Quotes by William Alexander Percy

"I have a need of silence and of stars.
Too much is said too loudly. I am dazed.
The silken sound of whirled infinity
Is lost in voices shouting to be heard…"

"To the mind that could dream and shape our beaconed universe, what is injustice to us may be unfathomable tenderness, and our horror only loveliness misunderstood."

"They ask little, for they know it is little they will receive for all their asking, but what little is so dear, as it always is to the autumn-hearted who know life is pitiful and infinitely sweet."

"The good die when they should live, the evil live when they should die; heroes perish and cowards escape; noble efforts do not succeed because they are noble, and wickedness is consumed in its own nature. Looking at truth is not at first a heartening experience--it becomes so, if at all, only with time, with infinite patience, and with the luck of a little personal happiness."

Books by William Alexander Percy

  • In April Once
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  • October 26th 2007 by Hesperides Press

    (first published 1920)

  • Collected Poems
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  • November 20th 2013 by Knopf

    (first published January 1st 2013)

William Alexander Percy
  • William Alexander Percy

  • Date of birth: May 14, 1885
  • Died: January 21, 1942
  • Born: in Mississippi, The United States.

  • Description: William Alexander Percy was the author of four books of poetry, and he practiced law in Greenville, Mississippi, until his death, one year after the publication of his autobiography. Awarded the Croix de Guerre with gold star for his service in World War I, he also was one of the leaders in the succesful 1922 fight against the Ku Klux Klan in Greenville and headed the local Red Cross unit during the disastrous Mississippi River flooding of 1927.