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William Faulkner
September 25, 1897 - July 6, 1962
Nationality: American
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: American Novelist

A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.


The salvation of the world is in man's suffering.


Tomorrow night is nothing but one long sleepless wrestle with yesterday's omissions and regrets.


The scattered tea goes with the leaves and every day a sunset dies.


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.


The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next.


Hollywood is a place where a man can get stabbed in the back while climbing a ladder.


My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.


The best job that was ever offered to me was to become a landlord in a brothel. In my opinion it's the perfect milieu for an artist to work in.


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


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


I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth.


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


A gentleman can live through anything.


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.


Pointless... like giving caviar to an elephant.


I would say that music is the easiest means in which to express, but since words are my talent, I must try to express clumsily in words what the pure music would have done better.


I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it.


Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That's how he finds that he can bear anything.


The past is never dead. It's not even past.


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