Thomas Lanier Williams III, better known by the nickname Tennessee Williams, was a major American playwright of the twentieth century who received many of the top theatrical awards for his work. He moved to New Orleans in 1939 and changed his name to "Tennessee," the state of his father's birth.
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Luck is believing you're lucky.
Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle, you are equipped with the basic means of salvation.
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.
All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
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.
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.
If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.
I don't mean what other people mean when they speak of a home, because I don't regard a home as a...well, as a place, a building...a house...of wood, bricks, stone. I think of a home as being a thing that two people have between them in which each can...well, nest.
There is no pleasure in the world like writing well and going fast.
It's like nothing else. It's like a love affair, it goes on and on, and doesn't end in marriage. It's all courtship.
Devils can be driven out of the heart by the touch of a hand on a hand, or a mouth on a mouth.
We live on two levels ... the realistic level and the fantastic level, and which is the real one, really?
The biggest of all differences in this world is between the ones that had or have pleasure in love and those that haven't and hadn't any pleasure in love, but just watched with sick envy.
Why is it so damn hard for people to talk?
Life is an unanswered question, but let's believe in the dignity and important of the question.
Like a cat on a hot tin roof.
Perhaps the most vivid recollection of my youth is that of the local wheelmen, led by my father, stopping at our home to eat pone, sip mint juleps, and flog the field hands. This more than anything cultivated my life-long aversion to bicycles.
How long does it have to go on? This punishment? Haven't I done time enough, haven't I served my term? can't I apply for a-pardon?
I talk out the lines as I write them.
It is planned speeches that contain lies or dissimulations, not what you blurt out so spontaneously in one instant.
I'm not in sympathy with Communism except for populations which are in a state of peasantry, actually hungry and starving. The ideal state for me is some form of Socialism, which doesn't yet exist, as far as I know, which doesn't repress the arts, or any race. Consequently I'm not a political person ... except that I'm a revolutionary.
Not facing a fire doesn't put it out.
Oh, I haven't reached any peak. I hit the bottom in the '60s. When a certain actress undertook the leading role in a recent play of mine, she referred to me as "that old derelict." Not to my face, but behind my back.
When I write I don't aim to shock people, and I'm surprised when I do.
But I don't think that anything that occurs in life should be omitted from art, though the artist should present it in a fashion that is artistic and not ugly. I set out to tell the truth. And sometimes the truth is shocking.
The trouble with this world is that everybody has to compromise and conform.
All my life I have been haunted by the obsession that to desire a thing or to love a thing intensely is to place yourself in a vulnerable position, to be a possible, if not a probable, loser of what you most want. Let's leave it like that.
Time is the longest distance between two places.
The work of a writer, his continuing work, depends for breath of life on a certain privacy of heart.
I think no more than a week after I started writing I ran into the first block.
It's hard to describe it in a way that will be understandable to anyone who is not a neurotic.
Switch clicking off in my head, turning the hot light off and the cool night on and — [He looks up, smiling sadly.] — all of a sudden there's—peace!
There's no better credit card in the world than driving up at a bank door in a Cadillac limousine.
My '60s plays were as good as most of the other plays I've written .
.. except I wasn't in a condition to refine them, to help in the rehearsal, or do anything. I was hardly conscious of what was going on except during the hours of the day when I was actually writing ... and that was with the aid of speed.
People are not so dreadful when you know them.
That's what you have to remember! And everybody has problems, not just you, but practically everybody has got some problems. You think of yourself as having the only problems, as being the only one who is disappointed. But just look around you and you will see lots of people as disappointed as you are.
The helpless can't help the helpless.
But since I have a poet's weakness for symbols, I am using this character also as a symbol; he is the long-delayed but always expected something that we live for.
Sorrow makes for sincerity, I think.
I have always been more interested in creating a character that contains something crippled. I think nearly all of us have some kind of defect.
You'll be surprised how infinitely merciful they [these tablets] are.
The prescription number is 96814. I think of it as the telephone number of God!
I respect a person that has had to fight and howl for his decency.
Personal lyricism is the outcry of prisoner to prisoner from the cell in solitary where each is confined for the duration of his life.
Being a memory play, it is dimly lighted, it is sentimental. It is not realistic.
Nobody sees anybody truly, but all through the flaws of their own ego.
When things don’t change, their sameness becomes an accretion.
That is why all society puts on flesh. Succumbs to the cubicles and begins to fill them.
A drinking man's someone who wants to forget he isn't still young an' believing.