Tennessee Williams Quotes (84 Quotes)


    The future is called 'perhaps,' which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the important thing is not to allow that to scare you.

    There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.

    You've got many refinements. I don't think you need to worry about your failure at long division. I mean, after all, you got through short division, and short division is all that a lady ought to be called on to cope with.

    Life is all memory, except for the present moment that goes by so quick you hardly catch it going.

    We're all of us guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.


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

    Don't look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you'll know you're dead.

    Devils can be driven out of the heart by the touch of a hand on a hand, or a mouth on a mouth

    What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it's curved like a road through mountains.


    Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.



    I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person. But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really.


    When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.

    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.

    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.

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

    Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person.



    I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.




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


    We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.

    A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.


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