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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We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal.

— Tennessee Williams

For nowadays the world is lit by lightning! Blow out your candles, Laura
and so goodbye ...

— Tennessee Williams

I know all about the tyranny of women.

— Tennessee Williams

So successfully have we disguised from ourselves the intensity of our own feelings, the sensibility of our own hearts, that plays in the tragic tradition have begun to seem untrue. For a couple of hours we may surrender ourselves to a world of fiercely illuminated values in conflict, but when the stage is covered and the auditorium lighted, almost immediately there is a recoil of disbelief. "Well, well!" we say as we shuffle back up the aisle, while the play dwindles behind us with the sudden perspective of an early Chirico painting. By the time we have arrived at Sardi's, if not as soon as we pass beneath the marquee, we have convinced ourselves once more that life has as little resemblance to the curiously stirring and meaningful occurrences on the stage as a jingle has to an elegy of Rilke.

— Tennessee Williams

You'll be surprised how infinitely merciful they [these tablets] are. The prescription number is 96814. I think of it as the telephone number of God!

— Tennessee Williams

There are no "good" or "bad" people. Some are a little better or a little worse, but all are activated more by misunderstanding than malice.

— Tennessee Williams

Most of the confidence which I appear to feel, especially when influenced by noon wine, is only a pretense.

— Tennessee Williams

I don't think a married couple can go through life without laughs together any more than they can without tears.

— Tennessee Williams

Make this decision today. Will you be a good and honest writer, or would you rather be famous, loved, noticed? Tell me, because there are different paths for these two divergent goals. The decision to be a true artist is lonelier and slower, but it will lead to better work and, I think, a better life. Very rarely you will be a good and honest writer and also know a little comfort and some attention and the well wishes of a crowd. This is very rare.

— Tennessee Williams

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