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.
("Light in August")
More Quotes from William Faulkner:... no battle is ever won ... they are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and Victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.
A hack writer who would not have been considered a fourth rate in Europe, who tricked out a few of the old proven sure-fire literary skeletons with sufficient local color to intrigue the superficial and the lazy.
It is as though the space between us were time: an irrevocable quality. It is as though time, no longer running straight before us in a diminishing line, now runs parallel between us like a looping string, the distance being the doubling accretion of the thread an not the interval between.
Did you ever have a sister? did you?
The scattered tea goes with the leaves and every day a sunset dies.
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.
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