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Tennessee Williams Quotes and Sayings

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Time rushes towards us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics,
even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.
- Tennessee Williams

Related topics: Death

Oh, you weak, beautiful people
who give up with such grace.
What you need is someone to take hold of you -
gently, with love, and hand your life back to you.
- Tennessee Williams

The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.
- Tennessee Williams

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

 

If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.
- Tennessee Williams

We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins,
for life.
- Tennessee Williams

All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
- Tennessee Williams

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A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the
stuff that nature replaces it with.
- Tennessee Williams

Luxury is the wolf at the door and its fangs are the
vanities and conceits germinated by success.
When an artist learns this, he knows where the danger is.
- Tennessee Williams

We have to distrust each other.
It is our only defense against betrayal.
- Tennessee Williams

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

If I am no longer disturbed myself, I will deal less with disturbed people,
but I don't regret having concerned myself with them
because I think most of us are disturbed.
- Tennessee Williams

Life is an unanswered question, but let's still believe
in the dignity and importance of the question.
- Tennessee Williams

The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that's also a hypocrite!
- Tennessee Williams

In memory everything seems to happen to music.
- Tennessee Williams

Most of the confidence which I appear to feel,
especially when influenced by noon wine,
is only a pretense.
- Tennessee Williams

I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can
a rude remark or a vulgar action.
- Tennessee Williams

All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them,
are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.
- Tennessee Williams

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

Luck is believing you're lucky.
- Tennessee Williams

For time is the longest distance between two places.
- Tennessee Williams

The future is called 'perhaps,' which is the only possible
thing to call the future.
And the important thing is not to allow that to scare you.
- Tennessee Williams

Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.
- Tennessee Williams

Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a
person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person.
- Tennessee Williams

You can be young without money but you can't be old without it.
- Tennessee Williams

Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.
- Tennessee Williams

A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with
which appalling experiences are survived with grace.
- Tennessee Williams

All of us are guinea pigs in the laboratory of God.
Humanity is just a work in progress.
- Tennessee Williams

All good art is an indiscretion.
- Tennessee Williams

Death is one moment, and life is so many of them.
- Tennessee Williams

When I stop working the rest of the day is posthumous.
I'm only really alive when I'm writing.
- Tennessee Williams

What is straight? A line can be straight,
or a street, but the human heart, oh,
no, it's curved like a road through mountains.
- Tennessee Williams

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

Don't look forward to the day you stop suffering,
because when it comes you'll know you're dead.
- Tennessee Williams

Success and failure are equally disastrous.
- Tennessee Williams

Mendacity is a system that we live in.
Liquor is one way out an death's the other.
- 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 most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother.
It's inflammatory.
- Tennessee Williams

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
- Tennessee Williams

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

To be free is to have achieved your life.
- Tennessee Williams

I have always been pushed by the negative.
The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my
typewriter that very night,
before the reviews are out.
I am more compelled to get back to work than if I had a success.
- Tennessee Williams

Some mystery should be left in the revelation of character in a play,
just as a great deal of mystery is always left in the
revelation of character in life,
even in one's own character to himself.
- Tennessee Williams

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

The strongest influences in my life and my work are always whomever I love.
Whomever I love and am with most of the time,
or whomever I remember most vividly.
I think that's true of everyone, don't you?
- Tennessee Williams

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

You will never find time for anything.
If you want time you must make it.
- Charles Buxton

Find a time and place of solitude.
Look into the distance, and into the future.
Visualize the tomorrow you are going to build -
and begin to build that tomorrow, today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Who forces time is pushed back by time;
who yields to time finds time on his side.
- The Talmud

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

There is only one time that is important - NOW!
It is the most important time because
it is the only time that we have any power.
- Leo Tolstoy

The bad news is time flies.
The good news is you're the pilot.
- Michael Althsuler

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

A time for work, a time for play -
balance in all things.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you feel the need to hurry,
remember that everything in life is a CHOICE.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To say "too busy" is merely
to say "confused priorities."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do you feel stuck?
Whether in a project, a job, a relationship,
or some other situation,
there is a time for perseverance,
and a time for letting go and moving on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The way lies in softness and patience,
as the softest water cuts through the hardest rock.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time
like dew on the tip of a leaf.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Urgent? Why?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Little minds have little worries,
big minds have no time for worries.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

A wise man will make haste to forgive,
because he knows the true value of time,
and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
- Samuel Johnson

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

Once you have mastered time,
you will understand how true it is that
most people overestimate what
they can accomplish in a year -
and underestimate what
they can achieve in a decade!
- Tony Robbins

Nurturing is not complex.
It's simply being tuned in to the thing or person before you
and offering small gestures toward what it needs at that time.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


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