Tennessee Williams, fully Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams

Williams, fully Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams

American Playwright, Writer of Fiction

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Life is all memory except for the one present moment that goes by so quick you can hardly catch it going.

Nothing human disgusts me unless it's unkind.

Sometimes - there's God - so quickly!

The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It's inflammatory.

They told me to take a streetcar named desire and then transfer to on called cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at Elysian fields.

We’re all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins for life.

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.

Life is important. There's nothing else to hold on onto.

Nothing's more determined than a cat on a hot tin roof.

Sorrow makes for sincerity, I think.

The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that s also a hypocrite!

This country of endured but unendurable pain.

We'll, honey, a shot never does a coke any harm.

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.

Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.

Oh, Jacques, we're used to each other, we're a pair of captive hawks caught in the same cage, and so we've grown used to each other. That's what passes for love at this dim, shadowy end of the Camino Real.

Success and failure are equally disastrous.

The process by which the idea for a play comes to me has always been something I really couldn't pinpoint. A play just seems to materialize; like an apparition, it gets clearer and clearer and clearer. It's very vague at first, as in the case of Streetcar, which came after Menagerie. I simply had the vision of a woman in her late youth. She was sitting in a chair all alone by a window with the moonlight streaming in on her desolate face, and she’d been stood up by the man she planned to marry.

This is so simple I'm ashamed to say it, but I'm sure it's true. In fact, I would bet my life on it! And that's why I don't understand why our propaganda machines are always trying to teach us, to persuade us, to hate and fear other people on the same little world that we live in.

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

You know what luck is? Luck is believing you're lucky.... To hold front position in this rat-race you've got to believe you are lucky.

Love is a very difficult -- occupation. You got to work at it, man. It ain't a thing every Tom, Dick and Harry has got a true aptitude for.

Oh, you weak, beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of you - gently, with love, and hand your life back to you.

Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it... Success is shy - it won't come out while you're watching.

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 diewith my hand in the hand of some nice looking ships 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.

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American Playwright, Writer of Fiction