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Quotations From WILLIAM FAULKNER

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  • 1.
    You like orchids?... Nasty things. Their flesh is too much like the flesh of men, their perfume has the rotten sweetness of corruption.
    William Faulkner (1897-1962), U.S. novelist, Leigh Brackett (1915-1978), U.S. screenwriter, Jules (Julius Grinnell) Furthmann (1888-1960), U.S. screenwriter, and Howard Hawks. General Sternwood (Charles Waldron), The Big Sleep (1946). Wheelchair-bound General Sternwood interviewing private detective Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) for a job.
  • 2.
    You're looking, sir, at a very dull survivor of a very gaudy life. Crippled, paralyzed in both legs. Very little I can eat, and my sleep is so near waking that it's hardly worth the name. I seem to exist largely on heat, like a newborn spider.
    William Faulkner (1897-1962), U.S. novelist, Leigh Brackett (1915-1978), U.S. screenwriter, Jules (Julius Grinnell) Furthmann (1888-1960), U.S. screenwriter, and Howard Hawks. General Sternwood (Charles Waldron), The Big Sleep (1946). Wheelchair-bound General Sternwood interviewing private detective Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) for a job.

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  • 3.
    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 (1897-1962), U.S. novelist. Interview, in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958). Referring to Faulkner's writing contemporaries.
  • 4.
    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.
    William Faulkner (1897-1962), U.S. novelist. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).
  • 5.
    [A man's] moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.
    William Faulkner (1897-1962), U.S. novelist. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).

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  • 6.
    An artist is a creature driven by demons. He don't know why they choose him and he's usually too busy to wonder why. He is completely amoral in that he will rob, borrow, beg, or steal from anybody and everybody to get the work done.
    William Faulkner (1897-1962), U.S. novelist. Interview, Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).

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  • 7.
    Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly ... is having to accept it.
    William Faulkner (1897-1962), U.S. novelist. Temple Drake, in Requiem for a Nun, act 2, sc. 1.
  • 8.
    The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next.
    William Faulkner (1897-1962), U.S. novelist. Speech to UNESCO Commission. quoted in New York Times (Oct. 3, 1959).
  • 9.
    She tried to sit on my lap while I was standing up.
    William Faulkner (1897-1962), U.S. novelist, Leigh Brackett (1915-1978), U.S. screenwriter, Jules (Julius Grinnell) Furthmann (1888-1960), U.S. screenwriter, and Howard Hawks. Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart), The Big Sleep (1946). To the butler about Carmen Sternwood.
  • 10.
    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 (1897-1962), U.S. novelist. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).

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