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I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
tags: kindness
— Tennessee Williams
Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out an death's the other.
tags: death live
— Tennessee Williams
We're all of us guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.
tags: humanity work progress god
— Tennessee Williams
Life is an unanswered question, but let's still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.
tags: believe questions dignity
— Tennessee Williams
An artist must believe in himself. Your belief is contagious. Others may say he is vain, but they are affected.
tags: belief believe artist
— Tennessee Williams
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?
tags: time
— Tennessee Williams
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!
tags: beauty heart mind spirit
— Tennessee Williams
To be free is to have achieved your life.
— Tennessee Williams
Success and failure are equally disastrous.
tags: failure success
— Tennessee Williams
Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person.
tags: people hell
— Tennessee Williams
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.
tags: truth illusion
— Tennessee Williams
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?
tags: eternity
— Tennessee Williams
All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
tags: people
— Tennessee Williams
To change is to live, to live is to change, and not to change is to die.
tags: live die
— Tennessee Williams
A prayer for the wild at heart kept in cages.
tags: heart wild prayer
— Tennessee Williams
Revolution only needs good dreamers who remember their dreams.
tags: revolution dreams
— Tennessee Williams
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.
tags: heart human
— Tennessee Williams
The name of a person you love is more than language.
tags: people language
— Tennessee Williams
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!
tags: liar
— Tennessee Williams
Time doesn't take away from friendship, nor does separation.
tags: friendship time
— Tennessee Williams
Don't look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you'll know you're dead.
tags: suffering
— Tennessee Williams
At the age of fourteen I discovered writing as an escape from a world of reality in which I felt acutely uncomfortable.
tags: reality world age writing
— Tennessee Williams
America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.
tags: america
— Tennessee Williams
There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.
tags: time
— Tennessee Williams
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.
tags: death work broken writing
— Tennessee Williams
attempting to find in motion what was lost in space.
tags: lost space
— Tennessee Williams
I cannot write any sort of story unless there is at least one character in it for whom I have physical desire.
tags: character desires stories write
— Tennessee Williams
A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.
tags: experience grace
— Tennessee Williams
You can be young without money but you can't be old without it.
tags: young money
— Tennessee Williams
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.
tags: work age environment creative artist violent
— 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.
tags: believe write
— Tennessee Williams
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?
tags: live help blood
— Tennessee Williams
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.
tags: charm
— Tennessee Williams
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.
tags: young soul ocean die heaven doctor
— Tennessee Williams
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.
tags: time people problem job
— Tennessee Williams
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.
tags: understanding hate
— 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.
tags: work reality world right artist violent
— Tennessee Williams
tennessee williams
Birth    : March 26, 1911
Death  : February 25, 1983
Occupation  : Playwright