Tennessee Williams, fully Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams

Williams, fully Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams

American Playwright, Writer of Fiction

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A prayer for the wild at heart kept in cages.

Civilization is just a slow process of learning to be kind.

Glass breaks so easily. No matter how careful you are.

I don't have an audience in mind when I write. I'm writing mainly for myself. After a long devotion to playwriting I have a good inner ear. I know pretty well how a thing is going to sound on the stage, and how it will play. I write to satisfy this inner ear and its perceptions. That's the audience I write for.

If I kill off all my demons my angels might die as well.

A vacuum is a he'll of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.

Dance to the candle while lasteth the wick.

Go, then Go to the moon you selfish dreamer.

I don't mean what other people mean when they speak of a home, because I don't regard a home as a ... well, as a place, a building ... a house ... of wood, bricks, stone. I think of a home as being a thing that two people have between them in which each can ... well, nest.

If I'm not back in ten minutes... just wait longer.

A witch and a bitch always dress up for each other, because otherwise the witch would upstage the bitch, or the bitch would upstage the witch, and the result would be havoc.

Death commences too early--almost before you're half acquainted with life--you meet the other.

Guessing isn't knowing.

I don't think a married couple can go through life without laughs together any more than they can without tears.

If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.

A woman's charm is fifty per cent illusion.

Death is one moment, and life is so many of them

Guilt is universal.

I don't want realism. I want magic Yes, yes, magic I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don't tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth. And it that's sinful, then let me be damned for it

If you re goin through he'll.. Keep goin!! You always grow through what you go through.

Accept whatever situation you cannot improve.

Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable.

Hate is a thing, a feeling that can only exist where there is no understanding.

I get melancholy if I don't write. I need the company of people who don't exist.

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.

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American Playwright, Writer of Fiction