William Faulkner Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old william faulkner quotes, william faulkner sayings, and william faulkner proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.      

William Faulkner

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.     

William Faulkner

And sure enough even waiting will end...if you can just wait long enough.     

William Faulkner

To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or color is like living in Alaska and being against snow.     

William Faulkner

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.     

William Faulkner

To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or color is like living in Alaska and being against snow.     

William Faulkner

I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail.     

William Faulkner

People need trouble -- a little frustration to sharpen the spirit on, toughen it.     

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.     

William Faulkner

The saddest thing about love is that not only that it cannot last forever, but that heartbreak is soon forgotten.     

William Faulkner

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.     

William Faulkner

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.     

William Faulkner

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.     

William Faulkner

Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all     

William Faulkner

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.     

William Faulkner

Pouring out liquor is like burning books.     

William Faulkner

War and drink are the two things man is never too poor to buy.     

William Faulkner

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.     

William Faulkner

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.     

William Faulkner

There is no such thing as a bad whisky. Some whiskies just happen to be better than others.     

William Faulkner

And even a liar can be scared into telling the truth, same as honest man can be tortured into telling a lie.     

William Faulkner

Given a choice between grief and nothing, I'd choose grief.     

William Faulkner

The salvation of the world is in man's suffering.     

William Faulkner

Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.     

William Faulkner

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.      

William Faulkner

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.     

William Faulkner

Purity is a negative state and therefore contrary to nature.     

William Faulkner

To the man grown the long crowded mile of his boyhood becomes less than the throw of a stone.     

William Faulkner

You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.     

William Faulkner

Clocks slay time. Time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.     

William Faulkner