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Quotations From TENNESSEE WILLIAMS


 

  • I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.
    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Blanche DuBois, in A Streetcar Named Desire, sc. 3 (1947).

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  • I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Blanche DuBois, in A Streetcar Named Desire, sc. 11 (1947). Blanche's final words in the play.
  • Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out an' death's the other.
    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Brick, in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, act 2.

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  • It is almost as if you were frantically constructing another world while the world that you live in dissolves beneath your feet, and that your survival depends on completing this construction at least one second before the old habitation collapses.
    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Camino Real, author's foreword, published in New York Times (March 15, 1953). Written prior to the play's Broadway première; real name is Thomas Lanier.

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  • Don't look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you'll know you're dead.
    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Quoted in Observer (London, Jan. 26, 1958).
  • All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness!
    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Mrs. Goforth, in The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, sc. 1 (1963).

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  • Life is all memory except for the one present moment that goes by you so quick you hardly catch it going.
    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Mrs. Goforth, in The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, sc. 3 (1963).

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  • It haunts me, the passage of time. I think time is a merciless thing. I think life is a process of burning oneself out and time is the fire that burns you. But I think the spirit of man is a good adversary.
    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. New York Post (April 30, 1958).

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  • We're all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life!
    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Val Xavier, in Orpheus Descending, act 2, sc. 1 (1957).

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  • In memory everything seems to happen to music.
    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Tom, in The Glass Menagerie, sc. 1 (1944).

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