Tennessee Williams Quotes

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Tennessee Williams quotes: Luck is believing you're lucky. Luck is believing you're lucky.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Caged birds accept each other, but flight is what they long for. Caged birds accept each other, but flight is what they long for.
Tennessee Williams quotes: To be free is to have achieved your life. To be free is to have achieved your life.
Tennessee Williams quotes: You see, baby, after a glass or two of wine I'm inclined to extravagance. You see, baby, after a glass or two of wine I'm inclined to extravagance.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Success and failure are equally disastrous. Success and failure are equally disastrous.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Sometimes - there's God - so quickly! Sometimes - there's God - so quickly!
Tennessee Williams quotes: There's a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go. There's a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Things have a way of turning out so badly. Things have a way of turning out so badly.
Tennessee Williams quotes: I respect a person that has had to fight and howl for his decency. I respect a person that has had to fight and howl for his decency.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Personal lyricism is the outcry of prisoner to prisoner from the cell in solitary where each is confined for the duration of his life. Personal lyricism is the outcry of prisoner to prisoner from the cell in solitary where each is confined for the duration of his life.
Tennessee Williams quotes: America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland. America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans.
Everywhere else is Cleveland.
Tennessee Williams quotes: I always said little Truman had a voice so high it could only be detected by bats. I always said little Truman had a voice so high it could only be detected by bats.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Jim lights a cigarette and leans indolently back on his elbow smiling at Laura with a warmth and charm which lights her inwardly with altar candles. Jim lights a cigarette and leans indolently back on his elbow smiling at Laura with a warmth and charm which lights her inwardly with altar candles.
Tennessee Williams quotes: I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action. I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Openings come quickly, sometimes, like blue space in running clouds. A complete overcast, then a blaze of light ... Openings come quickly, sometimes, like blue space in running clouds. A complete overcast, then a blaze of light ...
Tennessee Williams quotes: Every time you come in yelling that God damn "Rise and Shine!" "Rise and Shine!" I say to myself, "How lucky dead people are! Every time you come in yelling that God damn "Rise and Shine!" "Rise and Shine!" I say to myself, "How lucky dead people are!
Tennessee Williams quotes: I know all about the tyranny of women. I know all about the tyranny of women.
Tennessee Williams quotes: The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It's inflammatory. The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It's inflammatory.
Tennessee Williams quotes: I can't expose a human weakness on the stage unless I know it through having it myself. I can't expose a human weakness on the stage unless I know it through having it myself.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Big Daddy: Ignorance - of morality - is a comfort. Big Daddy: Ignorance - of morality - is a comfort.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Some single men stop drinking when they git married and others start! Some single men stop drinking when they git married and others start!
Tennessee Williams quotes: The future is called "perhaps", which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the only important thing is not to allow that to scare you. The future is called "perhaps", which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the only important thing is not to allow that to scare you.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Only animals have to satisfy instincts! Surely your aims are somewhat higher than theirs! Than monkeys! Pigs! Only animals have to satisfy instincts! Surely your aims are somewhat higher than theirs! Than monkeys! Pigs!
Tennessee Williams quotes: A man, when he burns, leaves only a handful of ashes. No woman can hold him. The wind must blow him away. A man, when he burns, leaves only a handful of ashes. No woman can hold him. The wind must blow him away.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Everybody is nothing until you love them. Everybody is nothing until you love them.
Tennessee Williams quotes: I want to infect you with the tremendous excitement of living, because I believe that you have the strength to bear it. I want to infect you with the tremendous excitement of living, because I believe that you have the strength to bear it.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Don't look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you'll know you're dead. Don't look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you'll know you're dead.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Take by surprise and the world gives up resistance. Take by surprise and the world gives up resistance.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Love, all at once and much, much too completely. It's like you suddenly turn a blinding light on something that had always been half a shadow ... Love, all at once and much, much too completely. It's like you suddenly turn a blinding light on something that had always been half a shadow ...
Tennessee Williams quotes: He would die early, since nothing so fair could decline by common degrees in a faded season. He would die early, since nothing so fair could decline by common degrees in a faded season.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Of coherency, I usually attempt it. Of coherency, I usually attempt it.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Why is it so damn hard for people to talk? Why is it so damn hard for people to talk?
Tennessee Williams quotes: I gave up visiting my psychoanalyst because he was meddling too much in my private life. I gave up visiting my psychoanalyst because he was meddling too much in my private life.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Luck is believing your lucky. Luck is believing your lucky.
Tennessee Williams quotes: I think time is a merciless thing. I think life is a process of burning oneself out and time is the fire that burns you. I think time is a merciless thing. I think life is a process of burning oneself out and time is the fire that burns you.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Nothing human disgusts me unless its unkind Nothing human disgusts me unless its unkind
Tennessee Williams quotes: It's almost impossible for anybody to believe that they're not loved by someone they believe they love. But honey, I love nobody. It's almost impossible for anybody to believe that they're not loved by someone they believe they love. But honey, I love nobody.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Val: Why do you go out there?Sandra: Because dead people give such good advice.Val: What advice do they give?Sandra: Just one word- live! Val: Why do you go out there?
Sandra: Because dead people give such good advice.
Val: What advice do they give?
Sandra: Just one word- live!
Tennessee Williams quotes: The human animal is a beast that dies but the fact that he's dying don't give him pity for others. The human animal is a beast that dies but the fact that he's dying don't give him pity for others.
Tennessee Williams quotes: My only point, the only point that I'm making, is life has got to be allowed to continue even after the dream of life isallover ... My only point, the only point that I'm making, is life has got to be allowed to continue even after the dream of life is
all
over ...
Tennessee Williams quotes: Most of the confidence which I appear to feel, especially when influenced by noon wine, is only a pretense. Most of the confidence which I appear to feel, especially when influenced by noon wine, is only a pretense.
Tennessee Williams quotes: If I got rid of my demons, I'd lose my angels. If I got rid of my demons, I'd lose my angels.
Tennessee Williams quotes: For a creative person there's just as much pleasure in writing an eight-line poem as there is in writing a blockbuster play ... of the old '50s type. For a creative person there's just as much pleasure in writing an eight-line poem as there is in writing a blockbuster play ... of the old '50s type.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Big Daddy: Ignorance - of mortality - is a comfort. Big Daddy: Ignorance - of mortality - is a comfort.
Tennessee Williams quotes: No, truth is something desperate, an' she's got it. Believe me, it's something desperate, an' she's got it. No, truth is something desperate, an' she's got it. Believe me, it's something desperate, an' she's got it.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Only some radical change can divert the downward course of my spirit, some startling new place or people to arrest the drift, the drag. Only some radical change can divert the downward course of my spirit, some startling new place or people to arrest the drift, the drag.
Tennessee Williams quotes: What's talent but the ability to get away with something? What's talent but the ability to get away with something?
Tennessee Williams quotes: Is a lifetime long enough to hold the regret that I have for that fantastically aborted but crazily sweet love affair? Is a lifetime long enough to hold the regret that I have for that fantastically aborted but crazily sweet love affair?
Tennessee Williams quotes: The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks. The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.
Tennessee Williams quotes: All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness. All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory. Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.
Tennessee Williams quotes: It's no tragedy, Freckles. Glass breaks so easily. No matter how careful you are. It's no tragedy, Freckles. Glass breaks so easily. No matter how careful you are.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Sometimes a man has got to hock his sweet used-to-be in order to finance his present situation... Sometimes a man has got to hock his sweet used-to-be in order to finance his present situation...
Tennessee Williams quotes: All pretty girls are a trap, a pretty trap, and men expect them to be. All pretty girls are a trap, a pretty trap, and men expect them to be.
Tennessee Williams quotes: We are all civilized people, wich means that we are all savages at heart but observing a few amenities of civilized behaviour. We are all civilized people, wich means that we are all savages at heart but observing a few amenities of civilized behaviour.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Human beings dream of life everlasting, that's the reason! But most of them want it on earth and not in heaven. Human beings dream of life everlasting, that's the reason! But most of them want it on earth and not in heaven.
Tennessee Williams quotes: I don't think a married couple can go through life without laughs together any more than they can without tears. I don't think a married couple can go through life without laughs together any more than they can without tears.
Tennessee Williams quotes: This play is dedicated to the memory of Clarence Darrow, The Great Defender, whose mental frontiers were the four corners of the sky. This play is dedicated to the memory of Clarence Darrow, The Great Defender, whose mental frontiers were the four corners of the sky.
Tennessee Williams quotes: I've been accused of having a death wish but I think it's life that I wish for, terribly, shamelessly, on any terms whatsoever. I've been accused of having a death wish but I think it's life that I wish for, terribly, shamelessly, on any terms whatsoever.
Tennessee Williams quotes: There are no "good" or "bad" people. Some are a little better or a little worse, but all are activated more by misunderstanding than malice. There are no "good" or "bad" people. Some are a little better or a little worse, but all are activated more by misunderstanding than malice.
Tennessee Williams quotes: It is planned speeches that contain lies or dissimulations, not what you blurt out so spontaneously in one instant. It is planned speeches that contain lies or dissimulations, not what you blurt out so spontaneously in one instant.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Just another four-letter word. Just another four-letter word.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Morning can always be counted on to bring us back to a more realistic level. Morning can always be counted on to bring us back to a more realistic level.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Like a Cat on a hot tin roof Like a Cat on a hot tin roof
Tennessee Williams quotes: All of us are guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress. All of us are guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Don't you understand? I was PROCURING for him. Don't you understand? I was PROCURING for him.
Tennessee Williams quotes: I'll be all right in a minute, I'm just bewildered - by life ... I'll be all right in a minute, I'm just bewildered - by life ...
Tennessee Williams quotes: Young, gifted, and destitute... Young, gifted, and destitute...
Tennessee Williams quotes: The work of a writer, his continuing work, depends for breath of life on a certain privacy of heart. The work of a writer, his continuing work, depends for breath of life on a certain privacy of heart.
Tennessee Williams quotes: A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with. A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.
Tennessee Williams quotes: The Jefferson is such a dignified hotel / There is no such thing. The Jefferson is such a dignified hotel / There is no such thing.
Tennessee Williams quotes: You'll be surprised how infinitely merciful they [these tablets] are. The prescription number is 96814. I think of it as the telephone number of God! You'll be surprised how infinitely merciful they [these tablets] are. The prescription number is 96814. I think of it as the telephone number of God!
Tennessee Williams quotes: Keep awake, alive, new. Perform the paradox of being hard and yet soft. Survive without calcification of the tender membranes. Be a poet. Be alive. Keep awake, alive, new. Perform the paradox of being hard and yet soft. Survive without calcification of the tender membranes. Be a poet. Be alive.
Tennessee Williams quotes: The object of art is to make eternal the desperately fleeting moment. The object of art is to make eternal the desperately fleeting moment.
Tennessee Williams quotes: I saw that it was all over, put away in a box like a doll no longer cared for, the magical intimacy of our childhood together I saw that it was all over, put away in a box like a doll no longer cared for, the magical intimacy of our childhood together
Tennessee Williams quotes: They told me to take a streetcar named Desire and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at - Elysian Fields! They told me to take a streetcar named Desire and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at - Elysian Fields!
Tennessee Williams quotes: It's hard enough for me to write what I want to write without me trying to write what you say they want me to write which I don't want to It's hard enough for me to write what I want to write without me trying to write what you say they want me to write which I don't want to write.
Tennessee Williams quotes: But I think the spirit of man is a good adversary But I think the spirit of man is a good adversary
Tennessee Williams quotes: Being a memory play, it is dimly lighted, it is sentimental. It is not realistic. Being a memory play, it is dimly lighted, it is sentimental. It is not realistic.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Being disappointed is one thing and being discouraged is something else. I am disappointed but I am not discouraged. Being disappointed is one thing and being discouraged is something else. I am disappointed but I am not discouraged.
Tennessee Williams quotes: Man is by instinct a lover, a hunter, a fighter. Man is by instinct a lover, a hunter, a fighter.
Tennessee Williams quotes: I'm not living with you. We occupy the same cage. (Maggie) I'm not living with you. We occupy the same cage. (Maggie)