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A Dream is Not a Safe Thing to be Near

Posted By Alex Belth On September 26, 2012 @ 8:59 am In 1: Featured,Arts and Culture,Bookish,Creative Process,Links: Interviews | Comments Disabled

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Head on over to Flavorwire for these pearls of wisdom from William Faulkner [2]

“Read, read, read. Read everything —trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.” – Statement at the University of Mississippi, 1947

“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

[Image Via: The Economist [3]]


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[2] Flavorwire for these pearls of wisdom from William Faulkner: http://www.flavorwire.com/331385/the-best-life-advice-from-william-faulkner?all=1

[3] The Economist: http://moreintelligentlife.com/taxonomy/term/840?page=37

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