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William Faulkner’s “The Sound and the Fury” Quotes (32 Quotes)


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  • And I will look down and see my murmuring bones and the deep water like wind, like a roof of wind, and after a long time they cannot distinguish even bones upon the lonely and inviolate sand.
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")

  • It's not when you realise that nothing can help you - religion, pride, anything - it's when you realise that you don't need any aid.
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")

  • And so I told myself to take that one. Because Father said clocks slay time. He said time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life. The hands were extended, slightly off the horizontal at a faint angle, like a gull tilting into the wind.
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")

  • Luster returned, wearing a stiff new straw hat with a colored band and carrying a cloth cap. The hat seemed to isolate Luster's skull, in the beholder's eye as a spotlight would, in all its individual planes and angles. So peculiarly individual was its shape that at first glance the hat appeared to be on the head of someone standing immediately behind Luster.
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")

  • Bad health is the primary reason for all life. Created by disease, within putrefaction, into decay
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")


  • Once a bitch always a bitch, what I say.
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")

  • Caddy got the box and set it on the floor and opened it. It was full of stars. When I was still, they were still. When I moved, they glinted and sparkled. I hushed.
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")

  • Only Southerners have taken horsewhips and pistols to editors about the treatment or maltreatment of their manuscript. This--the actual pistols--was in the old days, of course, we no longer succumb to the impulse. But it is still there, within us.
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")

  • Did you ever have a sister? did you?
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")

  • She loved him not only in spite of but because he himself was incapable of love.
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")

  • Even sound seemed to fail in this air, like the air was worn out with carrying sounds so long.
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")

  • Some days in late August at home are like this, the air thin and eager like this, with something in it sad and nostalgic and familiar...
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")

  • Father was teaching us that all men are just accumulations dolls stuffed with sawdust swept up from the trash heaps where all previous dolls had been thrown away the sawdust flowing from what wound in what side that not for me died not
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")

  • 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
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")

  • I am not one of those women who can stand things.
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")


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