Tennessee Williams Quotes

- Notable Tennessee Williams Quotes Index -

Born: March 26, 1911, Columbus, Mississippi, USA
Birth Country: USA
Died: New York City, New York, USA, February 25, 1983
Occupation: Author

1.
A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.
- Tennessee Williams

2.
All good art is an indiscretion.
- Tennessee Williams

3.
All of us are guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.
- Tennessee Williams

4.
Death is one moment, and life is so many of them.
- Tennessee Williams

5.
For time is the longest distance between two places.
- Tennessee Williams

6.
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

7.
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

8.
In memory everything seems to happen to music.
- Tennessee Williams

9.
Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.
- Tennessee Williams

10.
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

11.
Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out an death's the other.
- Tennessee Williams

12.
Success and failure are equally disastrous.
- Tennessee Williams

13.
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

14.
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

15.
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

16.
The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.
- Tennessee Williams

17.
Time is the longest distance between two places.
- Tennessee Williams

18.
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

19.
To be free is to have achieved your life.
- Tennessee Williams

20.
We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.
- Tennessee Williams

21.
We're all of us guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.
- Tennessee Williams

22.
When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.
- Tennessee Williams

23.
You can be young without money but you can't be old without it.
- Tennessee Williams

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