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William Faulkner Quotes and Sayings

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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

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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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A gentleman can live through anything.
- William Faulkner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I decline to accept the end of man.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

The future belongs to those
who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Winners Dream Big Dreams.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

To lead a great life:
Dream, Take Action, Repeat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

All our dreams can come true,
if we have the courage to pursue them.
- Walt Disney

The only place where your dream becomes impossible
is in your own thinking.
- Robert H. Schuller

I Sing Wild Songs Of Adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The dream you are living is your creation.
It is your perception of reality that you can change at any time.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The problems of the world cannot possibly
be solved by skeptics or cynics
whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, Begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, Begin it now.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This day I will marry my friend,
the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.
- Anonymous

I Dream This Day of Wondrous Things,
of Peace and Hope and Pride.
I Dance My Dance with Life Today,
I'm Filled with Love Inside.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Life is a song - sing it.
Life is a game - play it.
Life is a challenge - meet it.
Life is a dream - realize it.
Life is a sacrifice - offer it.
Life is love - enjoy it.
- Sai Baba

Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
- George Washington Carver

Honor True Self
Forgive with Compassion
Receive ALL of life with Thanksgiving
CHOOSE with Thoughtful Consideration
Dream with Powerful Vision
Act with Bold Courage
Dance with a Light Heart
Relax in the Arms of Spirit
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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