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'The Sound and the Fury' Quotes

William Faulkner's Famous & Controversial Classic

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The Sound and the Fury is a complex and controversial novel. The work is set in the Deep South, and is written by William Faulkner--who is often recognized as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. This important novel is required reading for many high school and college students, but it's also an interesting study of humanity. Take a look at quotes from The Sound and the Fury.
  • "I seemed to be lying neither asleep nor awake looking down a long corridor of gray halflight where all stable things had become shadowy paradoxical all I had done shadows all I had felt suffered taking visible form antic and perverse mocking without relevance inherent themselves"
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, June Second, 1910


  • the dungeon was Mother herself she and Father upward into weak light holding hands and us lost somewhere below even them without a ray of light."
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, June Second, 1910


  • "A fine dead sound we will swap Benjy's pasture for a fine dead sound."
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, June Second, 1910


  • "it was to isolate her out of the loud world so that it would have to flee us of necessity and then the sound of it would be as though it had never been"
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, June Second, 1910


  • "Once a bitch always a bitch, what I say"
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, April Sixth, 1928


  • "Ask her what became of those checks. You saw her burn one of them, as I remember"
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, April Sixth, 1928


  • "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"
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, April Sixth, 1928


  • "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."
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, April Sixth, 1928


  • "I began to feel sort of funny and so I decided to walk around for a while"
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, April Sixth, 1928


  • "Mother was going to fire Dilsey and send Ben to Jackson and take Quentin and go away"
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, April Sixth, 1928


  • "I'm glad I haven't got the sort of conscience I've got to nurse like a sick puppy all the time"
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, April Sixth, 1928


  • "If I'm bad, it's because I had to be. You made me. I wish I was dead. I wish we were all dead"
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, April Sixth, 1928


  • "Sometimes I think she is the judgment of both of them upon me"
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, April Sixth, 1928


  • "And just let me have twenty-four hours without any damn New York jew to advise me what it's going to do."
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, April Sixth, 1928


  • "I just want an even chance to get my money back. And once I've done that they can bring all Beale street and all bedlam in here and two of them can sleep in my bed and another one can have my place at my table too"
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, April Sixth, 1928


  • "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"
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, April Eighth, 1928


  • "It was as different as day and dark from his former tone, with a sad, timbrous quality like an alto horn, sinking into their hearts and speaking there again when it had ceased in fading and cumulate echoes"
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, April Eighth, 1928


  • "I got de ricklickshun en de blood of de Lamb!"
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, April Eighth, 1928


  • "I seed de beginnin, en now I sees de endin"
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, April Eighth, 1928


  • "harshly recapitulant, seeming to get an actual pleasure out of his outrage and impotence. The sheriff did not appear to be listening at all"
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, April Eighth, 1928


  • "Of his niece he did not think at all, nor of the arbitrary valuation of the money. Neither of them had had entity or individuality for him for ten years; together they merely symbolised the job in the bank of which he had been deprived before he ever got it"
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, April Eighth, 1928


  • "Caddy! Beller now. Caddy! Caddy! Caddy!"
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, April Eighth, 1928


  • "There was more than astonishment in it, it was horror; shock; agony eyeless, tongueless; just sound, and Luster's eyes backrolling for a white instant"
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, April Eighth, 1928


  • "The broken flower drooped over Ben's fist and his eyes were empty and blue and serene again as cornice and façade flowed smoothly once more from left to right, post and tree, window and doorway and signboard each in its ordered place"
    - William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, April Eighth, 1928


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