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Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
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Truman Capote
“would you reach in the drawer there and give me my purse. A girl doesn't read this sort of thing without her lipstick.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Short Novel and Three Stories

Truman Capote
“What I found does the most good is just to get into a taxi and go to Tiffany's. It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it;nothing very bad could happen to you there. ”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Short Novel and Three Stories

Truman Capote
“It's a bore, but the answer is good things only happen to you if you're good. Good? Honest is more what I mean. Not lawtype honest--I'd rob a grave, I'd steal two-bits off a dead man's eyes if I thought it would contribute to the day's enjoyment--but unto-thyself-type honest. Be anything but a coward, a pretender, an emotional crook, a whore: I'd rather have cancer than a dishonest heart. Which isn't being pious. Just practical. Cancer may cool you, but the other's sure to.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Short Novel and Three Stories

Truman Capote
“I'm very scared, Buster. Yes, at last. Because it could go on forever. Not knowing what's yours until you've thrown it away.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Short Novel and Three Stories

Truman Capote
“The answer is good things only happen to you if you're good. Good? Honest is more what I mean... Be anything but a coward, a pretender, an emotional crook, a whore: I'd rather have cancer than a dishonest heart.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's

Truman Capote
“Good luck and believe me, dearest Doc - it's better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's

Truman Capote
“I don't mean I'd mind being rich and famous. That's very much on my schedule, and someday I'll try to get around to it; but if it happens, I'd like to have my ego tagging along. I want to still be me when I wake up one fine morning and have breakfast at Tiffany's.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's

Truman Capote
“Wrinkles and bones, white hair and diamonds: I can't wait.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's

Truman Capote
“The blues are because you're getting fat or maybe it's been raining too long. You're sad, that's all. But the mean reds are horrible. You're afraid and you sweat like hell, but you don't know what you're afraid of. Except something bad is going to happen, only you don't know what it is.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's

Truman Capote
“I told you: you can make yourself love anybody.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's

Truman Capote
“Reading dreams. That's what started her walking down the road. Every day she'd walk a little further: a mile, and come home. Two miles, and come home. One day she just kept on.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's

Truman Capote
“Maybe the older you grow and the less easy it is to put thought into action, maybe that’s why it gets all locked up in your head and becomes a burden.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's

Truman Capote
“You call yourself a free spirit, a "wild thing," and you're terrified somebody's gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you're already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it's not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It's wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's

Truman Capote
“I don't think I've ever drunk champagne before breakfast before. With breakfast on several occasions, but never before before.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's

Truman Capote
“She's such a goddamn liar maybe she don't know herself anymore.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's

Truman Capote
“Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's

Truman Capote
“But you can't give your heart to a wild thing: the more you do the stronger they get. Until they're strong enough to run into the woods. Or fly into a tree. Then a taller tree. Then the sky. That's how you'll end up Mr. Bell. If you let yourself love a wild thing. You'll end up looking at the sky.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's

Truman Capote
“Oh Jesus God we did belong to each other. He was mine.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's

Truman Capote
“Those final weeks, spanning end of summer and the beginning of another autumn, are blurred in memory, perhaps because our understanding of each other had reached that sweet depth where two people communicate more often in silence than in words: an affectionate quietness replaces the tensions, the unrelaxed chatter and chasing about that produce a friendship’s more showy, more, in the surface sense, dramatic moments.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's

Truman Capote
“You’re wrong. She is a phony. But on the other hand you’re right. She isn’t a phony because she’s a real phony. She believes all this crap she believes. You can’t talk her out of it.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's


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