quote Ruthless Intolerance – Faulkner

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,  training himself, in infinite patience, which is 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 to be–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 it or not

.- William Faulkner


  1. Strong article. I know throwing out pieces I have written and labored over is very difficult, but sometimes it has to be done. :\

    I wholeheartedly agree with the final sentence, I think the most important thing in writing is making readers feel rather than just read. To do that the writer needs to feel passionate about what they’re writing but it also needs to relate to the reader, which is what we do by writing about the things man does and why.


  2. I think in my own style of writing that sometimes it is almost exhausting, this tearing off pieces of ourselves to put into a writing piece. Sometimes it comes gently and other times it feels as if you are digging at a splinter buried deep in the flesh, you know you should let it soak and wait.. but it is there causing you pain because it needs to come out.


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