Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams

Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983) was an American playwright. Along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller he is considered among the three foremost playwrights in 20th-century American drama.

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Make voyages! Attempt them… there’s nothing else.

In memory everything seems to happen to music.

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

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.

All of us are guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.

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.

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

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

If I am no longer disturbed myself, I will deal less with disturbed people, but I don't regret having concerned myself with them because I think most of us are disturbed.

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

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

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

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.

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

All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.

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.

Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.

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

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

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

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