Tennessee Williams, fully Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams

Tennessee
Williams, fully Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams
1914
1983

American Playwright, Writer of Fiction

Author Quotes

All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.

Devils can be driven out of the heart by the touch of a hand on a hand, or a mouth on a mouth.

Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person.

I have always been pushed by the negative. The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my typewriter that very night, before the reviews are out. I am more compelled to get back to work than if I had a success.

I'm not living with you. We occupy the same cage.

All good art is an indiscretion.

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

High station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.

All of us are guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.

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?

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

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.

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

Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.

How sad a thing for an artist to abandon his art: I think it's much sadder than death ...

I know all about the tyranny of women.

All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.

Eternity! Didn't it give you the cold shivers?

Hysteria is a natural phenomenon, the common denominator of the female nature. It's the big female weapon, and the test of a man is his ability to cope with it.

I respect a person that has had to fight and howl for his decency.

And besides, when you love somebody, you mustn't listen to what they say. They say things to hurt you because they're afraid of being hurt themselves. You must look at their eyes...and feel their hearts!

Every time you come in yelling that God damn 'Rise and Shine' 'Rise and Shine' I say to myself, 'How lucky dead people are

I am standing like shoe polish on an overstocked shelf hoping that one day someone will pick me to make things better.

I saw that it was all over, put away in a box like a doll no longer cared for, the magical intimacy of our childhood together

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First Name
Tennessee
Last Name
Williams, fully Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams
Birth Date
1914
Death Date
1983
Bio

American Playwright, Writer of Fiction