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

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


4 Replies to “Quote of the Week via www.WriterzBlox.net ~ May 17th, 2013”

  1. Reblogged this on Margaret Langstaff and commented:
    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 and understanding for other writers in these words

  2. Shoot! The devil is in the details. Here’s the scoop from Nobel.org— “William Faulkner received his Nobel Prize one year later, in 1950. During the selection process in 1949, the Nobel Committee for Literature decided that none of the year’s nominations met the criteria as outlined in the will of Alfred Nobel. According to the Nobel Foundation’s statutes, the Nobel Prize can in such a case be reserved until the following year, and this statute was then applied. William Faulkner therefore received his Nobel Prize for 1949 one year later, in 1950.”

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