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William Faulkner
1897 - 1952

American author and poet, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1949) for The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying, author of numerous other works


I believe that man will not merely endure, he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet's, the writer's, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past.

Dec. 10, 1950 - from his speech accepting the Nobel Prize