As I Lay Dying is a 1930 Southern Gothic novel by American author William Faulkner. Faulkner’s fifth novel, it is consistently ranked among the best novels of 20th-century literature. Profoundly inspirational As I Lay Dying quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.
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Famous As I Lay Dying Quotes
I don’t know what I am. I don’t know if I am or not. Jewel knows he is Yet the wagon is, because when the wagon is, Addie Bundren will not be. And Jewel is, so Addie Bundren must be. And I then must be William Faulkner, ‘As I Lay Dying
I am not crying now. I am not anything.
The reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time. William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
I would be durn if it didn’t give me the creeps.
We go on, with a motion so soporific, so dreamlike as to be indifferent to progress, as though time and not space were decreasing between us and it. Darl, William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
The reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time.
I knew that nobody but a luckless man could ever need a doctor in the face of a cyclone Peabody, William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
My mother is a fish.
Jewel, fifteen feet behind me, looking straight ahead, steps in a single stride through the window. Still staring straight ahead, his pale eyes like wood set into his wooden face, he crosses the floor in four strides with the rigid gravity of a cigar store Indian dressed in patched overalls and endued with life from the hips down. William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
The dead air shapes the dead darkness, further away than seeing shapes the dead earth.
Sometimes I lose faith in human nature for a time; I am assailed by doubt. William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
I don’t know if a little music ain’t about the nicest thing a fellow can have.
I believe in God, God. God, I believe in God. William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
One lick less. One lick less and we could be quiet.
It takes two people to make you, and one people to die. That’s how the world is going to end. William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
I know my own sin. I know that I deserve my punishment. I do not begrudge it.
See what a good one I am making for you. I told him to go somewhere else. William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
Life was created in the valleys. It blew up onto the hills on the old yours, the old lusts, the old despairs. That’s why you must walk up the hills do you can ride down.
People to whom sin is just a matter of words, to them salvation is just words too. William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
At first I would not go because there might be something I could do and I would not go because there might be something I could do and I would have to haul her back.
You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore. William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
I tried to do as she wished. The Lord will pardon me and excuse the conduct of them He sent me.
Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
Now and then a fellow gets to thinking. About all the sorrow and afflictions in this world; how it’s liable to strike anywhere, like lightning.
The quilt is drawn up to her chin, hot as it is, with only her two hands and her face outside. She is propped on the pillow, with her head raised so she can see out the window, and we can hear him every time he takes up the adze or the saw. If we were deaf we could almost watch her face and hear him, see him. Her face is wasted away so that the bones draw just under the skin in white lines. Her eyes are like two candles when you watch them gutter down into the sockets of iron candlesticks But the eternal and the everlasting salvation and grace is not upon her. William Faulkner,As I Lay Dying
I don’t know what I am. I don’t know if I am or not.
Life was created in the valleys. It blew up onto the hills on the old terrors, the old lusts, the old despairs. That’s why you must walk up the hills so you can ride down. William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
He had a word, too. Love, he called it. But I had been used to words for a long time. I knew that that word was like the others: just a shape to fill a lack.
The wagon moves; the mules’ ears begin to bob. Behind us, above the house, motionless in tall and soaring circles, they diminish and disappear. William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
I am the chosen of the Lord, for who He love, so doeth He chastiseth. But I be firm if He dont take some curious ways to show it, seems like.
I give that money. I thought that if I could do without eating, my sons could do without riding. God knows I did William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
Cash is wet to the skin. Yet the motion of the saw has not faltered, as though it and the arm functioned in a tranquil conviction that rain was an illusion of the mind
It was not her. I was there, looking. I saw. I thought it was her, but it was not. It was not my mother. She went away when the other one laid down in her bed and drew the quilt up. She went away. Did she go as far as town? She went further than town.Did all those rabbits and possums go further than town. İWilliam Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
It wasn’t on a balance. I told them that if they wanted it to tote and ride on a balance, they would have to
My mother is a fish. William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
People to whom sin is just a matter of words, to them salvation is just words too.
Sometimes I think it aint none of us pure crazy and aint none of us pure sane until the balance of us talks him that a way. It’s like it aint so much what a fellow does, but it’s the way the majority of folks is looking at him when he does it. Cash Bundren, As I Lay Dying
Memory believes before knowing remembers.
What you got in you aint nothing to what I got in me, even if you are a woman too. William Faulkner,As I Lay Dying
The reason you will not say it is, when you say it, even to yourself, you will know it is true.
I could just remember how my father used to say that the reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
I could just remember how my father used to say that the reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time.