Quotes by William Faulkner

"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."

"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."

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

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

"The past is never dead. It's not even past."


Books by William Faulkner

  • As I Lay Dying
  • 142,440 ratings
  • January 30th 1991 by Vintage

    (first published 1930)

  • Light in August
  • 58,543 ratings
  • January 30th 1991 by Vintage

    (first published March 12th 1932)

  • Absalom, Absalom!
  • 39,784 ratings
  • November 30th 1990 by Vintage

    (first published 1936)

  • Sanctuary
  • 11,620 ratings
  • December 6th 1993 by Vintage

    (first published 1931)

  • Go Down, Moses
  • 9,255 ratings
  • January 30th 1991 by Vintage

    (first published 1942)

  • Collected Stories
  • 7,371 ratings
  • 1995 by Vintage International

    (first published 1950)

  • The Reivers
  • 6,739 ratings
  • September 1st 1992 by Vintage International

    (first published 1962)

  • A Rose for Emily
  • 6,254 ratings
  • September 1st 1990 by Perfection Learning

    (first published April 30th 1930)

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William Faulkner
  • William Faulkner

  • Date of birth: September 25, 1897
  • Died: July 06, 1962
  • Born: in New Albany, Mississippi, The United States.

  • Description: William Cuthbert Faulkner was a Nobel Prize-winning American novelist and short story writer. One of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, his reputation is based mostly on his novels, novellas, and short stories. He was also a published poet and an occasional screenwriter.

    The majority of his works are set in his native state of Mississippi. Though his work was published as early as 1919, and largely during the 1920s and 1930s, Faulkner was relatively unknown until receiving the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature, "for his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel." Faulkner has often been cited as one of the most important writers in the history of American literature. Faulkner was influenced by European modernism, and employed stream of consciousness in several of his novels.