I've always depended on the kindness of strangers.
How beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken.
Physical beauty is passing - a transitory possession - but beauty of the mind, richness of the spirit, tenderness of the heart - I have all these things - aren't taken away but grow! Increase with the years!
I know all about the tyranny of women.
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.
Jim lights a cigarette and leans indolently back on his elbow smiling at Laura with a warmth and charm which lights her inwardly with altar candles.
They told me to take a streetcar named desire and then transfer to on called cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at - Elysian fields!
People go to the movies instead of moving.
Well, honey, a shot never does a coke any harm!
The cities swept about me like dead leaves, leaves that were brightly colored but torn away from the branches. I would have stopped, but I was pursued by something. It always came upon me unawares, taking me altogether by surprise. Perhaps it was a familiar bit of music. Perhaps it was only a piece of transparent glass.
All pretty girls are a trap, a pretty trap, and men expect them to be.
Time is the longest distance between two places.
Being disappointed is one thing and being discouraged is something else. I am disappointed but I am not discouraged.
To begin with, I turn back time. I reverse it to that quaint period, the thirties, when the huge middle class of America was matriculating in a school for the blind. Their eyes had failed them, or they had failed their eyes, and so they were having their fingers pressed forcibly down on the fiery Braille alphabet of a dissolving economy.
But here there was only hot swing music and liquor, dance halls, ban, and movies, and sex that hung in the gloom like a chandelier and flooded the world with brief, deceptive rainbows.
Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.
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?
For nowadays the world is lit by lightning! Blow out your candles, Laura -- and so goodbye. . . .
You are the only young man that I know of who ignores the fact that the future becomes the present, the present the past, and the past turns into everlasting regret if you don't plan for it.
Go then! Then go to the moon - you selfish dreamer!
I have always depended on the kidness of strangers.
Go, then! Go to the moon-you selfish dreamer!
Everyone says he's sincere, but everyone isn't sincere. If everyone was sincere who says he's sincere there wouldn't be half so many insincere ones in the world and there would be lots, lots, lots more really sincere ones
Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.
Death is one moment, and life is so many of them.
This country of endured but unendurable pain.
Snatching the eternal out of the desperately fleeting is the great magic trick of human existence.
Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle, you are equipped with the basic means of salvation.
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?
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