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Top 250 Tennessee Williams Quotes (2023 Update)
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Tennessee Williams Quote: “I’m starting to boil inside. I know I seem dreamy, but inside-well, I’m boiling! Whenever I pick up a shoe, I shudder a little thinking how short life is and what I am doing!”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Life is important. There is nothing to hold onto. A man that drinks is throwing his life away. Don’t do it, hold on to your life. There is nothing else to hold on to...”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “In human character, simplicity doesn’t exist except among simpletons.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “When you look at a piece of delicately spun glass you think of two things: how beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken.”
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: “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 Quote: “Monsters don’t die early; they hang on long. Awfully long. Their vanity’s infinite, almost as infinite as their disgust with themselves.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “There is no pleasure in the world like writing well and going fast. It’s like nothing else. It’s like a love affair, it goes on and on, and doesn’t end in marriage. It’s all courtship.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “I don’t think there is such a thing as a precise sexual orientation. I think we’re all ambiguous sexually.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “A woman’s charm is fifty percent illusion.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “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 Quote: “I don’t believe anyone ever suspects how completely unsure I am of my work and myself and what tortures of self-doubting the doubt of others has always given me.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “I know all about the tyranny of women.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Walls are built up between people a hell of a damn sight faster than – broken down.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “The last we heard of him was a picture postcard from Mazatlan, on the Pacific coast of Mexico, containing a message of two words: “Hello – Goodbye!” and no address.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It’s inflammatory.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Time is short and it doesn’t return again. It is slipping away while I write this and while you read it, and the monosyllable of the clock is Loss, Loss, Loss, unless you devote your heart to its opposition.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “I have always been more interested in creating a character that contains something crippled. I think nearly all of us have some kind of defect.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “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 Quote: “Bohemia has no banner. It survives by discretion.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “When I was sixteen, I made the discovery – love. All at once and much, much too completely. It was like you suddenly turned a blinding light on something that had always been half in shadow, that’s how it struck the world for me.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Let’s go down and swim in that liquid moonlight.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “At the age of fourteen I discovered writing as an escape from a world of reality in which I felt acutely uncomfortable.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Come on, indulge yourself. You got nothing to lose that won’t be lost.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “I am running away but I prefer to call it a strategic retreat.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “He is the long-delayed but always expected something that we live for.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “The rest of my days I’m going to spend on the sea. And when I die, I’m going to die on the sea. You know what I shall die of? I shall die of eating an unwashed grape. One day out on the ocean I will die – with my hand in the hand of some nice looking ship’s doctor, a very young one with a small blond moustache and a big silver watch. “Poor lady,” they’ll say, “The quinine did her no good. That unwashed grape has transported her soul to heaven.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “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 Quote: “And in the spring, it’s touching to notice them making their first discovery of love! As if nobody had ever known it before!”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “I stayed and fought for it, bled for it, almost died for it.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “These are the intensities that one cannot live with, that he has to outgrow if he wants to survive. But who can help grieving for them? If the blood vessels could hold them, how much better to keep those early loves with us?”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Talent? What is talent but the ability to get away with something?”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Revolution begins in putting on bright colors.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Only animals have to satisfy instincts! Surely your aims are somewhat higher than theirs! Than monkeys! Pigs!”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “The trouble with this world is that everybody has to compromise and conform.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Nothing’s more determined than a cat on a hot tin roof...”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Since that day, when people have spoken to me of “genius”, I have felt the inside pocket to make sure my wallet’s still there.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “I don’t think a married couple can go through life without laughs together any more than they can without tears.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “I believe that the silence of God, the absolute speechlessness of Him is a long, long, and awful thing that the whole world is lost because of.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “It is a terrible thing for an old woman to outlive her dogs.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Mexico is the front door to South America – and the back door to the states...”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Openings come quickly, sometimes, like blue space in running clouds. A complete overcast, then a blaze of light...”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Of course, you were crowned with laurel in the beginning, your gold hair was wreathed with laurel, but the gold is thinning and the laurel has withered. Face it – pitiful monster.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Nobody knew my rose of the world but me... I had too much glory. They don’t want glory like that in nobody’s heart.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “You don’t know things anywhere! You live in a dream, you manufacture illusions!”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “I’m a poet. And then I put the poetry in the drama. I put it in short stories, and I put it in the plays. Poetry’s poetry. It doesn’t have to be called a poem, you know.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “We’ve had this date with each other from the beginning.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Later tonight am going to tell you that I love you and maybe by that time you will be drunk enough to believe me.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “You two had something that had to be kept on ice, yes, incorruptible, yes! – and death was the only icebox where you could keep it...”
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