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William Faulkner

10 Quotes From the Irreplicable William Faulkner

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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15 Quotes About Writing from Famous Authors

Whether you’re an aspiring writer, an avid reader, or none of the above you can’t help but admit the power and influence the written word has on us all. Writing can be cathartic, informative, distracting, devastating, connecting, and everything in-between.


I love writing and words and all the ways in which they can effect our lives so much (seriously) that I’m at a complete and total loss for them right now. 


So, I’m just going to let these fifteen quotes from famous authors do the rest of the talking.



“If I waited for perfection…I would never write a word.” —Margaret Atwood




“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” —Maya Angelou



“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” —Joan Didion



“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”—Virginia Woolf



“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.” —Enid Bagnold




“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” —Anaïs Nin



“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”  —Sylvia Plath



“When I’m writing I know I’m doing the thing I was born to do.” —Anne Sexton



“I am writing all this down in blue ink, so as to remember that all words, not just some, are written in water.” —Maggie Nelson



“In the diary you find proof that in situations which today would seem unbearable, you lived, looked around and wrote down observations, that this right hand moved then as it does today.” —Franz Kafka



“A person who writes a book willfully appears before the populace with his pants down.” —Edna St. Vincent Millay



“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.” —William Faulkner



Who am I? I’m just a writer. I write things down. I walk through your dreams and invent the future. Sure, I sink the boat of love, but that comes later. And yes, I swallow glass, but that comes later.” —Richard Siken



“Not all poetry wants to be storytelling. And not all storytelling wants to be poetry. But great storytellers and great poets share something in common: They had something to say, and did.” —Sarah Kay



“The secret to being a writer is that you have to write. It’s not enough to think about writing or to study literature or plan a future life as an author. You really have to lock yourself away, alone, and get to work.” —Augusten Burroughs





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Faulkner House Books

What Makes This Bookstore So Great? Only That William Faulkner Lived There

If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’ll agree that there are few things better than spending an afternoon wandering around a bookstore. I can think of one thing better: wandering around a bookstore housed in the former apartment of none other than William Faulkner himself.


Faulkner House Books is located at 624 Pirate’s Alley in the middle of the famous French Quarter in New Orleans. Faulkner lived in the first floor apartment for six months starting in 1925. He wrote his first novel Soldier’s Pay here.


The bookstore opened over twenty-seven years ago on September 25th, William Faulkner’s birthday.  Faulkner House Books sells new and used books, including rare editions by Faulkner himself as well as other famous writers, particularly Southern authors such as Tennessee Williams and Flannery O’Connor.


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Joseph J. DeSalvo, Jr. and his wife Rosemary James own the store. When they’re not working, they live upstairs. Along with W. Kenneth Holditch, they also cofounded The Pirates Alley Faulkner Society. In an interview with College of Charleston Magazine, James said, “We decided that we were trustees of part of the Faulkner heritage and part of New Orleans literary heritage, and that we had an obligation to share the building with others.”


Faulkner House Books has also been described as America’s most charming bookstore. Basically, there’s no good reason not to visit it, so if you’re ever near New Orleans, make sure you stop by and step through a piece of literary history.


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