William Faulkner Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old William Faulkner quotes, William Faulkner sayings, and William Faulkner proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The salvation of the world is in man's suffering. William Faulkner
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
The writer has three sources: imagination, observation, and experience. William Faulkner
I've got to feel the pencil and see the words at the end of the pencil. William Faulkner
You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore. William Faulkner
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
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 Faulkner
When I have one martini, I feel bigger, wiser, taller. When I have a second, I feel superlative. When I have more, there's no holding me. William Faulkner
A man is the sum of his misfortunes. One day you'd think misfortune would get tired but then time is your misfortune. William Faulkner
He had a word, too. love, he called it. But I had been used to words for a long time. I knew that that word was like the others: just a shape to fill a lack... William Faulkner
You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore. William Faulkner
Memory believes before knowing remembers. William Faulkner
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
You don’t love because: you love despite; not for the virtues, but despite the faults. William Faulkner
The saddest thing about love is that not only that it cannot last forever, but that heartbreak is soon forgotten. William Faulkner
How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home. William Faulkner
Summertime, and the living is easy. William Faulkner
At first glance the tree seemed alive with frantic squirrels. There appeared to be forty or fifty of them leaping and darting from branch to branch until the whole tree had become one green maelstrom of mad leaves. William Faulkner
My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky. William Faulkner
The past is never dead, it is not even past. William Faulkner
I'm inclined to think that a military background wouldn't hurt anyone. William Faulkner
You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. William Faulkner
The past is never dead, it is not even past. William Faulkner
You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. William Faulkner
Don't bother just to be better than others. Try to be better than yourself. William Faulkner
Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. William Faulkner
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. William Faulkner
I decline to accept the end of man... I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. William Faulkner