Quotes by: Tennessee Williams

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Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams (age 54) photographed by Orland Fernandez in 1965 for the 20th anniversary of The Glass Menagerie
Born Thomas Lanier Williams III
(1911-03-26)March 26, 1911
Columbus, Mississippi, U.S.
Died February 25, 1983(1983-02-25) (aged 71)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Resting place Calvary Cemetery
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Nationality American
Years active 1930–83
Partner(s) Pancho Rodríguez y González
Frank Merlo
Robert Carroll
Parent(s) Edwina and Cornelius Coffin Williams

We're all of us guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.
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
I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.
Tennessee Williams
Most of the confidence which I appear to feel, especially when influenced by noon wine, is only a pretense.
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
There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.
Tennessee Williams
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
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
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
Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out an death's the other.
Tennessee Williams
We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.
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
Life is an unanswered question, but let's still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.
Tennessee Williams
A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.
Tennessee Williams
A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.
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
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