Quotes by William Faulkner

A gentleman can live through anything.
– William Faulkner
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.
– William Faulkner
A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.
– William Faulkner
A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we callwhat he writes fiction.
– William Faulkner
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.
– William Faulkner
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.
– William Faulkner
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.
– William Faulkner
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.
– William Faulkner
Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency to get the book written.
– William Faulkner
Facts and truth really don't have much to do with each other.
– William Faulkner
Given a choice between grief and nothing, I'd choose grief.
– William Faulkner
Hollywood is a place where a man can get stabbed in the back while climbing a ladder.
– William Faulkner
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.
– William Faulkner
I decline to accept the end of man.
– William Faulkner
I love Virginians because Virginians are all snobs and I like snobs. A snob has to spend so much time being a snob that he has little time left to meddle with you.
– William Faulkner
I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it.
– William Faulkner
I'm inclined to think that a military background wouldn't hurt anyone.
– William Faulkner
If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate: The Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies.
– William Faulkner
If I had not existed, someone else would have written me, Hemingway, Dostoevski, all of us.
– William Faulkner
It is my aim, and every effort bent, that the sum and history of my life, which in the same sentence is my obit and epitaph too, shall be them both: He made the books and he died.
– William Faulkner