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  • 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!
    (Tennessee Williams, "A Streetcar Named Desire")

  • 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.
    (Tennessee Williams, "The Glass Menagerie")

  • Well, honey, a shot never does a coke any harm!
    (Tennessee Williams, "A Streetcar Named Desire")

  • All pretty girls are a trap, a pretty trap, and men expect them to be.
    (Tennessee Williams, "The Glass Menagerie")

  • Being disappointed is one thing and being discouraged is something else. I am disappointed but I am not discouraged.
    (Tennessee Williams, "The Glass Menagerie")


  • 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.
    (Tennessee Williams, "The Glass Menagerie")

  • For nowadays the world is lit by lightning! Blow out your candles, Laura -- and so goodbye. . . .
    (Tennessee Williams, "The Glass Menagerie")

  • Go then! Then go to the moon - you selfish dreamer!
    (Tennessee Williams, "The Glass Menagerie")

  • 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
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • Death is one moment, and life is so many of them.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • This country of endured but unendurable pain.
    (Tennessee Williams)

  • Snatching the eternal out of the desperately fleeting is the great magic trick of human existence.
    (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 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)


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