I suppose that people, using themselves and each other so much by words, are at least consistent in attributing wisdom to a still tongue...
I'd have wasted a lot of time and trouble before I learned that the best way to take all people, black or white, is to take them for what they think they are, then leave them alone.
That's sad too, people cannot do anything that dreadful they cannot do anything very dreadful at all they cannot even remember tomorrow what seemed dreadful today
The writer in America isn't part of the culture of this country. He's like a fine dog. People like him around, but he's of no use. . . .
As long as I live under the capitalistic system I expect to have my life influenced by the demands of moneyed people. But I will be damned if I propose the be at the beck and call of every itinerant scoundrel. . . .
The Swiss are not a people so much as a neat, clean, quite solvent business
People between twenty and forty are not sympathetic. The child has the capacity to do but it can't know. It only knows when it is no longer able to do -- after forty. Between twenty and forty the will of the child to do gets stronger, more dangerous, but it has not begun to learn to know yet. Since his capacity to do is forced into channels of evil through environment and pressures, man is strong before he is moral. The world's anguish is caused by people between twenty and forty.
People need trouble -- a little frustration to sharpen the spirit on, toughen it. Artists do I don't mean you need to live in a rat hole or gutter, but you have to learn fortitude, endurance. Only vegetables are happy.
More William Faulkner Quotations (Based on Topics)
Man - Time - People - Life - Art - World - Books - Pride - Children - Sadness - Facts - Mothers - Fear - Will & Determination - Reasoning - Danger & Risk - God - Place - Vice & Virtue - View All William Faulkner Quotations
More William Faulkner Quotations (By Book Titles)
- Absalom, Absalom!
- As I Lay Dying
- Light in August
- The Sound and the Fury
Charles Dickens - Salman Rushdie - Mario Puzo - Katherine Dunn - J. R. R. Tolkien - J. D. Salinger - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Fyodor Dostoevsky - Elizabeth Gilbert - Arthur Herzog