Tennessee Williams Quotes

Who the Heck is Tennessee Williams?

Thomas Lanier 'Tennessee' Williams III was an American playwright known for 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'.

Born March 26, 1911
Died February 25, 1983

Best 34 Quotes by Tennessee Williams

“All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.”

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“America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.”

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“Don't look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you'll know you're dead.”

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“Friends are God's way of apologizing to us for our families.”

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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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“We're all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.”

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“Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.”

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“You can be young without money, but you can't be old without it.”

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"A Streetcar Named Desire" Quotes

“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?”

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A Streetcar Named Desire

“I don't want realism. I want magic!”

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A Streetcar Named Desire

“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”

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A Streetcar Named Desire

“Oh, you can't describe someone you're in love with!”

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A Streetcar Named Desire

“Physical beauty is passing - a transitory possession - but beauty of the mind, richness of the spirit, tenderness of the heart - I have all these things - aren't taken away but grow! Increase with the years!”

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A Streetcar Named Desire

“Show me a person who hasn't known any sorrow and I'll show you a superficial.”

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A Streetcar Named Desire

“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.”

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A Streetcar Named Desire

“What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it's curved like a road through mountains.”

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A Streetcar Named Desire

"Camino Real" Quotes

“Make voyages. Attempt them. There's nothing else.”

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Camino Real

“There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.”

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Camino Real

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" Quotes

“I've got the guts to die. What I want to know is, have you got the guts to live?”

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

“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...”

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

"Conversations with Tennessee Williams" Quotes

“If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.”

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Conversations with Tennessee Williams

"Memoirs" Quotes

“Time doesn't take away from friendship, nor does separation.”

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Memoirs

"Sweet Bird of Youth" Quotes

“I think that hate is a feeling that can only exist where there is no understanding.”

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Sweet Bird of Youth

"The Glass Menagerie" Quotes

“All pretty girls are a trap, a pretty trap, and men expect them to be.”

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The Glass Menagerie

“Being disappointed is one thing and being discouraged is something else. I am disappointed but I am not discouraged.”

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The Glass Menagerie

“How beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken.”

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The Glass Menagerie

“In memory, everything seems to happen to music.”

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The Glass Menagerie

“People go to the movies instead of moving.”

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The Glass Menagerie

“Time is the longest distance between two places.”

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The Glass Menagerie

“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.”

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The Glass Menagerie

“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.”

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The Glass Menagerie

"The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" Quotes

“Has it ever struck you that life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quick you hardly catch it going?”

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The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore

“We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it.”

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The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore

"The Rose Tattoo" Quotes

“Everybody is nothing until you love them.”

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The Rose Tattoo