Tennessee Williams Quotes

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Blanche DuBois, in A Streetcar Named Desire, sc. 11 (1947). Blanche's final words in the play.
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I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.
Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Blanche DuBois, in A Streetcar Named Desire, sc. 3 (1947).
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Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out an' death's the other.
Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Brick, in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, act 2.
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It is almost as if you were frantically constructing another world while the world that you live in dissolves beneath your feet, and that your survival depends on completing this construction at least one second before the old habitation collapses.
Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Camino Real, author's foreword, published in New York Times (March 15, 1953). Written prior to the play's Broadway première; real name is Thomas Lanier.
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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 (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Chris, in The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, sc. 6 (1963).
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When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.
Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Don Quixote, in "Prologue," Camino Real.
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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 (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Esmeralda, in Camino Real, block 12.
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The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It's inflammatory.
Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Gutman, in Camino Real, block 2. Birth name Thomas Lanier Williams.
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You said, "They're harmless dreamers and they're loved by the people."M"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 (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Gutman, in Camino Real, block 2. Speaking to the Generalissimo; birth name is Thomas Lanier Williams.
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You can be young without money but you can't be old without it.
Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. Margaret, in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, act 1.
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