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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)

  • I have always been pushed by the negative. The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my typewriter that very night, before the reviews are out. I am more compelled to get back to work than if I had a success.
    (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)

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

  • Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person.
    (Tennessee Williams)


  • In memory everything seems to happen to music.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • Success and failure are equally disastrous.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • Bohemia has no banner. It survives by discretion.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • All good art is an indiscretion.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • You can be young without money but you can't be old without it.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.
    (Tennessee Williams)


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