Then Ben wailed again, hopeless and prolonged. It was nothing. Just sound. It might have been all time and injustice and sorrow become vocal for an instant by a conjunction of planets.
("The Sound and the Fury")
More Quotes from William Faulkner: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.
I feel that this award was not made to me as a man, but to my work -- a life's work in the agony and sweat of the human spirit, not for glory and least of all for profit, but to create out of the materials of the human spirit something which did not exist before. So this award is only mine in trust.
The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next.
Perhaps they were right in putting love into books... Perhaps it could not live anywhere else.
It does not take long. Soon the fine galloping language, the gutless swooning full of sapless trees and dehydrated lusts begins to swim smooth and swift and peaceful. It is better than praying without having to bother to think aloud. It is like listening in a cathedral to a eunuch chanting in a language which he does not even need to not understand.
A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction.
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Suddenly in the end when it's over, you feel a big weight on your shoulders. That's the role of the captain. Unfortunately, it's sometimes like that in sport.
But only a brief moment is granted to the brave one breath or two, whose wage is the long nights of the grave.
Our lives teach us who we are.