Top 100 William Faulkner Quotes in English 2020 [Unique & Fresh]



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William Faulkner Quotes in English 2020

William Faulkner Quotes in English 2020


1. 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

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

3. 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

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

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

6. Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely.
– William Faulkner

7. The reason you will not say it is, when you say it, even to yourself, you will know it is true.
– William Faulkner

8. 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

9. “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.”
? William Faulkner

10. Marriage is long enough to have plenty of room for time behind it.
– William Faulkner

11. “We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”
? William Faulkner,

12. “He had a word, too. Love, he called it. But I had been used to words for a long time. I knew that that word was like the others: just a shape to fill a lack; that when the right time came, you wouldn't need a word for that any more than for pride or fear....One day I was talking to Cora. She prayed for me because she believed I was blind to sin, wanting me to kneel and pray too, because people to whom sin is just a matter of words, to them salvation is just words too.”

13. “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.”
? William Faulkner

14. “Talk, talk, talk: the utter and heartbreaking stupidity of words.”
? William Faulkner, Mosquitoes

15. “The saddest thing about love, Joe, is that not only the love cannot last forever, but even the heartbreak is soon forgotten.”
? William Faulkner

16. “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

17. “Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.”
? William Faulkner, Light in August

18. “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
? William Faulkner

19. “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,

20. “...I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire...I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it. 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.”

21. “She was bored. She loved, had capacity to love, for love, to give and accept love. Only she tried twice and failed twice to find somebody not just strong enough to deserve it, earn it, match it, but even brave enough to accept it.”
? William Faulkner,

22. “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

23. “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

24. “You can't beat women anyhow and that if you are wise or dislike trouble and uproar you don't even try to.”
? William Faulkner

25. “I don’t know if a little music aint about the nicest thing a fellow can have.”

26. The dead air shapes the dead darkness, further away than seeing shapes the dead earth.”

27. “Sometimes I lose faith in human nature for a time; I am assailed by doubt.”

28. “The reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time.”
William Faulkner

29. “Sometimes I think it aint none of us pure crazy and aint none of us pure crazy and aint none of us pure sane until the balance of us talks him that-a-way.”

30. “Life was created in the valleys. It blew up onto the hills on the old yours, the old lusts, the old despairs. That’s why you must walk up the hills do you can ride down.”

31. “I tried to do as she would wish it. The Lord will pardon me and excuse the conduct of them He sent me.”

32. “He had a word, too. Love, he called it. But I had been used to words for a long time. I knew that that word was like the others: just a shape to fill a lack.”

33. “Now and then a fellow gets to thinking. About all the sorrow and afflictions in this world; how it’s liable to strike anywhere, like lightning.”

34. “I know my own sin. I know that I deserve my punishment. I do not begrudge it.”

35. “Cash is wet to the skin. Yet the motion of the saw has not faltered, as though it and the arm functioned in a tranquil conviction that rain was an illusion of the mind.”

36. “At first I would not go because there might be something I could do and I would not go because there might be something I could do and I would have to haul her back.”

37. “Some days in late August at home are like this, the air thin and eager like this, with something in it sad and nostalgic and familiar...”
? William Faulkner,

38. “I am the chosen of the Lord, for who He love, so doeth He chastiseth. But I be firm if He dont take some curious ways to show it, seems like.”

39. “It wasn’t on a balance. I told them that if they wanted it to tote and ride on a balance, they would have to “

40. “Most men are a little better than their circumstances give them a chance to be.”
? William Faulkner

41. “If happy I can be I will, if suffer I must I can.”
? William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!

42. “All of us have failed to match our dream of perfection. I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible. If I could write all my work again, I'm convinced I could do it better. This is the healthiest condition for an artist. That's why he keeps working, trying again: he believes each time that this time he will do it, bring it off. Of course he won't.”
? William Faulkner

43. “It takes two people to make you, and one people to die. That's how the world is going to end.”

44. “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.”

45. “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

46. “A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station….”
? William Faulkner

47. “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

48. “Then we noticed that in the second pillow was the indentation of a head. One of us lifted something from it, and leaning forward, that faint and invisible dust dry and acrid in the nostrils, we saw a long strand of iron-gray hair.”

49. “At last they could pity Miss Emily. Being left alone, and a pauper, she had become humanized. ”

50. “With nothing left, she would ... cling to that which had robbed her, as people will. ”

51. “After her father’s death she went out very little; after her sweetheart went away, people hardly saw her at all.”

52. Colonel sartoris invented an involved tale to the effect that Miss Emily’s father had loaned money to the town, which the town, as a matter of business, preferred this way of repaying.”

53. “The women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house, which no one save an old man-servant – a combined gardener and cook – had seen in at least ten years.”

54. “She told them that her father was not dead. She did that for three days, with the ministers calling on her, and the doctors, trying to persuade her to let them dispose of the body. ”

55. “Thus she passed from generation to generation—dear, inescapable, impervious, tranquil, and perverse.”

56. “So [Miss Emily] vanquished them, horse and foot, just as she had vanquished their fathers thirty years before about the smell.”

57. “She carried her head high enough—even when we believed that she was fallen.”

58. Husband and wife did not need to speak words to one another, not just from the old habit of living together but because in that one long-ago instant at least out of the long and shabby stretch of their human lives, even though they knew at the time it wouldn't and couldn't last, they had touched and become as God when they voluntarily and in advance forgave one another for all that each knew the other could never be.

59. “Then the newer generation became the backbone and the spirit of the town, and the painting pupils grew up and fell away and did not send their children to her with boxes of color and tedious brushes and pictures cut from the ladies’ magazines.”

60. “Only a man of Colonel Sartoris’ generation and thought could have invented it, and only a woman could have believed it.”

61. A man. All men. He will pass up a hundred chances to do good for one chance to meddle where meddling is not wanted. He will overlook and fail to see chances, opportunities, for riches and fame and welldoing, and even sometimes for evil. But he won't fail to see a chance to meddle.

62. They say that it is the practiced liar who can deceive. But so often the practiced and chronic liar deceives only himself; it is the man who all his life has been selfconvicted of veracity whose lies find quickest credence.

63. An artist is a creature driven by demons. He don’t know why they choose him and he’s usually too busy to wonder why. He is completely amoral in that he will rob, borrow, beg, or steal from anybody and everybody to get the work done.

64. The reason I don't like interviews is that I seem to react violently to personal questions. If the questions are about the work, I try to answer them. When they are about me, I may answer or I may not, but even if I do, if the same question is asked tomorrow, the answer may be different.

65. “From that time on her front door remained closed, save for a period of six or seven years, when she was about forty, during which she gave lessons in china-painting.”

66. 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.

67. You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.

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

69. People everywhere are about the same, but ... it did seem that in a small town, where evil is harder to accomplish, where opportunities for privacy are scarcer, that people can invent more of it in other people's names. Because that was all it required: that idea, that single idle word blown from mind to mind.

70. 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.

71. Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.

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

73. 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.

74. Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.

75. 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.

76. A man is the sum of his misfortunes. One day you'd think misfortune would get tired but then time is your misfortune.

77. A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

78. 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.

79. 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.

80. 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.

81. 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.

82. 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.

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

84. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is to write about these things.

85. 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.

86. Man knows so little about his fellows. In his eyes all men or women act upon what he believes would motivate him if he were mad enough to do what that other man or woman is doing.

87. 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.

88. When you have plenty of good strong hating you don’t need hope because the hating will be enough to nourish you.

89. Between what did happen and what ought to happened, I dont never have trouble picking ought.

90. There is no such thing as memory: the brain recalls just what the muscles grope for: no more, no less: and its resultant sum is usually incorrect and false and worthy only of the name of dream.

91. 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.
 
92. We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.

93. 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.

94. A man is the sum of his misfortunes. One day you’d think misfortune would get tired, but then time is your misfortune.

95. One of the saddest things is that the only thing that a man can do for eight hours a day, day after day, is work. You can’t eat eight hours a day nor drink for eight hours a day nor make love for eight hours — all you can do for eight hours is work.

96. 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.

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

98. Time is a fluid condition which has no existence except in the momentary avatars of individual people. There is no such thing as was — only is.

99. 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.

100. When grown people speak of the innocence of children, they dont really know what they mean.


1.
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

2.
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

3.
Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly is having to accept it.
– William Faulkner

4.
Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.
– William Faulkner

5.
Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.
– William Faulkner

6.
War and drink are the two things man is never too poor to buy.
– William Faulkner

7.
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

8.
I am not one of those women who can stand things.
– William Faulkner

9.
Marriage is long enough to have plenty of room for time behind it.
– William Faulkner

10.
The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
– William Faulkner

11.
Making or getting money is a kind of game where there are not any rules at all.
– William Faulkner

12.
I say money has no value; it’s just the way you spend it.
– William Faulkner

13.
She was the captain of her soul.
– William Faulkner

14.
Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely.
– William Faulkner

15.
The reason you will not say it is, when you say it, even to yourself, you will know it is true.
– William Faulkner

16.
We have to start teaching ourselves not to be afraid.
– William Faulkner

17.
Writing is one-third imagination, one-third experience, and one-third observation.
– William Faulkner

18.
The tools I need for my work are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey.
-William Faulkner

19.
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

20.
Most men are a little better than their circumstances give them a chance to be.
– William Faulkner

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