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    I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: kindness 
     
    Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out an death's the other.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: death  live 
     
    We're all of us guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: humanity  work  progress  god 
     
    Life is an unanswered question, but let's still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.
    — Tennessee Williams
    An artist must believe in himself. Your belief is contagious. Others may say he is vain, but they are affected.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: belief  believe  artist 
     
    How long does it have to go on? This punishment? Haven't I done time enough, haven't I served my term? can't I apply for a-pardon?
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: time 
     
    Physical beauty is passing - a transitory possession - but beauty of the mind, richness of the spirit, tenderness of the heart - I have all these things - aren't taken away but grow! Increase with the years!
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: beauty  heart  mind  spirit 
     
    To be free is to have achieved your life.
    — Tennessee Williams
    Success and failure are equally disastrous.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: failure  success 
     
    Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: people  hell 
     
    Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: truth  illusion 
     
    Don't you just love those long rainy afternoons in New Orleans when an hour isn't just an hour - but a little piece of eternity dropped into your hands - and who knows what to do with it?
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: eternity 
     
    All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: people 
     
    To change is to live, to live is to change, and not to change is to die.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: live  die 
     
    A prayer for the wild at heart kept in cages.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: heart  wild  prayer 
     
    Revolution only needs good dreamers who remember their dreams.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: revolution  dreams 
     
    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.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: heart  human 
     
    The name of a person you love is more than language.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: people  language 
     
    Everybody is nothing until you love them.
    — Tennessee Williams
    Caged birds accept each other, but flight is what they long for.
    — Tennessee Williams
    The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that's also a hypocrite!
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: liar 
     
    Time doesn't take away from friendship, nor does separation.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: friendship  time 
     
    Don't look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you'll know you're dead.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: suffering 
     
    At the age of fourteen I discovered writing as an escape from a world of reality in which I felt acutely uncomfortable.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: reality  world  age  writing 
     
    America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: america 
     
    There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: time 
     
    I try to work every day because you have no refuge but writing. When you're going through a period of unhappiness, a broken love affair, the death of someone you love, or some other disorder in your life, then you have no refuge but writing.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: death  work  broken  writing 
     
    attempting to find in motion what was lost in space.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: lost  space 
     
    I cannot write any sort of story unless there is at least one character in it for whom I have physical desire.
    — Tennessee Williams
    A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: experience  grace 
     
    You can be young without money but you can't be old without it.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: young  money 
     
    The nervous system of any age or nation is its creative workers, its artists. And if that nervous system is profoundly disturbed by its environment, the work it produces will inescapably reflect the disturbances, sometimes obliquely and sometimes with violent directness.
    — Tennessee Williams
    I believe the way to write a good play is to convince yourself it is easy to do, then go ahead and do it with ease.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: believe  write 
     
    These are the intensities that one cannot live with, that he has to outgrow if he wants to survive. But who can help grieving for them? If the blood vessels could hold them, how much better to keep those early loves with us?
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: live  help  blood 
     
    Jim lights a cigarette and leans indolently back on his elbow smiling at Laura with a warmth and charm which lights her inwardly with altar candles.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: charm 
     
    The rest of my days I'm going to spend on the sea. And when I die, I'm going to die on the sea. You know what I shall die of? I shall die of eating an unwashed grape. One day out on the ocean I will die-with my hand in the hand of some nice looking ship's doctor, a very young one with a small blond moustache and a big silver watch. "Poor lady," they'll say, "The quinine did her no good. That unwashed grape has transported her soul to heaven.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: young  soul  ocean  die  heaven  doctor 
     
    The theatre 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.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: time  people  problem  job 
     
    You see, baby, after a glass or two of wine I'm inclined to extravagance.
    — Tennessee Williams
    I think that hate is a feeling that can only exist where there is no understanding.
    — Tennessee Williams
    It is only in his work that an artist can find reality and satisfaction, for the actual world is less intense than the world of his invention and consequently his life, without recourse to violent disorder, does not seem very substantial. The right condition for him is that in which his work in not only convenient but unavoidable.
    — Tennessee Williams
    tags: work  reality  world  right  artist  violent 
     
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    tennessee williams
    Birth    : March 26, 1911
    Death  : February 25, 1983
    Occupation  : Playwright