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William Faulkner Quotes

(1897-1962), American Novelist

When my horse is running good, I don't stop to give him sugar.

Category: Ability

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

Category: Action

People between twenty and forty are not sympathetic. The child has the capacity to do but it can't know. It only knows when it is no longer able to do --after forty. Between twenty and forty the will of the child to do gets stronger, more dangerous, but it has not begun to learn to know yet. Since his capacity to do is forced into channels of evil through environment and pressures, man is strong before he is moral. The world's anguish is caused by people between twenty and forty.

Category: Age And Aging

If we Americans are to survive it will have to be because we choose and elect and defend to be first of all Americans; to present to the world one homogeneous and unbroken front, whether of white Americans or black ones or purple or blue or green. If we in America have reached that point in our desperate culture when we must murder children, no matter for what reason or what color, we don't deserve to survive, and probably won t.

Category: America

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.

Category: Arts And Artists

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. Since man is mortal, the only immortality possible for him is to leave something behind him that is immortal since it will always move. This is the artist's way of scribbling ''Kilroy was here'' on the wall of the final and irrevocable oblivion through which he must someday pass.

Category: Arts And Artists

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

Category: Books And Reading

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 is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window.

Category: Books And Reading

No one is without Christianity, if we agree on what we mean by that word. It is every individual's individual code of behavior by means of which he makes himself a better human being than his nature wants to be, if he followed his nature only. Whatever its symbol -- cross or crescent or whatever -- that symbol is man's reminder of his duty inside the human race.

Category: Christians And Christianity

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.

Category: Conscience

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.

Category: Critics And Criticism

The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.

Category: Dreams

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

Category: Facts

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.

Category: Failure

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

Category: Gratitude