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Published on May 19th, 2013 | by Yellow Magpie

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William Faulkner Quotes: The Writer Who Realised Yoknapatawpha County

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Here is Yellow Magpie’s pick of the very best William Faulkner Quotes quotes.

‘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’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.’ 

‘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.’

‘Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.’

William Faulkner Quotes Photo By Carl Van Vechten

‘Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.’

‘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’m bad and I’m going to hell, and I don’t care. I’d rather be in hell than anywhere where you are.’

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

‘Pouring out liquor is like burning books.’

‘A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station…’

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