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Light in August by William Faulkner
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#10

 

I have never got outside that circle. I have never broken out of the ring of what I have already done and cannot ever undo.

--WILLIAM FAULKNER, Light in August, Chapter 14

 
#9
 

It did seem that in a small town, where evil is harder to accomplish, where opportunities for privacy are scarcer, that people can invent more of it in other people's names.

--WILLIAM FAULKNER, Light in August, Chapter 3

 
#8
 

A man. All men. He will pass up a hundred chances to do good for one chance to meddle where meddling is not wanted. He will overlook and fail to see chances, opportunities, for riches and fame and welldoing, and even sometimes for evil. But he won't fail to see a chance to meddle.

--WILLIAM FAULKNER, Light in August, Chapter 1

 
#7
 

Perhaps in the moment when I revealed to her not only the depth of my hunger but the fact that never and never would she have any part in the assuaging of it; perhaps at that moment I became her seducer and her murderer, author and instrument of her shame and death. After all, there must be some things for which God cannot be accused by man and held responsible. There must be.

--WILLIAM FAULKNER, Light in August, Chapter 20

 
#6
 

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

--WILLIAM FAULKNER, Light in August, Chapter 20

 
#5
 

Even a liar can be scared into telling the truth, same as an honest man can be tortured into telling a lie.

--WILLIAM FAULKNER, Light in August, Chapter 4

 
#4
 

A man will talk about how he'd like to escape from living folks. But it's the dead folks that do him the damage. It's the dead ones that lay quiet in one place and don't try to hold him, that he can't escape from.

--WILLIAM FAULKNER, Light in August, Chapter 3

 
#3
 

The dark was filled with the voices, myriad, out of all time that he had known, as though all the past was a flat pattern. And going on, tomorrow night, all the tomorrows, to be a part of the flat pattern, going on. He thought of that with quiet astonishment: going on, myriad, familiar, since all that had ever been was the same as all that was to be, since tomorrow to-be and had-been would be the same.

--WILLIAM FAULKNER, Light in August, Chapter 12

 
#2
 

A fellow is more afraid of the trouble he might have than he ever is of the trouble he’s already got. He’ll cling to trouble he’s used to before he’ll risk a change.

--WILLIAM FAULKNER, Light in August, Chapter 3

 
#1
 

A fellow running from or toward a gun ain't got time to worry whether the word for what he is doing is courage or cowardice.

--WILLIAM FAULKNER, Light in August, Chapter 17

 
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