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  • 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")

  • Knowing not grieving remembers a thousand savage and lonely streets.
    (William Faulkner, "Light in August")

  • 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")

  • 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")


  • Like a fellow running from or toward a gun ain't got time to worry whether the word for what he is doing is courage or cowardice.
    (William Faulkner, "Light in August")

  • 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")

  • 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")

  • Making or getting money is a kind of game where there are not any rules at all.
    (William Faulkner, "Light in August")

  • 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")

  • 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")

  • My, my. A body does get around.
    (William Faulkner, "Light in August")

  • 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")


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