Inspirational William Faulkner Quotes

William Faulkner (September 25, 1897 – July 6, 1962) was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate. Below is a list of some inspirational William Faulkner Quotes.

William Faulkner Quotes
William Faulkner Quotes

William Faulkner Quotes

“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

“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.”
― William Faulkner

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

“Pouring out liquor is like burning books.”
― William Faulkner

“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
― William Faulkner

“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
― William Faulkner

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”
― William Faulkner

“It’s not when you realize that nothing can help you – religion, pride, anything – it’s when you realize that you don’t need any aid.”
― William Faulkner

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

“Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely.”
― William Faulkner

“In writing, you must kill all your darlings.”
― William Faulkner

“War and drink are the two things man is never too poor to buy.”
― William Faulkner

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

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

“Memory believes before knowing remembers.”
― William Faulkner

“Perhaps they were right putting love into books. Perhaps it could not live anywhere else.”
― William Faulkner

“How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.”
― William Faulkner

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

“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
― William Faulkner

“If happy I can be I will, if suffer I must I can.”
― William Faulkner

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

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

“I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth.”
― William Faulkner

“A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.”
― William Faulkner

“Wonder. Go on and wonder.”
― William Faulkner

“Once a bitch always a bitch, what I say.”
― William Faulkner

“I’m bad and I’m going to hell, and I don’t care. I’d rather be in hell than anywhere where you are.”
― William Faulkner

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

“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything good.”
― 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

“A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.”
― William Faulkner

“Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.”
― William Faulkner

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

“A man is the sum of his misfortunes. One day you’d think misfortune would get tired but then time is your misfortune.”
― William Faulkner

“You can’t beat women anyhow and that if you are wise or dislike trouble and uproar you don’t even try to.”
― William Faulkner

“Talk, talk, talk: the utter and heartbreaking stupidity of words.”
― William Faulkner quotes

“The saddest thing about love, Joe, is that not only the love cannot last forever, but even the heartbreak is soon forgotten.”
― William Faulkner

“The only thing worth writing about is the human heart in conflict with itself.”
― William Faulkner

“If a story is in you, it has to come out.”
― William Faulkner

“Don’t be ‘a writer’. Be writing.”
― William Faulkner

“The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past.”
― William Faulkner

“The next time you try to seduce anyone, don’t do it with talk, with words. Women know more about words than men ever will. And they know how little they can ever possibly mean.”
― William Faulkner

“Some days in late August at home are like this, the air thin and eager like this, with something in it sad and nostalgic and familiar.”
― William Faulkner

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

“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.”
― William Faulkner

“She was bored. She loved, had capacity to love, for love, to give and accept love. Only she tried twice and failed twice to find somebody not just strong enough to deserve it, earn it, match it, but even brave enough to accept it.”
― William Faulkner

“The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.”
― William Faulkner

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  1. My favorite is about the books and liquor, although I don’t really drink. I prefer tea!

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