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  • I couldn't understand a sense of unease that multiplied until I could hear my heart beating.
    (Truman Capote, "Breakfast at Tiffany's")

  • Oh Jesus God we did belong to each other. He was mine.
    (Truman Capote, "Breakfast at Tiffany's")

  • I don't think I've ever drunk champagne before breakfast before. With breakfast on several occasions, but never before before.
    (Truman Capote, "Breakfast at Tiffany's")

  • Perhaps, like most of us in a foreign country, he was incapable of placing people, selecting a frame for their picture, as he would at home; therefore all Americans had to be judged in a pretty equal light, and on this basis his companions appeared to be tolerable examples of local color and national character.
    (Truman Capote, "Breakfast at Tiffany's")

  • I don't want to own anything until I find a place where me and things go together.
    (Truman Capote, "Breakfast at Tiffany's")


  • Poor slob without a name. It's a little inconvenient, his not having a name. But I haven't the right to give him one: he'll have to wait until he belongs to somebody. We just sort of took up by the river one day, we don't belong to each other: he's an independent, and so am I. I don't want to own anything until I know I've found the place where me and things belong together.
    (Truman Capote, "Breakfast at Tiffany's")

  • I loved her enough to forget myself, my self pitying despairs, and be content that something she thought happy was going to happen.
    (Truman Capote, "Breakfast at Tiffany's")

  • Reading dreams. That's what started her walking down the road. Every day she'd walk a little further: a mile, and come home. Two miles, and come home. One day she just kept on.
    (Truman Capote, "Breakfast at Tiffany's")

  • I told you: you can make yourself love anybody.
    (Truman Capote, "Breakfast at Tiffany's")

  • She took off her dark glasses and squinted at me. It was as though her eyes were shattered prisms, the dots of blue and gray and green like broken bits of sparkle.
    (Truman Capote, "Breakfast at Tiffany's")

  • I'll never get used to anything. Anybody that does they might as well be dead.
    (Truman Capote, "Breakfast at Tiffany's")

  • She was a triumph over ugliness, so often more beguiling than real beauty, if only because it contains paradox. In this case, as opposed to the scrupulous method of good taste and scientific grooming, the trick had been worked by exaggerating defects; she'd made them ornamental by admitting them boldly.
    (Truman Capote, "Breakfast at Tiffany's")

  • A disquieting loneliness came into my life, but it induced no hunger for friends of longer acquaintance: they seemed now like a salt-free, sugarless diet.
    (Truman Capote, "Breakfast at Tiffany's")

  • I'm very scared, Buster. Yes, at last. Because it could go on forever. Not knowing what's yours until you've thrown it away.
    (Truman Capote, "Breakfast at Tiffany's")

  • She's such a goddamn liar maybe she don't know herself anymore.
    (Truman Capote, "Breakfast at Tiffany's")


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