144 Total Quotes

William Faulkner Quotes

Unless you're ashamed of yourself now and then, you're not honest.
William Faulkner
#American Novelist

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
#American Novelist

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
#Man

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
#Mother

The writer in America isn't part of the culture of this country. He's like a fine dog. People like him around, but he's of no use. . . .
William Faulkner
#America

Home again, his native land; he was born of it and his bones will sleep in it . . .
William Faulkner
#Home

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

A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction.
William Faulkner
#Fiction

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.
William Faulkner
#Electricity

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.
William Faulkner
#American Novelist #Art

No man can cause more grief than that one clinging blindly to the vices of his ancestors.
William Faulkner
#Grief

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
#American Novelist #Conscience

He was one of the nicest old ladies I ever met
William Faulkner
#Ladies

I'm a failed poet. Maybe every novelist wants to write poetry first, finds he can't and then tries the short story which is the most demanding form after poetry. And failing at that, only then does he take up novel writing.
William Faulkner
#Poetry

In my time I have seen truth that was anything under the sun but just, and I have seen justice using tools and instruments I wouldn't want to touch with a 10-foot fence rail.
William Faulkner
#Justice

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
#Experience

How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.
William Faulkner
#Home

The young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat.
William Faulkner
#Conflict

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
William Faulkner
#Equality

My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.
William Faulkner
#American Novelist #Experience

This is a free country. Folks have a right to send me letters, and I have a right not to read them.
William Faulkner
#American Novelist #Country

A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.
William Faulkner
#American Novelist #Labor

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
#American Novelist

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
#American Novelist

. . . and that sin and love and fear are just sounds that people who never sinned nor loved nor feared have for what they never had and cannot have until they forgot the words . . .
William Faulkner
#Fear