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

At age 33, after years of obscurity, Williams suddenly became famous with the success of The Glass Menagerie (1944) in New York City. This play closely reflected his own unhappy family background. It was the first of a string of successes, including A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), Sweet Bird of Youth (1959), and The Night of the Iguana (1961). With his later work, Williams attempted a new style that did not appeal as widely to audiences. His drama A Streetcar Named Desire is often numbered on short lists of the finest American plays of the 20th century alongside Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.

Much of Williams' most acclaimed work has been adapted for the cinema. He also wrote short stories, poetry, essays and a volume of memoirs. In 1979, four years before his death, Williams was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

quote by Tennessee Williams: A bedroom is just as nice as whoever sleeps in it with you. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: A bedroom is just as nice as whoever sleeps in it with you....

A bedroom is just as nice as whoever sleeps in it with you.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Everyone says he's sincere, but everyone isn't sincere. If everyone was sincere who says he's sincere there wouldn't be half so many insinc… with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Everyone says he's sincere, but everyone isn't sincere. If everyone was sincere who says he's sincer...

Everyone says he's sincere, but everyone isn't sincere. If everyone was sincere who says he's sincere there wouldn't be half so many insincere ones in the world and there would be lots, lots, lots more really sincere ones!

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable....

Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable.

--Tennessee Williams

Longer Version:

Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable. -- Blanche Dubois.


quote by Tennessee Williams: We're all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: We're all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life....

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

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Liquor is one way out an' death's the other. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Liquor is one way out an' death's the other....

Liquor is one way out an' death's the other.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: You beautiful, stupid young man. That is not pot. It's hashish, Moroccan, and the finest. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: You beautiful, stupid young man. That is not pot. It's hashish, Moroccan, and the finest....

You beautiful, stupid young man. That is not pot. It's hashish, Moroccan, and the finest.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Ignorance of mortality is a comfort. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Ignorance of mortality is a comfort....

Ignorance of mortality is a comfort.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: We're all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life! with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: We're all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life!...

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

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Hysteria is a natural phenomenon, the common denominator of the female nature. It's the big female weapon, and the test of a man is his abi… with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Hysteria is a natural phenomenon, the common denominator of the female nature. It's the big female w...

Hysteria is a natural phenomenon, the common denominator of the female nature. It's the big female weapon, and the test of a man is his ability to cope with it.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Is that what love is? Using people? And maybe that's what hate is -- not being able to use people. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Is that what love is? Using people? And maybe that's what hate is -- not being able to use people....

Is that what love is? Using people? And maybe that's what hate is -- not being able to use people.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: A drinking man's someone who wants to forget he isn't still young and believing. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: A drinking man's someone who wants to forget he isn't still young and believing....

A drinking man's someone who wants to forget he isn't still young and believing.

--Tennessee Williams

quote by Tennessee Williams: We are all civilized people, which means that we are all savages at heart but observing a few amenities of civilized behavior. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: We are all civilized people, which means that we are all savages at heart but observing a few amenit...

We are all civilized people, which means that we are all savages at heart but observing a few amenities of civilized behavior.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Silence about a thing just magnifies it. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Silence about a thing just magnifies it....

Silence about a thing just magnifies it.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Hell is yourself, and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Hell is yourself, and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for ano...

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

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: I can't expose a human weakness on the stage unless I know it through having it myself. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: I can't expose a human weakness on the stage unless I know it through having it myself....

I can't expose a human weakness on the stage unless I know it through having it myself.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Lead them beside still waters because you know how badly they need still waters. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Lead them beside still waters because you know how badly they need still waters....

Lead them beside still waters because you know how badly they need still waters.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Memory takes a lot of poetic license. It omits some details; others are exaggerated, according to the emotional value of the articles it to… with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Memory takes a lot of poetic license. It omits some details; others are exaggerated, according to th...

Memory takes a lot of poetic license. It omits some details; others are exaggerated, according to the emotional value of the articles it touches, for memory is seated predominantly in the heart.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Marriage is an economic arrangement in many ways, let's face it. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Marriage is an economic arrangement in many ways, let's face it....

Marriage is an economic arrangement in many ways, let's face it.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: You know what luck is? Luck is believing you're lucky.... To hold front position in this rat-race you've got to believe you are lucky. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: You know what luck is? Luck is believing you're lucky.... To hold front position in this rat-race yo...

You know what luck is? Luck is believing you're lucky.... To hold front position in this rat-race you've got to believe you are lucky.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Love is a very difficult -- occupation. You got to work at it, man. It ain't a thing every Tom, Dick and Harry has got a true aptitude for. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Love is a very difficult -- occupation. You got to work at it, man. It ain't a thing every Tom, Dick...

Love is a very difficult -- occupation. You got to work at it, man. It ain't a thing every Tom, Dick and Harry has got a true aptitude for.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: The decline of the Western world began with the invention of the wheel. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: The decline of the Western world began with the invention of the wheel....

The decline of the Western world began with the invention of the wheel.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Only animals have to satisfy instincts! Surely your aims are somewhat higher than theirs! Than monkeys! Pigs! with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Only animals have to satisfy instincts! Surely your aims are somewhat higher than theirs! Than monke...

Only animals have to satisfy instincts! Surely your aims are somewhat higher than theirs! Than monkeys! Pigs!

--Tennessee Williams

quote by Tennessee Williams: I think that hate is a thing, a feeling, that can only exist where there is no understanding. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: I think that hate is a thing, a feeling, that can only exist where there is no understanding....

I think that hate is a thing, a feeling, that can only exist where there is no understanding.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Guilt is universal. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Guilt is universal....

Guilt is universal.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Funerals are pretty compared to death. Funerals are quiet, but deaths not always. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Funerals are pretty compared to death. Funerals are quiet, but deaths not always....

Funerals are pretty compared to death. Funerals are quiet, but deaths not always.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Death commences too early -- almost before you're half acquainted with life -- you meet the other. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Death commences too early -- almost before you're half acquainted with life -- you meet the other....

Death commences too early -- almost before you're half acquainted with life -- you meet the other.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: It's like a switch, clickin' off in my head. Turns the hot light off and the cool one on, and all of a sudden there's peace. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: It's like a switch, clickin' off in my head. Turns the hot light off and the cool one on, and all of...

It's like a switch, clickin' off in my head. Turns the hot light off and the cool one on, and all of a sudden there's peace.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: It is planned speeches that contain lies or dissimulations, not what you blurt out so spontaneously in one instant. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: It is planned speeches that contain lies or dissimulations, not what you blurt out so spontaneously ...

It is planned speeches that contain lies or dissimulations, not what you blurt out so spontaneously in one instant.

--Tennessee Williams

quote by Tennessee Williams: Sorrow makes for sincerity, I think. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Sorrow makes for sincerity, I think....

Sorrow makes for sincerity, I think.

--Tennessee Williams

Longer Version:

Sorrow makes for sincerity, I think... The little there is belongs to people who have experienced some sorrow.


quote by Tennessee Williams: It's hard enough for me to write what I want to write without me trying to write what you say they want me to write which I don't want to w… with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: It's hard enough for me to write what I want to write without me trying to write what you say they w...

It's hard enough for me to write what I want to write without me trying to write what you say they want me to write which I don't want to write.

--Tennessee Williams

quote by Tennessee Williams: The last we heard of him was a picture postcard from Mazatlan, on the Pacific coast of Mexico, containing a message of two words: Hello -- … with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: The last we heard of him was a picture postcard from Mazatlan, on the Pacific coast of Mexico, conta...

The last we heard of him was a picture postcard from Mazatlan, on the Pacific coast of Mexico, containing a message of two words: Hello -- Goodbye! and no address.

--Tennessee Williams


quote by Tennessee Williams: We are all of us born, live and die in the shadow of a giant question mark that refers to three questions: Where do we come from? Why? And … with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: We are all of us born, live and die in the shadow of a giant question mark that refers to three ques...

We are all of us born, live and die in the shadow of a giant question mark that refers to three questions: Where do we come from? Why? And where, oh where, are we going!

--Tennessee Williams

quote by Tennessee Williams: The trouble with this world is that everybody has to compromise and conform. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: The trouble with this world is that everybody has to compromise and conform....

The trouble with this world is that everybody has to compromise and conform.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: An artist must believe in himself -- Possibly not so passionately as Lawrence -- but passionately. Your belief is contagious. Others say --… with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: An artist must believe in himself -- Possibly not so passionately as Lawrence -- but passionately. Y...

An artist must believe in himself -- Possibly not so passionately as Lawrence -- but passionately. Your belief is contagious. Others say -- He is vain -- but they are affected.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Why is it so damn hard for people to talk? with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Why is it so damn hard for people to talk?...

Why is it so damn hard for people to talk?

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Some things are not forgiveable. Deliberate cruelty is not forgiveable. It is the most unforgiveable thing in my opinion, and the one thing… with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Some things are not forgiveable. Deliberate cruelty is not forgiveable. It is the most unforgiveable...

Some things are not forgiveable. Deliberate cruelty is not forgiveable. It is the most unforgiveable thing in my opinion, and the one thing in which I have never, ever been guilty.

--Tennessee Williams

quote by Tennessee Williams: I think you have a great capacity for devotion,. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: I think you have a great capacity for devotion,....

I think you have a great capacity for devotion,.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: I saw that it was all over, put away in a box like a doll no longer cared for, the magical intimacy of our childhood together. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: I saw that it was all over, put away in a box like a doll no longer cared for, the magical intimacy ...

I saw that it was all over, put away in a box like a doll no longer cared for, the magical intimacy of our childhood together.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: We have to distrust each other. It is our only defence against betrayal. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: We have to distrust each other. It is our only defence against betrayal....

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

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: In memory, everything seems to happen to music. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: In memory, everything seems to happen to music....

In memory, everything seems to happen to music.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: You see, baby, after a glass or two of wine I'm inclined to extravagance. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: You see, baby, after a glass or two of wine I'm inclined to extravagance....

You see, baby, after a glass or two of wine I'm inclined to extravagance.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: I must endure and endure and still endure. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: I must endure and endure and still endure....

I must endure and endure and still endure.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: When you look at a piece of delicately spun glass you think of two things: how beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: When you look at a piece of delicately spun glass you think of two things: how beautiful it is and h...

When you look at a piece of delicately spun glass you think of two things: how beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: All good art is an indiscretion. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: All good art is an indiscretion....

All good art is an indiscretion.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Oh, Jacques, we're used to each other, we're a pair of captive hawks caught in the same cage, and so we've grown used to each other. That's… with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Oh, Jacques, we're used to each other, we're a pair of captive hawks caught in the same cage, and so...

Oh, Jacques, we're used to each other, we're a pair of captive hawks caught in the same cage, and so we've grown used to each other. That's what passes for love at this dim, shadowy end of the Camino Real.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: I respect a person that has had to fight and howl for his decency. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: I respect a person that has had to fight and howl for his decency....

I respect a person that has had to fight and howl for his decency.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Somebody said once or wrote, once: 'We're all of us children in a vast kindergarten trying to spell God's name with the wrong alphabet bloc… with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Somebody said once or wrote, once: 'We're all of us children in a vast kindergarten trying to spell ...

Somebody said once or wrote, once: 'We're all of us children in a vast kindergarten trying to spell God's name with the wrong alphabet blocks!

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: I know all about the tyranny of women. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: I know all about the tyranny of women....

I know all about the tyranny of women.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out an death's the other. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out an death's the other....

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

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: We lose the magic whenever we stop telling our story and begin to wonder how we're doing, if we're selling it, if the listener likes us. Ju… with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: We lose the magic whenever we stop telling our story and begin to wonder how we're doing, if we're s...

We lose the magic whenever we stop telling our story and begin to wonder how we're doing, if we're selling it, if the listener likes us. Just tell the story and go on to the next one. All of us are full of stories the world might want to hear.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: But since I have a poet's weakness for symbols, I am using this character also as a symbol; he is the long-delayed but always expected some… with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: But since I have a poet's weakness for symbols, I am using this character also as a symbol; he is th...

But since I have a poet's weakness for symbols, I am using this character also as a symbol; he is the long-delayed but always expected something that we live for.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: When things don't change, their sameness becomes an accretion. That is why all society puts on flesh. Succumbs to the cubicles and begins t… with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: When things don't change, their sameness becomes an accretion. That is why all society puts on flesh...

When things don't change, their sameness becomes an accretion. That is why all society puts on flesh. Succumbs to the cubicles and begins to fill them.

--Tennessee Williams

quote by Tennessee Williams: I think no more than a week after I started writing I ran into the first block. It's hard to describe it in a way that will be understandab… with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: I think no more than a week after I started writing I ran into the first block. It's hard to describ...

I think no more than a week after I started writing I ran into the first block. It's hard to describe it in a way that will be understandable to anyone who is not a neurotic.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: The world is a funny paper read backwards. And that way it isn't so funny. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: The world is a funny paper read backwards. And that way it isn't so funny....

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

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: You know it don't take much intelligence to get yourself into a nailed-up coffin, Laura. But who in hell ever got himself out of one withou… with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: You know it don't take much intelligence to get yourself into a nailed-up coffin, Laura. But who in ...

You know it don't take much intelligence to get yourself into a nailed-up coffin, Laura. But who in hell ever got himself out of one without removing one nail?

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: When I had that attack of pleurosis -- he asked me what was the matter when I came back. I said pleurosis -- he thought that I said Blue Ro… with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: When I had that attack of pleurosis -- he asked me what was the matter when I came back. I said pleu...

When I had that attack of pleurosis -- he asked me what was the matter when I came back. I said pleurosis -- he thought that I said Blue Roses! So that's what he always called me after that. Whenever he saw me, he'd holler, Hello, Blue Roses!

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: There is only one true aristocracy ... and that is the aristocracy of passionate souls! with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: There is only one true aristocracy ... and that is the aristocracy of passionate souls!...

There is only one true aristocracy ... and that is the aristocracy of passionate souls!

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Honey, you're not operating on the realistic level anymore than I am. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Honey, you're not operating on the realistic level anymore than I am....

Honey, you're not operating on the realistic level anymore than I am.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: I'll tell you what I want. Magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misinterpret things to them. I don't tell the truth. I t… with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: I'll tell you what I want. Magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misinterpret thin...

I'll tell you what I want. Magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misinterpret things to them. I don't tell the truth. I tell what ought to be truth. And if that is sinful, then let me be damned for it! -- Don't turn the light on!

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: You said, 'They're harmless dreamers and they're loved by the people.' 'What,' I asked you, 'is harmless about a dreamer, and what,' I aske… with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: You said, 'They're harmless dreamers and they're loved by the people.' 'What,' I asked you, 'is harm...

You said, 'They're harmless dreamers and they're loved by the people.' 'What,' I asked you, 'is harmless about a dreamer, and what,' I asked you, 'is harmless about the love of the people? Revolution only needs good dreamers who remember their dreams.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: We mustn't scream at each other, the walls in this house have ears. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: We mustn't scream at each other, the walls in this house have ears....

We mustn't scream at each other, the walls in this house have ears.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Something in me will save me from utter ruin no matter what comes. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Something in me will save me from utter ruin no matter what comes....

Something in me will save me from utter ruin no matter what comes.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Being a memory play, it is dimly lighted, it is sentimental. It is not realistic. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Being a memory play, it is dimly lighted, it is sentimental. It is not realistic....

Being a memory play, it is dimly lighted, it is sentimental. It is not realistic.

--Tennessee Williams

quote by Tennessee Williams: And so tonight we're going to make the lie true, and when that's done, I'll bring the liquor back here and we'll get drunk together, here, … with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: And so tonight we're going to make the lie true, and when that's done, I'll bring the liquor back he...

And so tonight we're going to make the lie true, and when that's done, I'll bring the liquor back here and we'll get drunk together, here, tonight, in this place that death has come into.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: All my life I have been haunted by the obsession that to desire a thing or to love a thing intensely is to place yourself in a vulnerable p… with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: All my life I have been haunted by the obsession that to desire a thing or to love a thing intensely...

All my life I have been haunted by the obsession that to desire a thing or to love a thing intensely is to place yourself in a vulnerable position, to be a possible, if not a probable, loser of what you most want. Let's leave it like that.

--Tennessee Williams


quote by Tennessee Williams: The helpless can't help the helpless. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: The helpless can't help the helpless....

The helpless can't help the helpless.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: But I think the spirit of man is a good adversary. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: But I think the spirit of man is a good adversary....

But I think the spirit of man is a good adversary.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Val: Why do you go out there? Sandra: Because dead people give such good advice. Val: What advice do they give? Sandra: Just one word- live! with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Val: Why do you go out there? Sandra: Because dead people give such good advice. Val: What advice do...

Val: Why do you go out there? Sandra: Because dead people give such good advice. Val: What advice do they give? Sandra: Just one word- live!

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Young, gifted, and destitute. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Young, gifted, and destitute....

Young, gifted, and destitute.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Success and failure are equally disastrous. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Success and failure are equally disastrous....

Success and failure are equally disastrous.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: And funerals are pretty compared to deaths. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: And funerals are pretty compared to deaths....

And funerals are pretty compared to deaths.

--Tennessee Williams

Longer Version:

And funerals are pretty compared to deaths. Funerals are quiet, but deaths--not always. Sometimes their breathing is hoarse, sometimes it rattles, sometimes they cry out to you, Don't let me go! Even the old sometimes say, Don't let me go! As if you were able to stop them! Funerals are quiet with pretty flowers. And oh, what gorgeous boxes they pack them away in!


quote by Tennessee Williams: They told me to take a streetcar named Desire and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at -- Elysian Fiel… with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: They told me to take a streetcar named Desire and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride si...

They told me to take a streetcar named Desire and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at -- Elysian Fields!

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: A woman's charm is fifty percent illusion. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: A woman's charm is fifty percent illusion....

A woman's charm is fifty percent illusion.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: I know I fib a good deal. After all, a woman's charm is fifty per cent illusion, but when a thing is important I tell the truth. -- Blanche… with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: I know I fib a good deal. After all, a woman's charm is fifty per cent illusion, but when a thing is...

I know I fib a good deal. After all, a woman's charm is fifty per cent illusion, but when a thing is important I tell the truth. -- Blanche Scene II.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Bohemia has no banner. It survives by discretion. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Bohemia has no banner. It survives by discretion....

Bohemia has no banner. It survives by discretion.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Well, honey, a shot never does a coke any harm! with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Well, honey, a shot never does a coke any harm!...

Well, honey, a shot never does a coke any harm!

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: For a creative person there's just as much pleasure in writing an eight-line poem as there is in writing a blockbuster play ... of the old … with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: For a creative person there's just as much pleasure in writing an eight-line poem as there is in wri...

For a creative person there's just as much pleasure in writing an eight-line poem as there is in writing a blockbuster play ... of the old '50s type.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: All creative work, all life in a sense, is a cri de coeur. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: All creative work, all life in a sense, is a cri de coeur....

All creative work, all life in a sense, is a cri de coeur.

--Tennessee Williams

quote by Tennessee Williams: I've been accused of having a death wish but I think it's life that I wish for, terribly, shamelessly, on any terms whatsoever. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: I've been accused of having a death wish but I think it's life that I wish for, terribly, shamelessl...

I've been accused of having a death wish but I think it's life that I wish for, terribly, shamelessly, on any terms whatsoever.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: It's no tragedy, Freckles. Glass breaks so easily. No matter how careful you are. with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: It's no tragedy, Freckles. Glass breaks so easily. No matter how careful you are....

It's no tragedy, Freckles. Glass breaks so easily. No matter how careful you are.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Animals have sections in their stomachs which enable them to digest food without mastication, but human beings are supposed to chew their f… with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Animals have sections in their stomachs which enable them to digest food without mastication, but hu...

Animals have sections in their stomachs which enable them to digest food without mastication, but human beings are supposed to chew their food before they swallow it down... So chew your food and give your salivary glands a chance to function!

--Tennessee Williams
quote by Tennessee Williams: Oh, I haven't reached any peak. I hit the bottom in the '60s. When a certain actress undertook the leading role in a recent play of mine, s… with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: Oh, I haven't reached any peak. I hit the bottom in the '60s. When a certain actress undertook the l...

Oh, I haven't reached any peak. I hit the bottom in the '60s. When a certain actress undertook the leading role in a recent play of mine, she referred to me as that old derelict. Not to my face, but behind my back.

--Tennessee Williams
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No, truth is something desperate, an' she's got it. Believe me, it's something desperate, an' she's got it.

--Tennessee Williams
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Walls are built up between people a hell of a damn sight faster than -- broken down.

--Tennessee Williams
quote by 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, th… with background image: photo of author Tennessee Williams with quote: I try to work every day because you have no refuge but writing. When you're going through a period o...

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
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Revolution begins in putting on bright colors.

--Tennessee Williams

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