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.

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

Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.

To be free is to have achieved your life.

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.

Some mystery should be left in the revelation of character in a play just as a great deal of mystery is always left in the revelation of character in life even in one's own character to himself.

A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.

Success and failure are equally disastrous.

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

All good art is an indiscretion.

If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.

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

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

Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle you are equipped with the basic means of salvation.

Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it... Success is shy - it won't come out while you're watching.

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

Death is one moment and life is so many of them.

When I stop working the rest of the day is posthumous. I'm only really alive when I'm writing.

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.

Life is an unanswered question but let's still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.

The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.

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

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.

For time is the longest distance between two places.

All your Western theologies the whole mythology of them are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.

Oh you weak beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of you - gently with love and hand your life back to you.

Time is the longest distance between two places.

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

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?

Luck is believing you're lucky.