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"Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving."
Erma Bombeck
Tennessee Williams Quotes
A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.
Tennessee Williams

A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages.
Tennessee Williams

A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.
Tennessee Williams

All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
Tennessee Williams

All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.
Tennessee Williams

Bohemia has no banner. It survives by discretion.
Tennessee Williams

Don't look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you'll know you're dead.
Tennessee Williams

Everyone says he's sincere, but everyone isn't sincere. If everyone was sincere who says he's sincere there wouldn't be half so many insincere ones in the world and there would be lots, lots, lots more really sincere ones!
Tennessee Williams

For time is the longest distance between two places.
Tennessee Williams

Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person.
Tennessee Williams

I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.
Tennessee Williams

I have always been pushed by the negative. The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my typewriter that very night, before the reviews are out. I am more compelled to get back to work than if I had a success.
Tennessee Williams

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
Tennessee Williams

I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person. But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really.
Tennessee Williams

If I am no longer disturbed myself, I will deal less with disturbed people, but I don't regret having concerned myself with them because I think most of us are disturbed.
Tennessee Williams

If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.
Tennessee Williams

In memory everything seems to happen to music.
Tennessee Williams

It is almost as if you were frantically constructing another world while the world that you live in dissolves beneath your feet, and that your survival depends on completing this construction at least one second before the old habitation collapses.
Tennessee Williams

Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.
Tennessee Williams

Luck is believing you're lucky.
Tennessee Williams

Luxury is the wolf at the door and its fangs are the vanities and conceits germinated by success. When an artist learns this, he knows where the danger is.
Tennessee Williams

Make voyages! Attempt them... there's nothing else.
Tennessee Williams

Maybe they weren't punks at all, but New York drama critics.
Tennessee Williams

Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out an death's the other.
Tennessee Williams

Most of the confidence which I appear to feel, especially when influenced by noon wine, is only a pretense.
Tennessee Williams

Oh, Jacques, we're used to each other, we're a pair of captive hawks caught in the same cage, and so we've grown used to each other. That's what passes for love at this dim, shadowy end of the Camino Real.
Tennessee Williams

Oh, you weak, beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of you - gently, with love, and hand your life back to you.
Tennessee Williams

Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle, you are equipped with the basic means of salvation.
Tennessee Williams

Some mystery should be left in the revelation of character in a play, just as a great deal of mystery is always left in the revelation of character in life, even in one's own character to himself.
Tennessee Williams

Success and failure are equally disastrous.
Tennessee Williams

Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it... Success is shy - it won't come out while you're watching.
Tennessee Williams

The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It's inflammatory.
Tennessee Williams

The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that's also a hypocrite!
Tennessee Williams

The strongest influences in my life and my work are always whomever I love. Whomever I love and am with most of the time, or whomever I remember most vividly. I think that's true of everyone, don't you?
Tennessee Williams

The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.
Tennessee Williams

There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.
Tennessee Williams

This country of endured but unendurable pain.
Tennessee Williams

Time is the longest distance between two places.
Tennessee Williams

Time rushes towards us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.
Tennessee Williams

To be free is to have achieved your life.
Tennessee Williams

We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it.
Tennessee Williams

We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.
Tennessee Williams

We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal.
Tennessee Williams

We're all of us guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.
Tennessee Williams

We're all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life!
Tennessee Williams

What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it's curved like a road through mountains.
Tennessee Williams

When I stop working the rest of the day is posthumous. I'm only really alive when I'm writing.
Tennessee Williams

When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.
Tennessee Williams

You can be young without money but you can't be old without it.
Tennessee Williams

You've got many refinements. I don't think you need to worry about your failure at long division. I mean, after all, you got through short division, and short division is all that a lady ought to be called on to cope with.
Tennessee Williams

Type:
Dramatist
Date of Birth:
1911-03-26
Year of Death:
1983
Nationality:
American
 

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