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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."

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




William Faulkner Quotes: "Fear is the most damnable damaging thing to human personality in the whole world."

Fear is the most damnable damaging thing to human personality in the whole world.



William Faulkner Quotes: "Ab figured that the chance of his recognising it would be about the same as a burglar recognising a dollar watch that happened to get caught for a minute on his vest button five years ago"

Ab figured that the chance of his recognising it would be about the same as a burglar recognising a dollar watch that happened to get caught for a minute on his vest button five years ago



William Faulkner Quotes: "Menfolks listens to somebody because of what he says. Women don't. They don't care what he said. They listens because of what he is."

Menfolks listens to somebody because of what he says. Women don't. They don't care what he said. They listens because of what he is.




William Faulkner Quotes: "Unless you're ashamed of yourself now and then, you're not honest"

Unless you're ashamed of yourself now and then, you're not honest



William Faulkner Quotes: "I can't do nothing. Just put it off. And that don't do no good. I reckon it belong to me. I reckon what I going to get ain't no more than mine."

I can't do nothing. Just put it off. And that don't do no good. I reckon it belong to me. I reckon what I going to get ain't no more than mine.



William Faulkner Quotes: "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 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.




William Faulkner Quotes: "The Swiss are not a people so much as a neat clean quite solvent business."

The Swiss are not a people so much as a neat clean quite solvent business.



William Faulkner Quotes: "I will never lie again."

I will never lie again.



William Faulkner Quotes: "It's always the idle habits you acquire which you will regret. Father said that. That Christ was not crucified: he was worn away by a minute clicking of little wheels. That had no sister."

It's always the idle habits you acquire which you will regret. Father said that. That Christ was not crucified: he was worn away by a minute clicking of little wheels. That had no sister.



William Faulkner Quotes: "ingenuity was apparently given man in order that he may supply himself in crises with shapes and sounds with which to guard himself from truth."

ingenuity was apparently given man in order that he may supply himself in crises with shapes and sounds with which to guard himself from truth.



William Faulkner Quotes: "If happy I can be I will, if suffer I must I can."

If happy I can be I will, if suffer I must I can.




William Faulkner Quotes: "One of the saddest things is the only thing a man can do for 8 hours a day day after day is work. You can't eat 8 hours a day nor drink for 8 hours a day nor make love for 8 hours."

One of the saddest things is the only thing a man can do for 8 hours a day day after day is work. You can't eat 8 hours a day nor drink for 8 hours a day nor make love for 8 hours.



William Faulkner Quotes: "I am the chosen of the Lord, for who He loveth, so doeth He chastiseth. But I be durn if He dont take some curious ways to show it, seems like."

I am the chosen of the Lord, for who He loveth, so doeth He chastiseth. But I be durn if He dont take some curious ways to show it, seems like.



William Faulkner Quotes: "You don't dare think whole even to yourself the entirety of a dear hope or wish let alone a desperate one else you yourself have doomed it."

You don't dare think whole even to yourself the entirety of a dear hope or wish let alone a desperate one else you yourself have doomed it.



William Faulkner Quotes: "When my horse is running good, I don't stop to give him sugar."

When my horse is running good, I don't stop to give him sugar.



William Faulkner Quotes: "Stars were golden unicorns neighing unheard through blue meadows."

Stars were golden unicorns neighing unheard through blue meadows.



William Faulkner Quotes: "When it's a matter of not-do, I reckon a man can trust himself for advice. But when it comes to a matter of doing, I reckon a fellow had better listen to all the advice he can get."

When it's a matter of not-do, I reckon a man can trust himself for advice. But when it comes to a matter of doing, I reckon a fellow had better listen to all the advice he can get.



William Faulkner Quotes: "And even a liar can be scared into telling the truth, same as honest man can be tortured into telling a lie."

And even a liar can be scared into telling the truth, same as honest man can be tortured into telling a lie.



William Faulkner Quotes: "Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything good."

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



William Faulkner Quotes: "Wanton stars galloped neighing like unicorns in blue meadows."

Wanton stars galloped neighing like unicorns in blue meadows.



William Faulkner Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Who owned no property and never desired to since the earth was no man's but all men's, as light and air and weather were."

Who owned no property and never desired to since the earth was no man's but all men's, as light and air and weather were.



William Faulkner Quotes: "Men have been pacifists for every reason under the sun except to avoid danger and fighting."

Men have been pacifists for every reason under the sun except to avoid danger and fighting.



William Faulkner Quotes: "A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid."

A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid.



William Faulkner Quotes: "Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders."

Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.



William Faulkner Quotes: "The past is never dead-it is not even past."

The past is never dead-it is not even past.



William Faulkner Quotes: "I could just remember how my father used to say that the reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time."

I could just remember how my father used to say that the reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time.



William Faulkner Quotes: "And when a man that old takes up money-hunting, it's like when he takes up gambling or whisky or women. He aint going to have time to quit."

And when a man that old takes up money-hunting, it's like when he takes up gambling or whisky or women. He aint going to have time to quit.



William Faulkner Quotes: "Too much happens ... Man performs engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That's how he finds that he can bear anything."

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



William Faulkner Quotes: "Talk, talk, talk: the utter and heartbreaking stupidity of words."

Talk, talk, talk: the utter and heartbreaking stupidity of words.



William Faulkner Quotes: "The displacement of water is equal to the something of something."

The displacement of water is equal to the something of something.



William Faulkner Quotes: "What matters is at the end of life, when you're about to pass into oblivion, that you've at least scratched 'Kilroy was here, ' on the last wall of the universe."

What matters is at the end of life, when you're about to pass into oblivion, that you've at least scratched 'Kilroy was here, ' on the last wall of the universe.



William Faulkner Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "I know now that what makes a fool is an inability to take even his own good advice."

I know now that what makes a fool is an inability to take even his own good advice.



William Faulkner Quotes: "War and drink are the two things man is never too poor to buy."

War and drink are the two things man is never too poor to buy.



William Faulkner Quotes: "Women do have an affinity for evil, for believing that no woman is to be trusted, but that some men are too innocent to protect themselves."

Women do have an affinity for evil, for believing that no woman is to be trusted, but that some men are too innocent to protect themselves.



William Faulkner Quotes: "Time is a fluid condition which has no existence except in the momentary avatars of individual people."

Time is a fluid condition which has no existence except in the momentary avatars of individual people.



William Faulkner Quotes: "So long as the deceit ran along quiet and monotonous, all of us let ourselves be deceived, abetting it unawares or maybe through cowardice..."

So long as the deceit ran along quiet and monotonous, all of us let ourselves be deceived, abetting it unawares or maybe through cowardice...



William Faulkner Quotes: "Memory believes before knowing remembers.[Light in August]"

Memory believes before knowing remembers.[Light in August]



William Faulkner Quotes: "Though children can accept adults as adults, adults can never accept children as anything but adults too."

Though children can accept adults as adults, adults can never accept children as anything but adults too.



William Faulkner Quotes: "Facts and truth really don’t have much to do with each other."

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



William Faulkner Quotes: "If a story is in you, it has to come out."

If a story is in you, it has to come out.



William Faulkner Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Women know more about words than men ever will. And they know how little they can ever possibly mean."

Women know more about words than men ever will. And they know how little they can ever possibly mean.



William Faulkner Quotes: "Marriage is long enough to have plenty of room for time behind it."

Marriage is long enough to have plenty of room for time behind it.



William Faulkner Quotes: "It's not when you realise that nothing can help you - religion, pride, anything - it's when you realise that you don't need any aid."

It's not when you realise that nothing can help you - religion, pride, anything - it's when you realise that you don't need any aid.



William Faulkner Quotes: "And so sometimes I would think how the devil had conquered God."

And so sometimes I would think how the devil had conquered God.



William Faulkner Quotes: "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."

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.