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THE SOUND AND THE FURY

by: William Faulkner


No battle is ever won.... They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.

A man is the sum of his misfortunes.

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.

You're not a poor baby. Are you. Are you. You've got your Caddy. Haven't you got your Caddy.

They aint no luck going be on no place where one of they own chillen's name aint never spoke.

There was something terrible in me sometimes at night I could see it grinning at me I could see it through them grinning at me through their faces it's gone now and I'm sick.

Purity is a negative state and therefore contrary to nature.

I could not be a virgin, with so many of them walking along in the shadows and whispering with their soft girl voices lingering in the shadowy places and the words coming out and perfume and eyes you could feel not see, but if it was that simple to do it wouldn't be anything and if it wasn't anything, what was I?

Once a bitch always a bitch, what I say.

I'm bad and I'm going to hell, and I don't care. I'd rather be in hell than anywhere where you are.

I never promise a woman anything nor let her know what I'm going to give her. That's the only way to manage them. Always keep them guessing. If you cant think of any other way to surprise them, give them a bust in the jaw.

She had been a big woman once but now her skeleton rose, draped loosely in unpadded skin that tightened again upon a paunch almost dropsical, as though muscle and tissue had been courage or fortitude which the days or the years had consumed until only the indomitable skeleton was left rising like a ruin or a landmark above the somnolent and impervious guts.

I seed de beginnin, en now I sees de endin.