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All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection.
by William Faulkner

All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection.
So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.
- William Faulkner

Related topics: Dreams

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

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

 

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion,
which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed
so that a hundred years later,
when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.
- William Faulkner

It's a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work.
He can't eat for eight hours; he can't drink for eight hours;
he can't make love for eight hours.
The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work.
- William Faulkner

The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the
dream in the seeking of it.
- William Faulkner

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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

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

It is my aim, and every effort bent,
that the sum and history of my life,
which in the same sentence is my obit and epitaph too,
shall be them both: He made the books and he died.
- William Faulkner

A gentleman can live through anything.
- William Faulkner

We have to start teaching ourselves not to be afraid.
- William Faulkner

Unless you're ashamed of yourself now and then,
you're not honest.
- William Faulkner

The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics.
The ones who want to be writers read the reviews,
the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews.
- William Faulkner

I decline to accept the end of man.
- William Faulkner

Pointless...
like giving caviar to an elephant.
- William Faulkner

A man's moral conscience is the curse he had to accept
from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.
- William Faulkner

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

Facts and truth really don't have much to do with each other.
- William Faulkner

A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid.
- William Faulkner

The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human
beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already
quarreling about where they are going next.
- William Faulkner

This is a free country.
Folks have a right to send me letters,
and I have a right not to read them.
- William Faulkner

I would say that music is the easiest means in which to express,
but since words are my talent, I must try to express
clumsily in words what the pure music would have done better.
- William Faulkner

I have found that the greatest help in meeting any
problem is to know where you yourself stand.
That is, to have in words what you believe and are acting from.
- William Faulkner

A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you,
for the privilege of kicking you once.
- William Faulkner

To understand the world, you must first understand
a place like Mississippi.
- William Faulkner

If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate:
The "Ode on a Grecian Urn" is worth any number of old ladies.
- William Faulkner

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

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

Perhaps they were right in putting love into books...
Perhaps it could not live anywhere else.
- William Faulkner

There is something about jumping a horse over a fence,
something that makes you feel good.
Perhaps it's the risk, the gamble.
In any event it's a thing I need.
- William Faulkner

Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude
constantly is having to accept it.
- William Faulkner

Man will not merely endure; he will prevail.
- William Faulkner

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

I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth.
- William Faulkner

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

I'm bad and I'm going to hell, and I don't care.
I'd rather be in hell than anywhere where you are.
- William Faulkner

An artist is a creature driven by demons.
He doesn't know why they choose him and he's usually too busy to wonder why.
- William Faulkner

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

Everything goes by the board: honor,
pride,
decency to get the book written.
- William Faulkner

Well, between Scotch and nothin', I suppose I'd take Scotch.
It's the nearest thing to good moonshine I can find.
- William Faulkner

Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear.
That's how he finds that he can bear anything.
- William Faulkner

The best job that was ever offered to me was to become a landlord in a brothel.
In my opinion it's the perfect milieu for an artist to work in.
- William Faulkner

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

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

Memory believes before knowing remembers.
Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.
- William Faulkner

The tools I need for my work are paper,
tobacco, food, and a little whiskey.
- William Faulkner

The past is never dead.
It's not even past.
- William Faulkner

If I were reincarnated, I'd want to come back a buzzard.
Nothing hates him or envies him or wants him or needs him.
He is never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything.
- William Faulkner

Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing,
I would choose pain.
- William Faulkner

I'm inclined to think that a military background wouldn't hurt anyone.
- William Faulkner

Our tragedy is a general and universal physical fear
so long sustained by now that we can even bear it...
the basest of all things is to be afraid.
- William Faulkner

I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it.
- William Faulkner

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

In case you failed to notice,
in case you failed to see,
this is my heart,
bleeding before you,
this is me down on my knees.
- Jewel

I have not failed.
I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
- Thomas Edison

My great concern is not whether you have failed,
but whether you are content with your failure.
- Abraham Lincoln

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams.
Think not about your frustrations,
but about your unfulfilled potential.
Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in,
but with what it is still possible for you to do.
- Pope John XXIII

In war as in life, it is often necessary
when some cherished scheme has failed,
to take up the best alternative open,
and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
- Winston Churchill

Stop holding on to the past.
Release your regrets about whatever you may have done
or failed to do that turned out poorly.
Forgive others for whatever they may have done
or failed to do that cause you harm.
Declare today to be a new beginning.
Let go of the past and move on with creating
a joyful new future for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

God is not what you imagine
or what you think you understand.
If you understand you have failed.
- Saint Augustine

The unpredictable and irregular happenings
of life's cycles are an inherent part of their nature.
There are droughts and heat waves, injuries occur.
The lion eats the zebra -
one is nourished, one dies - neither failed.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I'm more comfortable with whatever's wrong with me
than my father was whenever he felt he failed or didn't
measure up to the standard he set.
- John Malkovich

I was only the servant of my country and had I, at any moment,
failed to express her unflinching resolve to fight and conquer,
I should at once have been rightly cast aside.
- Winston Churchill

As a rule, software systems do not work well until they have been used,
and have failed repeatedly, in real applications.
- Dave Parnas

I failed to make the chess team because of my height.
- Woody Allen

I've failed over and over and over again in my life
and that is why I succeed.
- Michael Jordan

Free love? as if love is anything but free.
Man has bought brains, but all the millions in the
world have failed to buy love.
- Emma Goldman

I was a little lacking in vision as mayor -
I failed to understand the significance that housing
and the revitalization of housing means for a city.
- Henry Cisneros

They have had three years to get a resolution and they failed.
Both of these guys have failed.
- Marcel Dionne


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