Faulkner Quotes

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

William Faulkner
“Everyone in the South has no time for reading because they are all too busy writing.”
William Faulkner

William Faulkner
“Civilization begins with distillation”
William Faulkner

William Faulkner
“Caddy put her arms around me, and her shining veil, and I couldn't smell trees anymore and I began to cry.”
William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

Arinn Dembo
“If you're going to be a narcissistic schmuck, kid, don't bother studying Faulkner. Go straight to Brett Easton Ellis. He's the role model you need.”
Arinn Dembo

Theodore Roethke
“My father is a fish.”
Theodore Roethke, Words for the Wind: The Collected Verse

William Faulkner
“Victory without God is mockery and delusion, but...defeat with God is not defeat.”
William Faulkner, The Unvanquished

John Grisham
“Do you read them? Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald?"
"Only if I have to. I try to avoid old dead white men.”
John Grisham, Camino Island

Kelli Jae Baeli
“Faulkner had an egg carton filled with periods and throughout his writing career, used nearly all of them.”
Kelli Jae Baeli, Don't Fall in Love With Your Words: Fall in Love With Your Craft

William Faulkner
“I am not religious, I reckon. But peace is in my heart: I know it is.”
William Faulkner

William Faulkner
“That was when I learned that words are no good; that words dont ever fit even what they are trying to say at.”
William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

William Faulkner
“the listening part is afraid that there may not be time to say it". Dewey Dell - As I Lay Dying.”
William Faulkner

William Faulkner
“Amid the pointing and the horror, the clean flame.”
William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

William Faulkner
“El lenguaje es como la morfina.”
William Faulkner

William Faulkner
“Quién pagaría una buena cantidad por una virginidad que no puede violar más tarde, aunque solo fuera para asegurarse de que era auténtica?”
William Faulkner

William Faulkner
“Amid the pointing and the horror the clean flame.”
William Faulkner

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 crucifixion of themselves and one another? he thinks.”
William Faulkner

William Faulkner
“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.”
William Faulkner

C.G. Faulkner
“I think the best way I can put it,” Tom summarized, “was what I was once told that a Confederate prisoner said to his Union captor. The Yank said: ‘Why do you fight us so hard, Reb?’, and his prisoner replied: ‘Because you are here, Yank’.”
C.G. Faulkner, Unreconstructed

“Not every artist has to make a living making art. Millions of people who play guitar would do well to keep their day jobs. Plenty of people make incredible art "on the side". William Faulkner wasn't any less of an artist for writing As I lay Dying on the back of a wheelbarrow during breaks in his job shoveling coal for the electric company.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators

William Faulkner
“When folks wants a fellow, it's best to wait till they sends for him, I've found.”
William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

Kay Boyle
“Collecting statistics at camp Zachary Taylor after the armistice [WW1 1918], I found that out of two hundred and fifty men from Kentucky and Tennessee, ninety were completely illiterate, several were actual imbeciles, two had syphilitic rheumatism; and any number had married at childhood ages, from twelve - the youngest - to seventeen. They had married girls from nine - the youngest - to fourteen. So I am ready to believe that the Faulkner and Caldwell depictions of ingrown sections of the country are based upon actual conditions....”
Kay Boyle, Being Geniuses Together, 1920 1930

“William Faulkner said more asinine things than any other major American writer.”
Mailer

William Faulkner
“I guess maybe a talking man hasn't got the time to ever learn much about anything except words.”
William Faulkner, Collected Stories

William Faulkner
“We can invest trifles with a tragic profundity, which is the world.”
William Faulkner, Collected Stories

William Faulkner
“Sometimes I think aint none of us pure crazy and aint none of us pure sane until the balance of us talks him that-a-way.”
William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

William Faulkner
“It used to be a gentleman was known by his books; nowadays he is known by the ones he has not returned.”
William Faulkner, The Sound and The Fury / As I Lay Dying

“Чтобы родить тебя, нужны двое, а чтобы умереть — один. Вот как кончится мир.”
Уильям Фолкнер, As I Lay Dying

Josef Škvorecký
“Faulkner once said that all novels are shipwrecks. Derelicts. and he was right. There is something that falls short of perfection in every book, without exception, something influenced by the age, even something ridiculous; just like everyone without exception, has weaknesses and is trapped in his age and environment, and may even be ridiculous. But if he is an honourable man and if it is an honourable book, no one has the right to ridicule it or heap contempt upon it. Genuine lovers of literature will instead feel sorry that the author was not up to some things, and will look for the remains of the golden treasure in that shipwreck on the bottom of the sea of criticism. Such treasure is there, far more often than the snobs know, or are prepared to admit.”
Josef Škvorecký, The Engineer of Human Souls