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Quotes of the day: Tennessee Williams

Published Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 12:05 AM EST
Feb 25 2016

Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983) was an American playwright and author of many stage classics. He is considered one of the foremost playwrights in 20th-century American drama. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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

All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.

All good art is an indiscretion.

All pretty girls are a trap, a pretty trap, and men expect them to be.

All the western theologies are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.

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

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

Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.

For time is the longest distance between two places.

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.

I think that moral earnestness is a good thing for any times, but particularly for these times.

In memory everything seems to happen to music.

Luck is believing you're lucky, that's all...

Revolution only needs good dreamers who remember their dreams.

Snatching the eternal out of the desperately fleeting is the great magic trick of human existence.

Success and failure are equally disastrous.

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

The theater is a place where one has time for the problems of people to whom one would show the door if they came to one's office for a job.

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

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

Time doesn't take away from friendship, nor does separation.

Time is the longest distance between two places.

To be free is to have achieved your life.

Truth is pain and sweat and paying bills and making love to a woman that you don't love anymore. Truth is dreams that don't come true and nobody prints your name in the paper till you die.
(Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)

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.

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

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

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

Well, sooner or later, at some point in your life, the thing that you lived for is lost or abandoned, and then... you die, or you find something else.

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

Writers age more quickly than athletes.

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


(February 25 is also the birthday of Anthony Burgess.)

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