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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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?

— Tennessee Williams

Luxury is the wolf at the door and its fangs are the vanities and conceits germinated by success. When an artist learns this, he knows where the danger is.

— Tennessee Williams

Luck is believing you're lucky.

— Tennessee Williams

The strongest influences in my life and my work are always whomever I love. Whomever I love and am with most of the time, or whomever I remember most vividly. I think that's true of everyone, don't you?

— Tennessee Williams

Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle, you are equipped with the basic means of salvation.

— Tennessee Williams

The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It's inflammatory.

— Tennessee Williams

Oh, you can't describe someone you're in love with!

— Tennessee Williams

My only point, the only point that I'm making, is life has got to be allowed to continue even after the dream of life is
all
over ...

— Tennessee Williams

And so tonight we're going to make the lie true, and when that's done, I'll bring the liquor back here and we'll get drunk together, here, tonight, in this place that death has come into ...

— Tennessee Williams

They chatter together like birds on Cypress Hill, but all they say is 'Live, live, live, live, live!' It's all they've learned, it's the only advice they can give.

— Tennessee Williams

Well, sooner or later, at some point in your life, the thing that you lived for is lost or abandoned, and then ... you die, or find something else.

— Tennessee Williams

You two had something that had to be kept on ice, yes, incorruptible, yes!
and death was the only icebox where you could keep it ...

— Tennessee Williams

You should not have too many people waiting on you, you should have to do most things for yourself. Hotel service is embarrassing. Maids, waiters, bellhops, porters and so forth are the most embarrassing people in the world for they continually remind you of inequities which we accept as the proper thing. The sight of an ancient woman, gasping and wheezing as she drags a heavy pail of water down a hotel corridor to mop up the mess of some drunken overprivileged guest, is one that sickens and weighs upon the heart and withers it with shame for this world in which it is not only tolerated but regarded as proof positive that the wheels of Democracy are functioning as they should without interference from above or below. Nobody should have to clean up anybody else's mess in this world. It is terribly bad for both parties, but probably worse for the one receiving the service.

— Tennessee Williams

Time rushes towards us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.

— Tennessee Williams

The human heart would never pass the drunk test ... If you took the human heart out of the human body and put a pair of legs on it and told it to walk a straight line, it couldn't do it.

— Tennessee Williams

We lose the magic whenever we stop telling our story and begin to wonder how we're doing, if we're selling it, if the listener likes us. Just tell the story and go on to the next one. All of us are full of stories the world might want to hear.

— Tennessee Williams

The world is a funny paper read backwards. And that way it isn't so funny.

— Tennessee Williams

I'm tired and it's taking an increasing amount out of me, more than I have to give physically. And that's why I want to move to Sicily and buy that little farm and raise a flock of goats and geese. I find it peaceful ... and it would be a nice way to end life.

— Tennessee Williams

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