All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.
"William Cuthbert Faulkner" was an American literature/American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner wrote novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays and screenplays. He is primarily known for his novels and short stories set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, based on Lafayette County, Mississippi, where he spent most of his life.
Faulkner is one of the most celebrated writers in American literature generally and Southern literature specifically. Though his work was published as early as 1919, and largely during the 1920s and 1930s, Faulkner was relatively unknown until receiving the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature. Two of his works, A Fable (1954) and his last novel The Reivers (1962), won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked his 1929 novel The Sound and the Fury sixth on its list of the Modern Library 100 Best Novels/100 best English-language novels of the 20th century; also on the list were As I Lay Dying (novel)/As I Lay Dying (1930) and Light in August (1932). Absalom, Absalom! (1936) is often included on similar lists.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous novelists! More William Faulkner on Wikipedia.
Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.
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.
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.
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.
Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.
The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.
The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past.
Henry James was one of the nicest old ladies I ever met.
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.
I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth.
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.
If I were reincarnated, I'd want to come back a buzzard. Nothing hates him or envies him or wants him or needs him. He is never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything.
Pointless. . . . Like giving caviar to an elephant.
I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it.
The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.
Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
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. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window.
Time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.