And even a liar can be scared into telling the truth, same as honest man can be tortured into telling a lie.
("Light in August")
More Quotes from William Faulkner:Where the shadow of the bridge fell I could see down for a long way, but not as far as the bottom. When you leave a leaf in water a long time after awhile the tissue will be gone and the delicate fibres waving slow as the motion of sleep. They don't touch one another, no matter how knotted up they once were, no matter how close they lay once to the bones.
A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.
The tools I need for my work are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey.
Even sound seemed to fail in this air, like the air was worn out with carrying sounds so long.
No one is without Christianity, if we agree on what we mean by the word. It is every individual's individual code of behavior by means of which he makes him or herself a better human being than their nature wants to be, if they followed their nature only. Whatever its symbol -- cross or crescent or whatever -- that symbol is man's reminder of his duty inside the human race.
The young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat.
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