Wednesday, December 3, 2008

endure and prevail

Photograph by Carl Mydans, 1962.

The poet's, the writer's privilege is 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 help him endure and prevail.
- William Faulkner [1897-1962], abridgment from Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Stockholm, December 10, 1950