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William Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying” Quotes (14 Quotes)


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  • I believe in God, God. God, I believe in God.
    (William Faulkner, "As I Lay Dying")

  • If you could just ravel out into time. That would be nice. It would be nice if you could just ravel out into time
    (William Faulkner, "As I Lay Dying")

  • It is as though the space between us were time: an irrevocable quality. It is as though time, no longer running straight before us in a diminishing line, now runs parallel between us like a looping string, the distance being the doubling accretion of the thread an not the interval between.
    (William Faulkner, "As I Lay Dying")

  • It surged up out of the water and stood for an instant upright upon that surging and heaving desolation like Christ.
    (William Faulkner, "As I Lay Dying")

  • It takes two people to make you, and one people to die. That's how the world is going to end.
    (William Faulkner, "As I Lay Dying")


  • It's because I'm alone.. If I could just feel it, it would be different, because I would not be alone. But if I were not alone, everybody would know it. And he could do so much for me, and then I would not be alone. Then I could be all right alone.
    (William Faulkner, "As I Lay Dying")

  • Sometimes I aint so sho who's got ere a right to say when a man is crazy and when he aint. Sometimes I think it aint none of us pure crazy and aint none of us pure sane until the balance of us talks him that-a-way. It's like it aint so much what a fellow does, but it's the way the majority of folks is looking at him when he does it.
    (William Faulkner, "As I Lay Dying")

  • That was when I learned that words are no good; that words dont ever fit even what they are trying to say at. When he was born I knew that motherhood was invented by someone who had to have a word for it because the ones that had the children didn't care whether there was a word for it or not. I knew that fear was invented by someone that had never had the fear; pride, who never had the pride.
    (William Faulkner, "As I Lay Dying")

  • That's the one trouble with this country: everything, weather, all, hangs on too long. Like our rivers, our land: opaque, slow, violent; shaping and creating the life of man in its implacable and brooding image.
    (William Faulkner, "As I Lay Dying")

  • The reason you will not say it is, when you say it, even to yourself, you will know it is true.
    (William Faulkner, "As I Lay Dying")

  • The sun, an hour above the horizon, is poised like a bloody egg upon a crest of thunderheads; the light has turned copper: in the eye portentous, in the nose sulphurous, smelling of lightning.
    (William Faulkner, "As I Lay Dying")

  • When the switch fell I could feel it upon my flesh; when it welted and ridged it was my blood that ran, and I would think with each blow of the switch: Now you are aware of me! Now I am something in your secret and selfish life, who have marked your blood with my own for ever and ever.
    (William Faulkner, "As I Lay Dying")

  • And when I think about that, I think that if nothing but being married will help a man, he's durn nigh hopeless.
    (William Faulkner, "As I Lay Dying")

  • For the Lord aimed for him to do and not to spend too much time thinking, because his brain it's like a piece of machinery: it won't stand a whole lot of racking. It's best when it all runs along the same, doing the day's work and not no one part used no more than needful.
    (William Faulkner, "As I Lay Dying")


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