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60 Inspirational William Faulkner Quotes (LIFE)

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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.”

William Faulkner
You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.Pin
You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.
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.Pin
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.
We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.Pin
We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.
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.Pin
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.
Don't do what you can do - try what you can't do.Pin
Don’t do what you can do – try what you can’t do.
Unless you're ashamed of yourself now and then, you're not honest.Pin
Unless you’re ashamed of yourself now and then, you’re not honest.
The past is never dead. It's not even past.Pin
The past is never dead. It’s not even past.
Be scared. You can't help that. But don't be afraid.Pin
Be scared. You can’t help that. But don’t be afraid.
Perhaps they were right putting love into books. Perhaps it could not live anywhere else.Pin
Perhaps they were right putting love into books. Perhaps it could not live anywhere else.

9 Inspirational William Faulkner Quotes About Life

“So, never be afraid. Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion, against injustice and lying and greed. If you, not just you in this room tonight, but in all the thousands of other rooms like this one about the world today and tomorrow and next week, will do this, not as a class or classes, but as individuals, men and women, you will change the earth.”

William Faulkner
Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.Pin
Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.
A gentleman can live through anything.Pin
A gentleman can live through anything.
Don't bother just to be better than others. Try to be better than yourself.Pin
Don’t bother just to be better than others. Try to be better than yourself.
Dreams have only one owner at a time. That's why dreamers are lonely.Pin
Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely.
Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.Pin
Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.
A gentleman accepts the responsibility of his actions and bears the burden of their consequences.Pin
A gentleman accepts the responsibility of his actions and bears the burden of their consequences.
If a story is in you, it has to come out.Pin
If a story is in you, it has to come out.
Nothing matters but breath, breathing, to know and to be alive.Pin
Nothing matters but breath, breathing, to know and to be alive.

6 William Faulkner Quotes on Love

You don’t love because you love despite; not for the virtues, but despite the faults.Pin
You don’t love because: you love despite; not for the virtues, but despite the faults.
The saddest thing about love, Joe, is that not only the love cannot last forever, but even the heartbreak is soon forgotten.Pin
The saddest thing about love, Joe, is that not only the love cannot last forever, but even the heartbreak is soon forgotten.
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.Pin
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.
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.Pin
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.
Love doesn’t die; the men and women do.Pin
Love doesn’t die; the men and women do.
Marriage is long enough to have plenty of room for time behind it.Pin
Marriage is long enough to have plenty of room for time behind it.

5 William Faulkner Quotes on Success

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.Pin
The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything good.Pin
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything good.
A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.Pin
A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.
Don’t be 'a writer.' Be writing.Pin
Don’t be ‘a writer.’ Be writing.
It’s not when you realize that nothing can help you – religion, pride, anything – it’s when you realize that you don’t need any aid.Pin
It’s not when you realize that nothing can help you – religion, pride, anything – it’s when you realize that you don’t need any aid.

7 William Faulkner Quotes on Time and Death

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.Pin
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.
Life is a process of preparing to be dead for a long time.Pin
Life is a process of preparing to be dead for a long time.
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.Pin
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.
A man is the sum of his misfortunes. One day you’d think misfortune would get tired but then time is your misfortune.Pin
A man is the sum of his misfortunes. One day you’d think misfortune would get tired but then time is your misfortune.
It takes two people to make you, and one people to die. That’s how the world is going to end.Pin
It takes two people to make you, and one people to die. That’s how the world is going to end.
People to whom sin is just a matter of words, to them salvation is just words too.Pin
People to whom sin is just a matter of words, to them salvation is just words too.
And sure enough, even waiting will end… if you can just wait long enough.Pin
And sure enough, even waiting will end… if you can just wait long enough.

13 William Faulkner Quotes that will Make You Think

“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
To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.Pin
To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.
It's all now you see: tomorrow began yesterday and yesterday won't be over until tomorrow.Pin
It’s all now you see: tomorrow began yesterday and yesterday won’t be over until tomorrow.
Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.Pin
Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.
Facts and truth really don't have much to do with each other.Pin
Facts and truth really don’t have much to do with each other.
I decline to accept the end of man.Pin
I decline to accept the end of man.
Even a liar can be scared into telling the truth, same as an honest man can be tortured into telling a lie.Pin
Even a liar can be scared into telling the truth, same as an honest man can be tortured into telling a lie.
No man can cause more grief than that one clinging blindly to the vices of his ancestors.Pin
No man can cause more grief than that one clinging blindly to the vices of his ancestors.
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.Pin
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.
How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.Pin
How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.
Most men are a little better than their circumstances give them a chance to be.Pin
Most men are a little better than their circumstances give them a chance to be.
Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly is having to accept it.Pin
Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly is having to accept it.
War and drink are the two things man is never too poor to buy.Pin
War and drink are the two things man is never too poor to buy.

10 William Faulkner Quotes on Books and Writing

Pouring out liquor is like burning books.Pin
Pouring out liquor is like burning books.
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.Pin
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.
In writing, you must kill all your darlings.Pin
In writing, you must kill all your darlings.
The only thing worth writing about is the human heart in conflict with itself.Pin
The only thing worth writing about is the human heart in conflict with itself.
Wonder. Go on and wonder.Pin
Wonder. Go on and wonder.
The best fiction is far more true than any journalism.Pin
The best fiction is far more true than any journalism.
A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid.Pin
A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid.
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.Pin
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.
It is the writer’s privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart.Pin
It is the writer’s privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart.
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.Pin
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.
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