William Faulkner Quote
“A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.”
Flags in the Dust (1927). Originally, in this sentence, Faulkner referred to the mule as 'he': "It is a known fact that he will labor ten years..."
“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.”
Paris Review interview (1958)
Attributed to Faulkner by Willie Morris in: New York Times Book Review, 1996
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.