She is pure Alice in Wonderland, and her appearance and demeanor are a nicely judged mix of the Red Queen and a Flamingo.

โ€” Truman Capote

The most useful Truman Capote quotes that will add value to your life

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.

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A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue.

That's why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet.

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I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.

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The wind is us-- it gathers and remembers all our voices, then sends them talking and telling through the leaves and the fields.

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Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot.

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I love New York, even though it isn't mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because I belong to it.

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When you've got nowhere to turn, turn on the gas.

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Well, I'm about as tall as a shotgun, and just as noisy.

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You call yourself a free spirit, a "wild thing," and you're terrified somebody's gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you're already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it's not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It's wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.

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I don't mean I'd mind being rich and famous.

That's very much on my schedule, and someday I'll try to get around to it; but if it happens, I'd like to have my ego tagging along. I want to still be me when I wake up one fine morning and have breakfast at Tiffany's.

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Past certain ages or certain wisdoms it is very difficult to look with wonder;

it is best done when one is a child; after that, and if you are lucky, you will find a bridge of childhood and walk across it.

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Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.

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About Truman Capote

Quotes 291 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

The brain may take advice, but not the heart.

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They can romanticize us so, mirrors, and that is their secret: what a subtle torture it would be to destroy all the mirrors in the world: where then could we look for reassurance of our identities?

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There were hints of sunrise on the rim of the sky, yet it was still dark, and the traces of morning color were like goldfish swimming in ink.

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To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make.

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Still, when all is said, somewhere one must belong: even the soaring falcon returns to its master's wrist.

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The most dangerous thing in the world is to make a friend of an Englishman, because he'll come sleep in your closet rather than spend 10 shillings on a hotel.

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Some cities, like wrapped boxes under Christmas trees, conceal unexpected gifts, secret delights. Some cities will always remain wrapped boxes, containers of riddles never to be solved, nor even to be seen by vacationing visitors, or, for that matter, the most inquisitive, persistent travelers.

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That isn't writing at all, it's typing.

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Never love a wild thing...If you let yourself love a wild thing. You'll end up looking at the sky.

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I was terribly sure trees and flowers were the same as birds or people.

That they thought things and talked among themselves. And we could hear them if we really tried. It was just a matter of emptying your head of all other sounds. Being very quiet and listening very hard. Sometimes I still believe that. But one can never get quiet enough.

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Most people don't find their creativity.

There are more unsung geniuses that don't even know they have great talent.

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Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade, just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.

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Fame is only good for one thing - they will cash your check in a small town.

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Are the dead as lonesome as the living?

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Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.

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Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot".

~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958, spoken by the character Holly Golightly

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What we want most is to be held...and told..that everything (everything is a funny thing, is baby milk and papa's eyes, is roaring logs on a cold morning, is hoot owls and the boy who makes you cry after school, is mama's long hair, is being afraid and twisted faces on the bedroom wall)...is going to be alright.

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Life is difficult enough without Meryl Streep movies.

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our real fears are the sounds of footsteps walking in the corridors of our minds, and the anxieties, the phantom floatings, they create.

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New York is the only real city-city.

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No one will ever know what 'In Cold Blood' took out of me.

It scraped me right down to the marrow of my bones. It nearly killed me. I think, in a way, it did kill me.

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The good thing about masturbation is that you don't have to get dressed up for it.

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The brain may take advice, but not the heart, and love, having no geography, knows no boundaries: weight and sink it deep, no matter, it will rise and find the surface.

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Oh, I adore to cook. It makes me feel so mindless in a worthwhile way.

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Reading dreams. That's what started her walking down the road. Every day she'd walk a little further: a mile, and come home. Two miles, and come home. One day she just kept on.

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Good luck and believe me, dearest Doc - it's better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear.

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She was a triumph over ugliness, so often more beguiling than real beauty, if only because it contains paradox. In this case, as opposed to the scrupulous method of good taste and scientific grooming, the trick had been worked by exaggerating defects; she'd made them ornamental by admitting them boldly.

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It is very seldom that a person loves anyone they cannot in some way envy.

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A work of art is one of mystery, the one extreme magic;

everything else is either arithmetic or biology.

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Great fury, like great whisky, requires long fermentation.

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My yardstick is how somebody treats me.

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Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.

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[L]ove, having no geography, knows no boundaries.

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I've never had an affair with somebody who wasn't at the same time a very good friend of mine, if you see what I mean.

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You canโ€™t give your heart to a wild thing.

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It's a scientific fact that if you stay in California you lose one point of your IQ every year.

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Intelligence alone can't make a good writer and style alone can't make a good writer - that is, not a really important or significant writer - but the two things together make a really good writer.

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