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Let me repeat. I have not read all the work of this present generation of writing. I have not had time yet. So I must speak only of the ones I do know. I am thinking now of what I rate the best one, Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, perhaps because this one expresses so completely what I have tried to say. A youth, father to what will—must—someday be a man, more intelligent than some and more sensitive than most, who—he would not even have called it by instinct because he did not know he possessed it because God perhaps had put it there, loved man and wished to be a part of mankind, humanity, who tried to join the human race and failed. To me, his tragedy was not that he was, as he perhaps thought, not tough enough or brave enough or deserving enough to be accepted into humanity. His tragedy was that when he attempted to enter the human race, there was no human race there. There was nothing for him to do save buzz, frantic and inviolate, inside the glass wall of his tumbler, until he either gave up or was himself, by himself, by his own frantic buzzing, destroyed.


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Menfolks listens to somebody because of what he says. Women don't. They don't care what he said. The...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
I have found that the greatest help in meeting any problem with decency and selfrespect and whatever...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
Some things you must always be unable to bear.
WILLIAM FAULKNER
Only vegetables are happy
WILLIAM FAULKNER
No man can cause more grief than that one clinging blindly to the vices of his ancestors.
WILLIAM FAULKNER
Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain
WILLIAM FAULKNER
Don't read that trash; read this.
WILLIAM FAULKNER
With the gun which was too big for him, the breech-loader which did not even belong to him but to Ma...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
Life is not interested in good and evil. Don Quixote was constantly choosing between good and evil, ...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
War and drink are the two things man is never too poor to buy.
WILLIAM FAULKNER
Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.
WILLIAM FAULKNER
The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.
WILLIAM FAULKNER
I feel that this award was not made to me as a man, but to my work - a life's work in the agony and ...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
Facts and truth really don't have much to do with each other.
WILLIAM FAULKNER
The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the revi...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than y...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.
WILLIAM FAULKNER
There is something about jumping a horse over a fence, something that makes you feel good. Perhaps i...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail.
WILLIAM FAULKNER
Henry James was one of the nicest old ladies I ever met.
WILLIAM FAULKNER
I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it.
WILLIAM FAULKNER
To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or color is like living ...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
When I was fifteen, a companion and I, on a dare, went into the mound one day just at sunset. We saw...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
Hollywood is a place where a man can get stabbed in the back while climbing a ladder.
WILLIAM FAULKNER
Listen: it’s got to be all honeymoon, always.
Either heaven, or hell:
no comfortable s...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
It's not when you realise that nothing can help you - religion, pride, anything - it's when you real...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
Our tragedy is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear ...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
Read, read, read. Read everything - trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
Once a bitch always a bitch, what I say.
WILLIAM FAULKNER
It is assumed that anyone who makes a million dollars has a unique gift, though he might have made i...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
Between pain and nothing, I choose pain
WILLIAM FAULKNER
No man can write who is not first a humanitarian
WILLIAM FAULKNER
Purity is a negative state and therefore contrary to nature.
WILLIAM FAULKNER
I believe that man will not merely endure. He will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone amo...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
The young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with ...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
You can't beat women anyhow and that if you are wise or dislike trouble and uproar you don't even tr...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
The woman went on. She had not looked back. She went out of sight up the road: swollen, slow, delibe...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
In my time I have seen truth that was anything under the sun but just, and I have seen justice using...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
I'm inclined to think that a military background wouldn't hurt anyone.
WILLIAM FAULKNER
In Europe, being an artist is a form of behavior; in America, being an artist is an excuse for a for...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
Forget grief. Only an idiot has no grief, and only a fool would forget it. What else is there in thi...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
You tell 'em, big boy; treat 'em rough.
WILLIAM FAULKNER
He turned into the road at that slow and ponderous gallop, the two of them, man and beast, leaning a...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
What matters is at the end of life, when you're about to pass into oblivion, that you've at least sc...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
Government was founded on the working premiss of being primarily an asylum for ineptitude and indige...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
She was bored. She loved, had capacity to love, for love, to give and accept love. Only she tried tw...
WILLIAM FAULKNER
One of the things that made Epic strong when I wrote the original code was that it never occurred to...
JUDITH FAULKNER
We had to expand our ability to attract physicians to this campus.
CHARLIE FAULKNER
We have found a tremendous optimism among the small and medium-sized businesses that we surveyed. Th...
CHRISTOPHER FAULKNER
The Simon-Williamson clinic is our priority today. The next step is preparing to accept the business...
CHARLIE FAULKNER
The Simon-Williamson clinic is our priority today. The next step is preparing to accept the business...
CHARLIE FAULKNER
I take my hat off to Erickson. He's a polished high school pitcher who has command of three pitches ...
CRAIG FAULKNER
I was an undergrad math major and a grad student in computer science. I'm hugely introverted, no...
JUDITH FAULKNER
All I knew is that I had to stay with her (Hall). She's taller than me but I felt I kept up with her...
ANNESIA FAULKNER
They collided, and rolled toward the precipice. Loose rocks shifted beneath them, causing a small av...
C.G. FAULKNER
They're shining examples of … being active in the community and active for small-forest landowners....
BOB FAULKNER
She's just such an all-around athlete, and then she has the personality, desire and drive to go out ...
CINDY FAULKNER
It looks like you’ll be dying in Hellfire after all, Captain!” Slaughter shouted. “Just like y...
C.G. FAULKNER
Struble has a good breaking ball and good change-up. You can call it anytime and he is always around...
CRAIG FAULKNER
We've got to capitalize on those situations when we're in charge. We need to have better at-bats.
CRAIG FAULKNER
I just have to suck it up and play. This is my first year at Rose Hill after sitting out all of last...
KALA FAULKNER
The Houston Endowment is smaller in scope than UT-Austin, but the activity is large, ... It is extre...
LARRY FAULKNER
When the sky is clear, there will be eight Reindeer But when you can't see the sky, then Rudolph wil...
IRENE FAULKNER
I'm really excited because these are my first wins (at state). I kind of expected the 200 IM, but I ...
AMANDA FAULKNER