William Faulkner Quotes (119 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.... That's what's so terrible.”
Light in August (1932), Chapter 13
“Really the writer doesn't want success.... He knows he has a short span of life, that the day will come when he must pass through the wall of oblivion, and he wants to leave a scratch on that wall—Kilroy was here—that somebody a hundred, or a thousand years later will see.”
As quoted in: Faulkner in the University, ed. Frederick L. Gwynn and Joseph L. Blotner (1959)
Absalom, Absalom! (1936), Chapter 9
“Truth — that long clean clear simple undeviable unchallengeable straight and shining line, on one side of which black is black and on the other white is white, has now become an angle, a point of view.”
Essays, speeches & public letters by William Faulkner, edited by James B. Meriwether (New York, Random House, 1965), p. 72
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsWilliam Faulkner
Born: September 25, 1897
Died: July 6, 1962 (aged 64)
Bio: William Cuthbert Faulkner was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner worked in a variety of media; he wrote novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays and screenplays during his career.
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