Quote of the Week via www.WriterzBlox.net ~ May 17th, 2013

William Faulkner, 1954

William Faulkner, 1954 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Faulkner, the edifice, the unapproachable, his wholly original body of work. Many have tried to scale it and imitate; all have failed. And yet what a generous, big hearted spirit to have offered the advice in this quote. You can feel the force of his compassion for and understanding of other writers’ confusion and struggles  in these words

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logowb“At one time I thought the most important thing was talent. I think now that — the young man or the young woman must possess or teach himself, train himself, in infinite patience, which is to try and to try and to try until it comes right. He must train himself in ruthless intolerance. That is, to throw away anything that is false no matter how much he might love that page or that paragraph. The most important thing is insight, that is … curiosity to wonder, to mull, and to muse why it is that man does what he does. And if you have that, then I don’t think the talent makes much difference, whether you’ve got that or not.”

~ William Faulkner

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About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger.
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One Response to Quote of the Week via www.WriterzBlox.net ~ May 17th, 2013

  1. Pingback: Until the Last Ding Dong of Doom: Faulkner’s Nobel Acceptance Address Still Speaks Volumes to Us as Writers Today | Margaret Langstaff

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