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Top 250 Tennessee Williams Quotes (2023 Update)
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Tennessee Williams Quote: “All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “The work of a writer, his continuing work, depends for breath of life on a certain privacy of heart.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Perhaps the most vivid recollection of my youth is that of the local wheelmen, led by my father, stopping at our home to eat pone, sip mint juleps, and flog the field hands. This more than anything cultivated my life-long aversion to bicycles.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “I met her last summer on a moonlight boat trip...”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Everything diminishes with time, my darling, but my feelings for certain people pierce me daily, and it is no illusion that they center me and let me know who I am, and let me know that I have loved and have been loved, no matter how badly or clumsily.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Life is an unanswered question, but let’s still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Man is by instinct a lover, a hunter, a fighter, and none of those instincts are given much play at the warehouse!”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “But there are things that happen between a man and a woman in the dark – that sort of make everything else seem – unimportant.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Glass breaks so easily. No matter how careful you are.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Symbols are nothing but the natural speech of drama.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Girls that aren’t cut out for business careers usually wind up married to some nice man.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Well, honey, a shot never does a coke any harm!”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “The human animal is a beast that dies but the fact that he’s dying don’t give him pity for others.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Hysteria is a natural phenomenon, the common denominator of the female nature. It’s the female weapon and the test of a man is his ability to cope with it.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “All pretty girls are a trap, a pretty trap, and men expect them to be.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “And funerals are pretty compared to deaths.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “And then the searchlight which had been turned on the world was turned off again and never for one moment since has there been any light that’s stronger than this-kitchen-candle...”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Oh, you can’t describe someone you’re in love with!”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Maggie, we’re through with lies and liars in this house. Lock the door.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “A fragile, unearthly prettiness has come out in Laura: she is like a piece of translucent glass touched by light, given a momentary radiance, not actual, not lasting.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “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 Quote: “I can’t expose a human weakness on the stage unless I know it through having it myself.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “I can’t stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “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 Quote: “He was a telephone man who fell in love with long distance.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Sorrow makes for sincerity, I think.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “You take it for granted that I am in something that I want to get out of.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Blanche: No, I have the misfortune of being an English instructor. I attempt to instill a bunch of bobby-soxers and drugstore Romeos with a reverence for Hawthorne and Whitman and Poe!”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “We are all civilized people, wich means that we are all savages at heart but observing a few amenities of civilized behaviour.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Ignorance – of mortality – is a comfort. A man don’t have that comfort, he’s the only living thing that conceives of death, that knows what it is.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “What is the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof? – I wish I knew... Just staying on it, I guess, as long as she can...”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “I am not a Polack. People from Poland are Poles, not Polacks. But what I am is one-hundred-per-cent American, born and raised in the greatest country on earth and proud as hell of it, so don’t ever call me a Polack.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “How long does it have to go on? This punishment? Haven’t I done time enough, haven’t I served my term? can’t I apply for a-pardon?”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “I’m not good. I don’t know why people have to pretend to be good, nobody’s good.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “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 Quote: “I don’t ask for your pity, but just your understanding – no, not even that -no. Just for your recognition of me in you, and the enemy, time, in us all.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “I know I fib a good deal. After all, a woman’s charm is fifty per cent illusion, but when a thing is important I tell the truth. – Blanche Scene II.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Things have a way of turning out so badly.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Youth must be wanton, youth must be quick, Dance to the candle while lasteth the wick.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “We lose the magic whenever we stop telling our story and begin to wonder how we’re doing, if we’re selling it, if the listener likes us. Just tell the story and go on to the next one. All of us are full of stories the world might want to hear.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “I never met a woman that didn’t know if she was good-looking or not without being told, and some of them give themselves credit for more than they’ve got.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “A fire smokes the most when you start pouring water on it.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “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 Quote: “You are the only young man that I know of who ignores the fact that the future becomes the present, the present the past, and the past turns into everlasting regret if you don’t plan for it.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “I don’t believe in villains or heroes, only in right or wrong ways that individuals are taken, not by choice, but by necessity or by certain still uncomprehended influences in themselves, their circumstances and their antecedents.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “BLANCHE: You see I still have that awful vanity about my looks even now that my looks are slipping!”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “And so tonight we’re going to make the lie true, and when that’s done, I’ll bring the liquor back here and we’ll get drunk together, here, tonight, in this place that death has come into...”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Time goes by so fast. Nothin’ can outrun it. Death commences too early – almost before you’re half-acquainted with life – you meet the other.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “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 Quote: “In human character, simplicity doesn’t exist except among simpletons.”
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