Tennessee Williams

(1911-1983 / United States)

Tennessee Williams Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''For time is the longest distance between two places.''
    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Tom, in The Glass Menagerie, sc. 7 (1944).
  • ''In memory everything seems to happen to music.''
    Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Tom, in The Glass Menagerie, sc. 1 (1944).
  • ''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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Best Poem of Tennessee Williams

The Wine-Drinkers

The wine-drinkers sit on the porte cochère in the sun.
Their lack of success in love has made them torpid.
They move their fans with a motion that stirs no feather,
the glare of the sun has darkened their complexions.

Let us commend them on their conversations.
One says "oh" and the other says "indeed."

The afternoon must be prolonged forever, because the night
will be impossible for them.
They know that the bright and very delicate needles
inserted beneath the surfaces of their skins
will work after dark--at present are ...

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Heavenly Grass

My feet took a walk in heavenly grass.
All day while the sky shone clear as glass.
My feet took a walk in heavenly grass,
All night while the lonesome stars rolled past.
Then my feet come down to walk on earth,
And my mother cried when she give me birth.
Now my feet walk far and my feet walk fast,
But they still got an itch for heavenly grass.
But they still got an itch for heavenly grass.

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