My lasting impression of Truman Capote is that he was a terribly gentle, terribly sensitive, and terribly sad man.

— Alvin Ailey

Fantastic Capote quotations

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

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

Jimmy Carter as President is like Truman Capote marrying Dolly Parton.

The job is just too big for him.

A society person who is enthusiastic about modern painting or Truman Capote is already half a traitor to his class. It is middle-class people who, quite mistakenly, imagine that a lively pursuit of the latest in reading and painting will advance their status in the world.

I love Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, Flannery O'Connor. I read a lot of American writers.

Capote, of course, addressed very similar themes to Good Night and Good Luck.

Both films are about determined journalists defying obstacles in a relentless pursuit of the truth. Needless to say, both are period pieces.

I really, really like writing songs. Capote wrote every day. He said that's the only way, you have to sit down every day and do it...Something that's written out is okay, but it's not always a clear indication of what a person means.

I read Carver. Julio Cortázar. Amis's essays. Baldwin. Lorrie Moore. Capote. Saramago. Larkin. Wodehouse. Anything, anything at all, that doesn't sound like me.

In Kamby Bolongo Mean River damage and delusion walk hand in hand, and everything we think we know is gradually called into question. Reading like a cross between Samuel Beckett's 'The Calmative' and Gordon Lish's Dear Mr. Capote, Robert Lopez's new novel gets under your skin and latches on.

I don't think Capote loved Smith. But he did make a deep connection. It upset some people, because that had never been the approach to journalistic crime writing, to look into the mind of the killer.

Capote wrote every day. He said that's the only way, you have to sit down every day and do it.

I am the heterosexual Truman Capote.

Truman Capote has made lying an art. A minor art.

My advice to young writers would be to write every day, even if it is only a few words. Get yourself on the habit of writing and it will become a lifelong one. And find a place to write where you are physically comfortable. You can't concentrate if you aren't. Ernest Hemingway could only write standing up, and Truman Capote could only write lying down!

[ New York ] is a place that worships incompetence particularly if it's combined with energy and paranoid self-confidence. Only in a city like New York could Truman Capote have made it, or John Simon.

People like to re-invent you, according to cliché.

There are a lot of stores about me that really apply only to Capote or Mailer or somebody else. Everything is a mish mash.

With "Good Night, and Good Luck," I think it's kind of obvious what [Truman Capote]'s getting at there, and the importance of how it's playing out today, that is journalism doing, are the journalists doing their job, are they being the other checks and balances in our country that the way that obviously Edward R. Murrow was back then.

[Truman Capote] was not only just selling his writing, but he was selling himself as a person.

When you think about [Truman] Capote in the - was what he did exploitative of a person's life or exploitative of these murders? You look at our culture now, you look at celebrity and how it plays out in our culture now, and Capote was one of the great PR men of his time.

It's hard these days to have a conversation, at least it is for me, about [Truman]Capote without "Good Night, and Good Luck" coming up in the same conversation.

When you see the carrot at the end of the stick, what do you do to get it? These kinds of things that come up, that come up in the story of Capote writing "In Cold Blood," and when you see the movie, you'll see what I'm talking about.

There's things that you don't want to do and they keep haunting you and following you. Bennett Miller directed this project [Capote], who is a friend of mine since I was 16, and Danny Futterman wrote it, and he's also been a friend of mine since I was 16.

Are there any writers on the literary scene whom I consider truly great? Yes: Truman Capote.

I remember writing 'The One I Can't Have' at the kitchen table.

I was looking at a picture of Truman Capote with Marilyn Monroe and that's where I started. It doesn't make any sense because he was gay, but it was just the idea of the short guy and the beautiful blonde out of his league. That's where I started, but very quickly it became about me.

I didn't sound anything like Capote at the screen test.

It was more like Bob Dylan. In his early years. With the flu.

Capote I truly loathed. The way you might loathe an animal. A filthy animal that has found its way into the house.

Look at Picasso. O’Neill. Tennessee Williams. Capote. Were these shiny happy people spreading sunshine? No. Only the greatest of personal demons can force you to do powerful work.

To wake up one morning and feel that I was a last a grown-up person, emptied of resentment, vengeful thoughts and other wasteful childish emotions. To find myself, in other words, an adult. Truman Capote

I love 'Capote.' Huge fan of Philip Seymour Hoffman; if he's not my all-time favorite actor he's definitely in my top five. I just love him so much.