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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    I can remember how when I was young I believed death to be a phenomenon of the body; now I know it to be merely a function of the mind -- and that of the minds who suffer the bereavement. The nihilists say it is the end; the fundamentalists, the beginning; when in reality it is no more than a single tenant or family moving out of a tenement or a town.

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    Man knows so little about his fellows. In his eyes all men or women act upon what he believes would motivate him if he were mad enough to do what that other man or woman is doing.

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