Quotations From TENNESSEE WILLIAMS


 

  • We have to distrust each other. It is our only defence against betrayal.
    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Marguerite Gautier, in Camino Real, Block 10 (1953).
  • Bohemia has no banner. It survives by discretion.
    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Marguerite Gautier, in Camino Real, block 7. Original name Thomas Lanier Williams.
  • You can be young without money but you can't be old without it.
    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Margaret, in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, act 1.

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  • You said, "They're harmless dreamers and they're loved by the people."M"What," I asked you, "is harmless about a dreamer, and what," I asked you, "is harmless about the love of the people?—Revolution only needs good dreamers who remember their dreams."
    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Gutman, in Camino Real, block 2. Speaking to the Generalissimo; birth name is Thomas Lanier Williams.

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  • The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It's inflammatory.
    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Gutman, in Camino Real, block 2. Birth name Thomas Lanier Williams.

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  • 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.
    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Marguerite Gautier to Jacques Casanova, in Camino Real, block 15.

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  • Everyone says he's sincere, but everyone isn't sincere. If everyone was sincere who says he's sincere there wouldn't be half so many insincere ones in the world and there would be lots, lots, lots more really sincere ones!
    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Esmeralda, in Camino Real, block 12.

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  • When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.
    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Don Quixote, in "Prologue," Camino Real.

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  • We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it.
    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Chris, in The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, sc. 6 (1963).

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  • Time rushes toward us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.
    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. "The Timeless World of a Play," The Rose Tattoo (1951).

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