William Faulkner Quotes

William Faulkner a famous American writer. He has influenced many writers and novelists with his work.

In addition, Faulkner has a profound influence on Latin American fiction. He has written many novels, screenplays, poems, and short stories in his lifetime.

William Faulkner has also received the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature (See Other Nobel Peace Prize Winner) and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Today he is known for some of his best novels like The Sound and the Fury , As I Lay Dying and Sanctuary.

William Faulkner

Faulkner’s writing is considered too hard. Because he used long cents and complex subordinate in his handwriting. His writing style was rich and brilliant baroque.

His writing had a lot of emotionality and fragility. In addition, he is considered one of the most celebrated writers in American literary history.

If we talk about his life, William Faulkner was born on 25 September 1897 in New Albany City, United States.

His full name is William Cuthbert Faulkner. His father Murry Cuthbert Falkner ran his family-owned company Gulf & Chicago Railroad Company.

And his mother’s name was Maud Butler. His mother Maud and his grandmother Lelia Butler were responsible for Faulkner’s artistic imagination development.

Young William Faulkner
Young William Faulkner (Image From Twitter.com)

Since childhood, his mother and grandmother taught him about avid readers, painters and photographers in visual language.

Faulkner was quite smart as a child. He would learn everything much faster than other children in school. He always got the first grade in school.

But after some time he started playing hooky along with his studies. And because of this, his attention in studies started to decrease.

His performance in school started decreasing. Instead of first grade, he got an eleventh and twelfth grade in school. He didn’t even finish high school graduation.

When he was 17 years old he met Phil Stone. Stone was 4 years her senior. He did his studies at oxford.

William Faulkner's "Underwood" Universal Portable typewriter
William Faulkner’s “Underwood” Universal Portable typewriter (Image From flickr.com)

Phil Stone guided Faulkner to become a writer. He introduced Faulkner to many writers such as James Joyce. And helped improve his writing.

Following Stone’s guidance, Faulkner joined North American Greek-letter social college Sigma Alpha Epsilon to become a professional writer.

Apart from this, Faulkner started writing poetry in his early teens. Although Faulkner is particularly known for his novels, but he did not write a single novel until 1925.

He wrote his first novel in 1927. It was a fictional novel named Flags in the Dust. If we see, he was the most active between the 1920s and 1930s. During this time he published many of his works.

William Faulkner
William Faulkner In 1954 (Photo By Carl Van Vechten From Wikipedia)

During this time he published several best novels like As I Lay Dying, Light in August, Absalom, Absalom !, A Fable and The Sound and the Fury.

Out of this, he received the Pulitzer Prize for A Fable and The Reivers. And his novel The Sound and the Fury was ranked 6th among the 100 best English-language novels in 1998.

William Faulkner’s literature has been very deep and detailed. He has also influenced many famous novelists. For this reason, he was also awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1949.

This great writer, novelist and poet passed away on July 6, 1962. On June 17, 1962, he fell while riding a horse. Due to this injury, he got thrombosis. And he died of a heart attack on July 6, 1962 at the age of 64.

William Faulkner Quotes :

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“Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries. Try to be better than yourself.” – William Faulkner Quotes (Image Source: hindustantimes.com)

“Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it.” – William Faulkner

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed.” – William Faulkner

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” – William Faulkner

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

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“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.” – William Faulkner Quotes (Image Source: npr.org)

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” – William Faulkner

“Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.” – William Faulkner

“Victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.” – William Faulkner

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

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”War and drink are the two things man is never too poor to buy.” – William Faulkner Quotes (Image By Eric Schaal – Time LIfe – Getty Images)

”Pouring out liquor is like burning books.” – William Faulkner

”It takes two-person to make you, and one person to die. That’s how the world is going to end.” – William Faulkner

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

”Most men are a little better than their circumstances give them a chance to be.” – William Faulkner

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”Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything good.” – William Faulkner Quotes (Image Source: britannica.com)

”The best fiction is far more true than any journalism.” – William Faulkner

”I never know what I think about something until I read what I’ve written on it.” – William Faulkner

”Memory believes before knowing remembers.” – William Faulkner

”A gentleman accepts the responsibility for his actions and bears the burden of their consequences.” – William Faulkner

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”History is not was, it is.” – William Faulkner Quotes (Image Source: biography.com)

”Dear God, let me be damned a little longer, a little while.” – William Faulkner

”A dream is not a very safe thing to be near. It’s like a loaded pistol with a hair-trigger: if it stays alive long enough, somebody is going to be hurt. But if it’s a good dream, it’s worth it.” – William Faulkner

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

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

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”Civilization begins with distillation.” – William Faulkner Quotes (Photo by John Cofield)

”We have to start teaching ourselves not to be afraid.” – William Faulkner

”In a strange room, you must empty yourself for sleep. And before you are emptied for sleep, what are you.” – William Faulkner

”The good artist believes that nobody is good enough to give him advice.” – William Faulkner

”War is an episode, a crisis, a fever the purpose of which is to rid the body of fever. So the purpose of war is to end the war.” – William Faulkner

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“Truth is one. It doesn’t change. It covers all things which touch the heart.” – William Faulkner Quotes (Image By Henri Cartier-Bresson – Magnum Photos)

“It is easy enough to say that man is immortal simply because he will endure.” – William Faulkner

”Knowing not grieving remembers a thousand savage and lonely streets.” – William Faulkner

“All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the base of our splendid failure to do the impossible.” – William Faulkner

”How false the most profound book turns out to be when applied to life.” – William Faulkner

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“Being good is about the easiest thing in the world for a lazy man.” – William Faulkner Quotes (Image Source: smithsonianmag.com)

“Idleness breeds our better virtues.” – William Faulkner

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

”Let the past abolish the past.” – William Faulkner

”Bad health is the primary reason for all life. Created by disease, within putrefaction, into decay.” – William Faulkner

“Being good is about the easiest thing in the world for a lazy man.” – William Faulkner

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”Don’t do what you can do – try what you can’t do.” – William Faulkner Quotes (Image Source: thefamouspeople.com)

”Victory without God is mockery and delusion, but…defeat with God is not defeated.” – William Faulkner

”Facts and truth really don’t have much to do with each other.” – William Faulkner

”Your outside is just what you live in, sleep in, and has little connection with who you are and even less with what you do.” – William Faulkner

”I don’t know what I am. I don’t know if I am or not.” – William Faulkner

”Life wasn’t made to be easy on folks: they wouldn’t ever have any reason to be good and die.” – William Faulkner

William Faulkner Quotes on Time :

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“Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely.” – William Faulkner Quotes (Image Source: youtube.com)

“The next time you try to seduce anyone, don’t do it with talk, with words.” – William Faulkner

“Marriage is long enough to have plenty of room for time behind it.” – William Faulkner

“If you could just ravel out into time. That would be nice. It would be nice if you could just ravel out into time.” – William Faulkner

“The reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time.” – William Faulkner

William Faulkner Quotes on Love :

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

“Love doesn’t die; the men and women do.” – William Faulkner

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