The Best Life Advice from William Faulkner

“All of us failed to match our dream of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible. In my opinion, if I could write all my work again, I am convinced that I would do it better, which is the healthiest condition for an artist. That’s why he keeps on working, trying again; he believes each time that this time he will do it, bring it off. Of course he won’t, which is why this condition is healthy.” – Interview with The Paris Review, 1956

“[A]ny language if it is not changing will not last long. That is, the only alternative to change and progress is death.” – Faulkner in the University

“Unless you’re ashamed of yourself now and then, you’re not honest.”