Between grief and nothing I will take grief.
More Quotes from William Faulkner:The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.
And that's how the book grew. That is, I wrote that same story four times. None of them were right, but I had anguished so much that I could not throw any of it away and start over, so I printed it in the four sections. That was not a deliberate tour de force at all, the book just grew that way. That I was still trying to tell one story which moved me very much and each time I failed, but I had put so much anguish into it that I couldn't throw it away, like the mother that had four bad children, that she would have been better off if they all had been eliminated, But she couldn't relinquish any of them. And that's the reason I have the most tenderness for that book, because it failed four times.
Purity is a negative state and therefore contrary to nature.
No man can cause more grief than that one clinging blindly to the vices of his ancestors.
Given a choice between grief and nothing, I'd choose grief.
I could just remember how my father used to say that the reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time.
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