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  • #1
    Tennessee Williams
    “Time is the longest distance between two places.”
    Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

  • #2
    Tennessee Williams
    “If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.”
    Tennessee Williams, Conversations with Tennessee Williams

  • #3
    Tennessee Williams
    “A prayer for the wild at heart kept in cages.”
    Tennessee Williams, Stairs to the Roof

  • #4
    Tennessee Williams
    “There's a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.”
    Tennessee Williams
    tags: time

  • #5
    Tennessee Williams
    “How beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken.”
    Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

  • #6
    Tennessee Williams
    “I suppose 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.”
    Tennessee Williams

  • #7
    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 asked you, 'is harmless about the love of the people? Revolution only needs good dreamers who remember their dreams.”
    Tennessee Williams

  • #8
    Tennessee Williams
    “Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.”
    Tennessee Williams

  • #9
    Tennessee Williams
    “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.”
    Tennessee Williams, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore

  • #10
    Tennessee Williams
    “You can be young without money, but you can't be old without it.”
    Tennessee Williams

  • #11
    Tennessee Williams
    “There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors.”
    Tennessee Williams

  • #12
    Tennessee Williams
    “Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable.

    --Blanche Dubois”
    Tennessee Williams, Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire

  • #13
    Tennessee Williams
    “In memory, everything seems to happen to music.”
    Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

  • #14
    Tennessee Williams
    “Success and failure are equally disastrous.”
    Tennessee Williams

  • #15
    Tennessee Williams
    “Every time you come in yelling that God damn "Rise and Shine!" "Rise and Shine!" I say to myself, "How lucky dead people are!”
    Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

  • #16
    Tennessee Williams
    “We are all civilized people, wich means that we are all savages at heart but observing a few amenities of civilized behaviour.”
    Tennessee Williams

  • #17
    Tennessee Williams
    “What on earth can you do on this earth but catch at whatever comes near you, with both your fingers, until your fingers are broken?”
    Tennessee Williams, Orpheus Descending

  • #18
    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 understandable to anyone who is not a neurotic. I will try. 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. That block has always been there and always will be, and my chance of getting, or achieving, anything that I long for will always be gravely reduced by the interminable existence of that block.”
    Tennessee Williams

  • #19
    Tennessee Williams
    “You are the only young man that I know of who ignores the fact that the future becomes the present, the present the past, and the past turns into everlasting regret if you don't plan for it.”
    Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

  • #20
    Tennessee Williams
    “Nobody sees anybody truly but all through the flaws of their own egos. That is the way we all see ...each other in life. Vanity, fear, desire, competition-- all such distortions within our own egos-- condition our vision of those in relation to us. Add to those distortions to our own egos the corresponding distortions in the egos of others, and you see how cloudy the glass must become through which we look at each other. That's how it is in all living relationships except when there is that rare case of two people who love intensely enough to burn through all those layers of opacity and see each other's naked hearts.”
    Tennessee Williams

  • #21
    Tennessee Williams
    “I cannot write any sort of story unless there is at least one character in it for whom I have physical desire.”
    Tennessee Williams

  • #22
    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?”
    Tennessee Williams, Collected Stories

  • #23
    Tennessee Williams
    “We're all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.”
    Tennessee Williams

  • #24
    Tennessee Williams
    “What is the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof?—I wish I knew... Just staying on it, I guess, as long as she can...”
    Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

  • #25
    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”
    Tennessee Williams, Collected Stories

  • #26
    Tennessee Williams
    “Life is an unanswered question, but let's still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.”
    Tennessee Williams

  • #27
    Tennessee Williams
    “Time goes by so fast. Nothin' can outrun it. Death commences too early--almost before you're half-acquainted with life--you meet the other.”
    Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

  • #28
    Tennessee Williams
    “I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.”
    Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire

  • #29
    Tennessee Williams
    “Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.”
    Tennessee Williams

  • #30
    Tennessee Williams
    “Go, then! Go to the moon-you selfish dreamer!”
    Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie



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