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William Faulkner Quotes

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Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.

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Pointless... like giving caviar to an elephant.

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Between grief and nothing I will take grief.

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

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The scattered tea goes with the leaves and every day a sunset dies.

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Hollywood is a place where a man can get stabbed in the back while climbing a ladder.

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If I had not existed, someone else would have written me, Hemingway, Dostoevski, all of us.

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

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

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Tomorrow night is nothing but one long sleepless wrestle with yesterday's omissions and regrets.

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You should approach Joyce's Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament with faith.

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My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.

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Poor man. Poor mankind.

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