Tennessee Williams Quotes

Most popular Tennessee Williams Quotes

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

theater truth

The loveliest of all four-letter words—Work!

work

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

time

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

honesty

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

freedom

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

change

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

betrayal trust

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

the world

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

adversity

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

loneliness

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

life

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.

memory

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

grace

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

time

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

life struggle purpose of life

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

success

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

time