner

Memory believes before knowing remembers.
Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.
- William Faulkner

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

The scattered tea goes with the leaves and every day a sunset dies.
- 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 tools I need for my work are paper,
tobacco, food, and a little whiskey.
- William Faulkner

Everything goes by the board: honor,
pride,
decency to get the book written.
- William Faulkner

Tomorrow night is nothing but one long sleepless wrestle
with yesterday's omissions and regrets.
- 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;
he can't make love for eight hours.
The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work.
- William Faulkner

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

We have to start teaching ourselves not to be afraid.
- William Faulkner

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.
- William Faulkner

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

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.
- William Faulkner

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

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.
- William Faulkner

Pointless...
like giving caviar to an elephant.
- William Faulkner

This is a free country.
Folks have a right to send me letters,
and I have a right not to read them.
- William Faulkner

Clocks will go as they are set, but man,
irregular man, is never constant, never certain.
- Thomas Otway

Our strategy is one of preventing war by making it
self-evident to our enemies that they're going to get
their clocks cleaned if they start one.
- John W. Vessey, Jr.

Our brains are seventy-year clocks.
The Angel of Life winds them up once for all,
then closes the case, and gives the key into the hand
of the Angel of the Resurrection.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

I think that in the future, clocks won't say three o'clock anymore.
They'll just get right to the point and rename three o'clock 'Pepsi.'
- Doug Coupland

Having designed and built several clocks during my
career it suddenly occurred to me that when you look
at the face of a clock both hands have the same center.
- Kit Williams

I once made love for an hour and fifteen minutes,
but it was the night the clocks are set ahead.
- Garry Shandling

O, for an engine, to keep back all clocks,
or make the sun forget his motion!
- Ben Jonson

Calendars and clocks exist to measure time,
but that signifies little because we all know that
an hour can seem as eternity or pass in a flash,
according to how we spend it.
- Michael Ende

At least the Pilgrim Fathers used to shoot Indians:
the Pilgrim Children merely punch time clocks.
- e. e. cummings

It's not very heroic to slay dragons.
Dragons are generally very peaceful and well behaved.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stress is an important dragon to slay -
or at least tame -
in your life.
- Marilu Henner

Take it from a guy: If you're in love with somebody,
you will swim the stream, you will climb the mountain,
you will slay the dragon.
You're going to get to her somehow, some way.
- Phil McGraw

It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age;
but,
if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door,
and this dragon is religion.
- Bertrand Russell

Men do not accept their prophets and slay them,
but they love their martyrs and worship those whom
they have tortured to death.
- Fyodor Dostoevsky

There were dragons to slay in the old days.
Nixon was a good dragon.
- Pat Oliphant

The man whom God wills to slay in the struggle of life -
he first individualizes.
- Henrik Ibsen

I am a comic writer, which means I get to slay the dragons,
and shoot the bull.
- Rita Mae Brown


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