Tennessee Williams Quotes

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Humanity is just a work in progress.
— Tennessee Williams
A snare for the truth of human experience.

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The loveliest of all four-letter words—Work!


Time is the longest distance between two places.
— Tennessee Williams


I'm not living with you.  We occupy the same cage.
All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
— Tennessee Williams


Caged birds accept each other but flight is what they long for.


There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.


We have to mistrust each other.  It is our only defense against betrayal.

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

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Without deprivation and struggle there is no salvation and I am just a sword cutting daisies.


When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.
— Tennessee Williams


Snatching the eternal out of the desperately fleeting is the great magic trick of human existence.
— Tennessee Williams


Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by so quick you hardly catch it going.
— Tennessee Williams
Life is all memory except for the one present moment that goes by you so quick you hardly catch it going.


High station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.


Time is a merciless thing.  I think life is a process of burning oneself out and time is the fire that burns you.


Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle you are equipped with the basic means of salvation.

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Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it ... Success is shy—it won't come out while you're watching.
— Tennessee Williams


Time rushes toward us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitable fatal operation.