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  • Luck is believing you're lucky.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • Life is an unanswered question, but let's still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • Oh, Jacques, we're used to each other, we're a pair of captive hawks caught in the same cage, and so we've grown used to each other. That's what passes for love at this dim, shadowy end of the Camino Real.
    (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.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • If I am no longer disturbed myself, I will deal less with disturbed people, but I don't regret having concerned myself with them because I think most of us are disturbed.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • When I stop working the rest of the day is posthumous. I'm only really alive when I'm writing.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that's also a hypocrite!
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • To be free is to have achieved your life.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it... Success is shy - it won't come out while you're watching.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • Maybe they weren't punks at all, but New York drama critics.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • Security is a kind of death.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.
    (Tennessee Williams)


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