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.
("The Sound and the Fury")
More Quotes from William Faulkner:Some things you must always be unable to bear. Some things you must never stop refusing to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. No matter how young you are or how old you have got. Not for kudos and not for cash. Your picture in the paper nor money in the bank, neither. Just refuse to bear them.
When the switch fell I could feel it upon my flesh; when it welted and ridged it was my blood that ran, and I would think with each blow of the switch: Now you are aware of me! Now I am something in your secret and selfish life, who have marked your blood with my own for ever and ever.
All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.
Though children can accept adults as adults, adults can never accept children as anything but adults too.
Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency to get the book written.
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