The Greatest Quotes By William Faulkner

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

    - William Faulkner

  2. ...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.

    - William Faulkner

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

    - William Faulkner

  4. Perhaps they were right putting love into books. Perhaps it could not live anywhere else.

    - William Faulkner

  5. In writing, you must kill all your darlings.

    - William Faulkner

  6. 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

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

    - William Faulkner

  8. Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.

    - William Faulkner

  9. Wonder. Go on and wonder.

    - William Faulkner

  10. Dreams have only one owner at a time. That's why dreamers are lonely.

    - William Faulkner

  11. 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

  12. I decline to accept the end of man... I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among the creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet's, the writer's, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. 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.

    - William Faulkner

  13. 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; that when the right time came, you wouldn't need a word for that any more than for pride or fear....One day I was talking to Cora. She prayed for me because she believed I was blind to sin, wanting me to kneel and pray too, because people to whom sin is just a matter of words, to them salvation is just words too.

    - William Faulkner

  14. The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life... and hold it fixed so that 100 years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again.

    - William Faulkner