Tennessee Williams
Quotations


Bohemia has no banner. It survives by discretion.

I don't believe in villains or heroes, only in right or wrong ways that individuals are taken, not by choice, but by necessity or by certain still uncomprehended influences in themselves, their circumstances and their antecedents.

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.

All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness!

The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It's inflammatory.

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

The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that's also a hypocrite!

We're all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life!

Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out an' death's the other.

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

In memory everything seems to happen to music.

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

You can be young without money but you can't be old without it.

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

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.

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

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

For time is the longest distance between two places.

Time rushes toward us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.

The world is a funny paper read backwards. And that way it isn't so funny.



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