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Top 250 Tennessee Williams Quotes (2022 Update)
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Tennessee Williams Quote: “If people behaved in the same way nations do they would all be put in straitjackets.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Walls are built up between people a hell of a damn sight faster than – broken down.”
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: “I know all about the tyranny of women.”
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: “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: “The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It’s inflammatory.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “In human character, simplicity doesn’t exist except among simpletons.”
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: “When something is Festering on your memory or in your imagination, laws of silence don’t work, it’s just like shutting a door and locking it on a house on fire in hope of forgetting that the house is burning. But not facing a fire doesn’t put it out. Silence about a thing just magnifies it. It grows and festers in silence, becomes malignant...”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “I stayed and fought for it, bled for it, almost died for it.”
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: “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: “Bohemia has no banner. It survives by discretion.”
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: “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: “Revolution begins in putting on bright colors.”
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: “I don’t think there is such a thing as a precise sexual orientation. I think we’re all ambiguous sexually.”
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: “He is the long-delayed but always expected something that we live for.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Only animals have to satisfy instincts! Surely your aims are somewhat higher than theirs! Than monkeys! Pigs!”
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: “Let’s go down and swim in that liquid moonlight.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “I am running away but I prefer to call it a strategic retreat.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Nothing’s more determined than a cat on a hot tin roof...”
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: “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: “The trouble with this world is that everybody has to compromise and conform.”
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: “Openings come quickly, sometimes, like blue space in running clouds. A complete overcast, then a blaze of light...”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “It is a terrible thing for an old woman to outlive her dogs.”
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 don’t think a married couple can go through life without laughs together any more than they can without tears.”
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: “A woman’s charm is fifty percent illusion.”
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: “Come on, indulge yourself. You got nothing to lose that won’t be lost.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Mexico is the front door to South America – and the back door to the states...”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Talent? What is talent but the ability to get away with something?”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “You don’t know things anywhere! You live in a dream, you manufacture illusions!”
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: “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: “You see, baby, after a glass or two of wine I’m inclined to extravagance.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “Kenneth Hari does not paint portraits as they are but as he is. I feel he is hiding something from me. To board a train into his mind would give me a ride into dark adventure.”
Tennessee Williams Quote: “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 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: “A bedroom is just as nice as whoever sleeps in it with you.”
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.”
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