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

You should approach Joyce's Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament: with faith.


Well, between Scotch and nothin', I suppose I'd take Scotch. It's the nearest thing to good moonshine I can find.


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.


I have found that the greatest help in meeting any problem is to know where you yourself stand. That is, to have in words what you believe and are acting from.


I'm inclined to think that a military background wouldn't hurt anyone.


There is something about jumping a horse over a fence, something that makes you feel good. Perhaps it's the risk, the gamble. In any event it's a thing I need.


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


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


Man will not merely endure; he will prevail.


Given a choice between grief and nothing, I'd choose grief.


I believe that man will not merely endure. He will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.


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.


Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency to get the book written.


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.


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