Quote of the Week: The immortality of man – William Faulkner

by Anna Blanch on August 25, 2008

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 privlege 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. The poet’s voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to him endure and prevail. – William Faulkner

This is an excerpt of William Faulkner’s acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize for Literature, given 10 December, 1950 in Stockholm, Sweeden.

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