William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner, (1897-1962)

William Faulkner Quote

“Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”

William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

I try to live by this statement. The products I manufactured were the best in the world. I never ceased trying to improve.

jim k, Austin

I always try, except when I don't.

E Archer, NYC

I am more into the kinds of sports where it is me vs. the mountain.

Ronw13, OR
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Ronw13, OR    6/7/18

Thinking outside the box of accepted orthodoxy, To perceive a house unseen, grown dusty and left unclean. Mark the corners and sweep the steps of Statelier times than these.
" All are architects of Fate,
Working in these walls of Time;
Some with massive deeds and great,
Some with ornaments of rhyme.
Nothing useless is, or low;
Each thing in its place is best;
and what seems as idle show
Strengthens ans supports the rest.
For the structure that we raise,
Time is with materials filled;
Our todays and yesterdays
Are the blocks with which we build.
Truly shape and fashion these;
Leave no yawning gaps between;
Think not, because no man sees,
Such things will remain unseen.
In the elder days of Art,
Builders wrought with greatest care
Each minute and unseen part;
for the gods see everywhere.
Let us do our work as well,
Both the unseen and the seen;
Make the house were gods may dwell
Beautiful, entire, and clean.
Else our lives are incomplete,
Standing in these walls of Time,
Broken stairways , where the feet
Stumble, as they seek to climb."
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "The Builders"


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