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I suppose 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.


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When I stop working the rest of the day is posthumous. I'm only really alive when I'm writing.
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Talent? What is talent but the ability to get away with something?
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
All good art is an indiscretion.
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
He acts like an animal, has an animal's habits! Eats like one, moves like one, talks like one! There...
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
-You're simple, straightforward and honest, a little bit on the primitive side, I should think. To i...
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
Show me a person who hasn´t known any sorrow and I´ll show you a superficial.
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
People go to the movies instead of moving.
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
In memory everything seems to happen to music.
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
Oh you weak, beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of ...
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It's inflammatory.
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
You said, They're harmless dreamers and they're loved by the people. -- What, I asked you, is harmle...
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
Everyone says he's sincere, but everyone isn't sincere. If everyone was sincere who says he's sincer...
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
Don't look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you'll know you're dead.
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out an death's the other.
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senil...
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
We're all of us guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
Luxury is the wolf at the door and its fangs are the vanities and conceits germinated by success. Wh...
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal.
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
I have always been pushed by the negative. The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my typewr...
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to ...
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
Oh, Jacques, we're used to each other, we're a pair of captive hawks caught in the same cage, and so...
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with...
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
It is almost as if you were frantically constructing another world while the world that you live in ...
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
We're all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life!
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
You can be young without money but you can't be old without it.
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
Time rushes toward us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is prepar...
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
You've got many refinements. I don't think you need to worry about your failure at long division. I ...
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch i...
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that's also a hypocrite!
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
Success and failure are equally disastrous.
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS
For time is the longest distance between two places.
TENNESSEE (THOMAS LANIER) WILLIAMS