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Brief author info: William Faulkner (1897-1962) American novelist and short-story writer.
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Memory believes before knowing remembers.
By artist I mean of course everyone who has tried to create something which was not here before him, with no other tools and material than the uncommer-ciable ones of the human spirit.
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.
No one is without Christianity, if we agree on what we mean by the word. It is every individuals individual code of behavior by means of which he makes himself a better human being than his nature wants to be, if he followed his nature only.
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.
Truth-that long clean clear simple undeviable unchallengeable straight and shining line, on one side of which black is black and on the other white is white, has now become an angle, a point of view.
One of the saddest things is that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day, day after day, is work. You can't eat eight hours a day nor drink for eight hours a day nor make love for eight hours.
What's wrong with this world is, it's not finished yet. It is not completed to that point where man can put his final signature to the job and say, "It is finished. We made it, and it works."
He [the writer] must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid; and, teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room in his workshop for anything but the old verities and truths of the heart, the old universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed-love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice.
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.
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