Best William Faulkner Quotes I Wish I Had Read

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William Faulkner Quotes

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

 

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 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Be scared. You can’t help that. But don’t be afraid.

 

Don’t bother just to be better than others. Try to be better than yourself. 

 

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

 

To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.

 

Life is a process of preparing to be dead for a long time.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

At one time I thought the most important thing was talent. I think now that the young man must possess or teach himself, training himself, in infinite patience, which is to try and to try until it comes right. He must train himself in ruthless intolerance-that is to throw away anything that is false no matter how much he might love that page or that paragraph. The most important thing is insight, that is to be-curiosity-to wonder, to mull, and to muse why it is that man does what he does, and if you have that, then I don’t think the talent makes much difference, whether you’ve got it or not.

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.

 

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.

 

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.

 

A gentleman accepts the responsibility of his actions and bears the burden of their consequences.

 

There is no such thing as bad whiskey. Some whiskeys just happen to be better than others. But a man shouldn’t fool with booze until he’s fifty; then he’s a damn fool if he doesn’t.

 

Our most treasured family heirloom are our sweet family memories. 

 

The past is never dead, it is not even past.

 

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

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