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Tennessee Williams Quote: “I don’t want realism. I want magic!”

I don’t want realism. I want magic!

— Tennessee Williams



Tennessee Williams Quote: “Time is the longest distance between two places.”

Time is the longest distance between two places.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “Luck is believing you’re lucky.”

Luck is believing you’re lucky.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “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


Tennessee Williams Quote: “A prayer for the wild at heart kept in cages.”

A prayer for the wild at heart kept in cages.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “Kill off all my demons and my angels might die too.”

Kill off all my demons and my angels might die too.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “The helpless can’t help the helpless.”

The helpless can’t help the helpless.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors.”

There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that’s also a hypocrite!”

The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that’s also a hypocrite!

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go.”

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

— Tennessee Williams



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

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

— Tennessee Williams


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

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

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “Make voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else.”

Make voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “The only unforgivable sin is deliberate cruelty.”

The only unforgivable sin is deliberate cruelty.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.”

All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “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.”

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


Tennessee Williams Quote: “I don’t want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don’t tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth. And it that’s sinful, then let me be damned for it!”

I don’t want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don’t tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth. And it that’s sinful, then let me be damned for it!

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “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


Tennessee Williams Quote: “The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.”

The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.

— Tennessee Williams



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

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

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “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


Tennessee Williams Quote: “To change is to live, to live is to change, and not to change is to die.”

To change is to live, to live is to change, and not to change is to die.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “You can be young without money but you can’t be old without it.”

You can be young without money but you can’t be old without it.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “I’ve got the guts to die. What I want to know is, have you got the guts to live?”

I’ve got the guts to die. What I want to know is, have you got the guts to live?

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.”

Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “Oh you weak, beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of you.”

Oh you weak, beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of you.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “Security is a kind of death.”

Security is a kind of death.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.”

A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “Revolution only needs good dreamers who remember their dreams.”

Revolution only needs good dreamers who remember their dreams.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable. – Blanche Dubois.”

Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable. – Blanche Dubois.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “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


Tennessee Williams Quote: “Snatching the eternal out of the desperately fleeting is the great magic trick of human existence.”

Snatching the eternal out of the desperately fleeting is the great magic trick of human existence.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “We are all of us born, live and die in the shadow of a giant question mark that refers to three questions: Where do we come from? Why? And where, oh where, are we going!”

We are all of us born, live and die in the shadow of a giant question mark that refers to three questions: Where do we come from? Why? And where, oh where, are we going!

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “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


Tennessee Williams Quote: “Nobody sees anybody truly but only through the flaws of their own ego.”

Nobody sees anybody truly but only through the flaws of their own ego.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “Physical beauty is passing – a transitory possession – but beauty of the mind, richness of the spirit, tenderness of the heart – I have all these things – aren’t taken away but grow! Increase with the years!”

Physical beauty is passing – a transitory possession – but beauty of the mind, richness of the spirit, tenderness of the heart – I have all these things – aren’t taken away but grow! Increase with the years!

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “Friends are God’s way of apologizing to us for our families.”

Friends are God’s way of apologizing to us for our families.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “In memory everything seems to happen to music.”

In memory everything seems to happen to music.

— Tennessee Williams


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

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

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “Why is it so damn hard for people to talk?”

Why is it so damn hard for people to talk?

— Tennessee Williams


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

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

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “I think that hate is a feeling that can only exist where there is no understanding.”

I think that hate is a feeling that can only exist where there is no understanding.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “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


Tennessee Williams Quote: “Death is one moment, and life is so many of them.”

Death is one moment, and life is so many of them.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “The future is called ‘perhaps,’ which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the 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 important thing is not to allow that to scare you.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “Don’t you think there is always something unspoken between two people?”

Don’t you think there is always something unspoken between two people?

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “Nothing human disgusts me unless it’s unkind.”

Nothing human disgusts me unless it’s unkind.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “Living with someone you love can be lonelier than living entirely alone, if the on that you love doesn’t love you.”

Living with someone you love can be lonelier than living entirely alone, if the on that you love doesn’t love you.

— Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams Quote: “In all these years, you never believed I loved you. And I did. I did so much. I did love you. I even loved your hate and your hardness.”

In all these years, you never believed I loved you. And I did. I did so much. I did love you. I even loved your hate and your hardness.

— Tennessee Williams

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