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  • 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")

  • Dear God, let me be damned a little longer, a little while.
    (William Faulkner, "Light in August")

  • Surely heaven must have something of the color and shape of whatever village or hill or cottage of which the believer says, This is my own.
    (William Faulkner, "Light in August")

  • I say money has no value; it's just the way you spend it.
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")

  • They all talked at once, their voices insistent and contradictory and impatient, making of unreality a possibility, then a probability, then an incontrovertible fact, as people will when their desires become words.
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")


  • 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")

  • He never denied it. He never did anything. He never acted like either a nigger or a white man. That was it. That was what made the folks so mad.
    (William Faulkner, "Light in August")

  • The whiskey died away in time and was renewed and died again, but the street ran on. From that night the thousand streets ran as one street, with imperceptible corners and changes of scene ...
    (William Faulkner, "Light in August")

  • I suppose that people, using themselves and each other so much by words, are at least consistent in attributing wisdom to a still tongue...
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")

  • When I was little there was a picture in one of our books, a dark place into which a single weak ray of light came slanting upon two faces lifted out of the shadow.
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")

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

  • He thought that it was loneliness which he was trying to escape and not himself. But the street ran on: catlike, one place was the same as another to him. But in none of them could he be quiet. But the street ran on in its moods and phases, always empty: he might have seen himself as in numberless avatars, in silence, doomed with motion, driven by the courage of flagged and spurred despair; by the despair of courage whose opportunities had to be flagged and spurred.
    (William Faulkner, "Light in August")

  • Though children can accept adults as adults, adults can never accept children as anything but adults too.
    (William Faulkner, "Light in August")

  • I took out my watch and listened to it clicking away, not knowing it couldn't even lie
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")

  • When you opened the door a bell tinkled, but just once, high and clear and small in the neat obscurity above the door, as though it were gauged and tempered to make that single clear small sound so as not to wear the bell out nor to require the expenditure of too much silence in restoring it when the door opened upon the recent warm scent of baking; a little dirty child with eyes like a toy bear's and two patent-leather pigtails.
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")


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