Tennessee Williams, fully Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams

Williams, fully Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams

American Playwright, Writer of Fiction

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Lead them beside still waters because you know how badly they need still waters.

Most of the confidence which I appear to feel, especially when influenced by noon wine, is only a pretense.

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.

The human heart would never pass the drunk test... If you took the human heart out of the human body and put a pair of legs on it and told it to walk a straight line, it couldn't do it.

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?

We live on two levels ... the realistic level and the fantastic level, and which is the real one, really?

Why is it so damn hard for people to talk?

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.

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American Playwright, Writer of Fiction