William Faulkner’s Whisky Words

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

“There is no such thing as bad whisky. Some whiskies just happen to be better than others.”

“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.”

“War and drink are the two things man is never too poor to buy.”

“Civilization begins with distillation”

“When I have one martini, I feel bigger, wiser, taller. When I have a second, I feel superlative. When I have more, there’s no holding me.”

William Faulkner TD Lifestyle Quotes

“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.”

“A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.”

“There is no was.”

“A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.”

“All of us have failed to match our dream of perfection. I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible. If I could write all my work again, I’m convinced I could do it better. This is the healthiest condition for an artist. That’s why he keeps working, trying again: he believes each time that this time he will do it, bring it off. Of course he won’t.”

“Memory believes before knowing remembers.” [Light in August]

“Caddy got the box and set it on the floor and opened it. It was full of stars. When I was still, they were still. When I moved, they glinted and sparkled. I hushed.”  [The Sound and the Fury]

“Memory believes before knowing remembers.”  [As I Lay Dying]

“A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.”

“I say money has no value; it’s just the way you spend it.” [The Sound and the Fury]

“I am not one of those women who can stand things.” [The Sound and the Fury]

“Who gathers the withered rose?”[ Soldiers’ Pay]

Editor’s Note: If you have a favorite Faulkner quote, share it in the comments section below.


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