William Faulkner Quotes

American writer and Nobel Prize laureate

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

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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.
– William Faulkner

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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

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

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You don’t love because: you love despite; not for the virtues, but despite the faults.
– William Faulkner

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

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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

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Unless you’re ashamed of yourself now and then, you’re not honest.
– William Faulkner

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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.
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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.
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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

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

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

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

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Between grief and nothing, I will take grief.
– William Faulkner

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

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She loved him not only in spite of but because he himself was incapable of love.
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I am not one of those women who can stand things.
– William Faulkner

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