Tennessee Williams Quotes

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Tennessee Williams Quotes

Death is one moment, and life is so many of them.
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Some things are not forgiveable. Deliberate cruelty is not forgiveable. It is the most unforgiveable thing in my opinion, and the one thing in which I have never, ever been guilty.

— Tennessee Williams

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

— Tennessee Williams

Oh, you weak, beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of you
gently, with love, and hand your life back to you, like something gold you let go of
and I can! I'm determined to do it
and nothing's more determined than a cat on a tin roof
is there?

— Tennessee Williams

Q.Do you have any positive message, in your opinion?
A.Indeed I do think that I do.
Q.Such as what?
A.The crying, almost screaming, need of a great worldwide human effort to know ourselves and each other a great deal better, well enough to concede that no man has a monopoly on right or virtue any more than any man has a corner on duplicity and evil and so forth. If people, and races and nations, would start with that self-manifest truth, then I think that the world could sidestep the sort of corruption which I have involuntarily chosen as the basic, allegorical theme of my plays as a whole.

— Tennessee Williams

He would die early, since nothing so fair could decline by common degrees in a faded season.

— Tennessee Williams

I believe that the silence of God, the absolute speechlessness of Him is a long, long and awful thing that the whole world is lost because of.

— Tennessee Williams

He was always running or bounding, never just walking. He seemed always at the point of defeating the law of gravity.

— Tennessee Williams

We have not long to love.
Light does not stay.
The tender things are those
we fold away.
Coarse fabrics are the ones
for common wear.
In silence I have watched you
comb your hair.
Intimate the silence,
dim and warm.
I could but did not, reach
to touch your arm.
I could, but do not, break
that which is still.
(Almost the faintest whisper
would be shrill.)
So moments pass as though
they wished to stay.
We have not long to love.
A night. A day ...

— Tennessee Williams

He always entered the house as though he were entering it with the intention of tearing it down from inside

— Tennessee Williams

The mountain violets break the rocks.

— Tennessee Williams

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.

— Tennessee Williams

-You're simple, straightforward and honest, a little bit on the primitive side, I should think. To interest you a woman would have to ... -To lay her cards out on the table.

— Tennessee Williams

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