William Faulkner Quotes – Author of The Sound and the Fury

We have curated a list of the best William Faulkner Quotes. Let’s get a look at the list of quotes.

William Faulkner Quotes - Author of The Sound and the Fury

William Cuthbert Faulkner was an American author who is best known for his novels and short stories. He was one of the most celebrated writers of American literature and is widely considered one of the best writers of Southern literature. 

In this article, we are going to mention some of the best quotes by William Faulkner

List of Best Quotes from William Faulkner

1. “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.

― William Faulkner

2. “Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”

― William Faulkner

3. “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

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

― William Faulkner

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

― William Faulkner

6. “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

― William Faulkner

7. “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

8. “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

9. “…I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire…I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it. 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

10. “In writing, you must kill all your darlings.”

― William Faulkner

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

― William Faulkner

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

― William Faulkner

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

― William Faulkner

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

― William Faulkner

15. “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

16. “Don’t be ‘a writer’. Be writing.”

― William Faulkner

17. “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

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

― William Faulkner

19. “I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth.”

― William Faulkner

20. “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

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

― William Faulkner

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

― William Faulkner

23. “Wonder. Go on and wonder.”

― William Faulkner

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

― William Faulkner

25. “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

26. “Once a bitch always a bitch, what I say.”

― William Faulkner

27. “Pouring out liquor is like burning books.”

― William Faulkner

28. “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

29. “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

30. “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

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