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Top 250 Tennessee Williams Quotes (2023 Update)
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Tennessee Williams Quote: “If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Death is one moment, and life is so many of them.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “I respect a person that has had to fight and howl for his decency.”
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.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “The object of art is to make eternal the desperately fleeting moment.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Don’t you think there is always something unspoken between two people?”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Men don’t want anything they get too easy. But on the other hand, men lose interest quickly.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “The name of a person you love is more than language.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Some things are not forgiveable. Deliberate cruelty is not forgiveable. It is the most unforgiveable thing in my opinion, and the one thing in which I have never, ever been guilty.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “A man, when he burns, leaves only a handful of ashes. No woman can hold him. The wind must blow him away.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “How beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Everybody is nothing until you love them.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “They chatter together like birds on Cypress Hill, but all they say is ‘Live, live, live, live, live!’ It’s all they’ve learned, it’s the only advice they can give.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Success and failure are equally disastrous.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “All good art is an indiscretion.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “To be free is to have achieved your life.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Go, then! Go to the moon-you selfish dreamer!”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “The theatre is a place where one has time for the problems of people to whom one would show the door if they came to one’s office for a job.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “People go to the movies instead of moving.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Guessing isn’t knowing.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Just another four-letter word.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Sometimes – there’s God – so quickly!”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Don’t you just love those long rainy afternoons in New Orleans when an hour isn’t just an hour – but a little piece of eternity dropped into your hands – and who knows what to do with it?”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “People go to the movies instead of moving. Hollywood characters are supposed to have all the adventures for everybody in America, while everybody in America sits in a dark room and watches them have them.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “All my life I have been haunted by the obsession that to desire a thing or to love a thing intensely is to place yourself in a vulnerable position, to be a possible, if not a probable, loser of what you most want. Let’s leave it like that.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Devils can be driven out of the heart by the touch of a hand on a hand, or a mouth on a mouth.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “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 Quote: “Time doesn’t take away from friendship, nor does separation.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “But since I have a poet’s weakness for symbols, I am using this character also as a symbol; he is the long-delayed but always expected something that we live for.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “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 Quote: “All of us are guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “If you can’t be yourself, what’s the point of being anyone else?”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “The world is violent and mercurial – it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love – love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer; being a painter; being a friend. We live in a perpetually burning building, and what we must save from it, all the time, is love.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “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, like something gold you let go of – and I can! I’m determined to do it – and nothing’s more determined than a cat on a tin roof – is there?”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “The world is a funny paper read backwards. And that way it isn’t so funny.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle, you are equipped with the basic means of salvation.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “I try to work every day because you have no refuge but writing. When you’re going through a period of unhappiness, a broken love affair, the death of someone you love, or some other disorder in your life, then you have no refuge but writing.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Being a memory play, it is dimly lighted, it is sentimental. It is not realistic.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Marriage is an economic arrangement in many ways, let’s face it.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “What on earth can you do on this earth but catch at whatever comes near you, with both your fingers, until your fingers are broken?”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “The scene is memory and is therefore nonrealistic. Memory takes a lot of poetic license. It omits some details; others are exaggerated, according to the emotional value of the articles it touches, for memory is seated predominantly in the heart.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “You said, ‘They’re harmless dreamers and they’re loved by the people.’ ‘What,’ I asked you, ‘is harmless about a dreamer, and what,’ I asked you, ’is harmless about the love of the people? Revolution only needs good dreamers who remember their dreams.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “I want to rest. I want to breathe quietly again.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “I am more faithful than I intended to be!”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “All creative work, all life in a sense, is a cri de coeur.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Is a lifetime long enough to hold the regret that I have for that fantastically aborted but crazily sweet love affair?”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “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. A blindness to what is going on in each other’s hearts... Nobody sees anybody truly but all through the flaws of their own egos. That is the way we all see each other in life.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “I don’t want realism, I want magic! Yes, yes, magic!”
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