A legend of American literature, William Faulkner is a name that simply oozes talent and impeccable writing. I can easily recall reading “A Rose for Emily” in school and the chilling feeling that followed after finishing the story. Faulkner was that good.
His birthday is today, but as a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winner, he should be honored no matter what. Here are ten quotes from the literary legend.
1. “Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
2. “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”
3. “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”
4. “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
5. “Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.”
6. “Perhaps they were right putting love into books. Perhaps it could not live anywhere else.”
7. “The next time you try to seduce anyone, don’t do it with talk, with words. Women know more about words than men ever will. And they know how little they can ever possibly mean.”
8. “Don’t be ‘a writer’. Be writing.”
9. “Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.”
10. “If a story is in you, it has to come out.”
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