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.
The reason you will not say it is, when you say it, even to yourself, you will know it is true.
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.
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.
And when I think about that, I think that if nothing but being married will help a man, he's durn nigh hopeless.
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.
I believe in God, God. God, I believe in God.
If you could just ravel out into time. That would be nice. It would be nice if you could just ravel out into time
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.
It surged up out of the water and stood for an instant upright upon that surging and heaving desolation like Christ.
It takes two people to make you, and one people to die. That's how the world is going to end.
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.
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.
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.
More William Faulkner Quotations (Based on Topics)
Man - Time - Art - Life - People - Books - World - Children - Sadness - Pride - Facts - Mothers - Place - Courage - Fear - Vice & Virtue - Danger & Risk - Success - God - 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
V. S. Naipaul - Thomas Hardy - Robertson Davies - Miguel de Cervantes - Mario Puzo - J. D. Salinger - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Fyodor Dostoevsky - Arthur Herzog - Anne Bronte