On Sept. 25, 1897, William Faulkner, the Nobel Prize-winning author of the American South, was born. Faulkner was an 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 had spent most of his life.
“Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools. ” From The Sound and the Fury (1929).
“Between grief and nothing I will take grief.” From The Wild Palms.
“Sin and love and fear are just sounds that people who never sinned nor loved nor feared have for what they never had and cannot have until they forget the words.” From As I Lay Dying.
“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.” From The Sound and the Fury.
“Be scared. You can’t help that. But don’t be afraid.” From The Bear.
“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.” Paris Review interview (1958)
“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.”
“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.”
“Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly is having to accept it.” Requiem for a Nun (1951)
“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”