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Tennessee Williams
March 26, 1911 - February 25, 1983
Nationality: American
Category: Dramatist
Subcategory: American Dramatist

All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.


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


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.


Time is the longest distance between two places.


We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it.


I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.


The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother. It's inflammatory.


Time rushes towards us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.


Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person.


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.


If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.


When I stop working the rest of the day is posthumous. I'm only really alive when I'm writing.


A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.


Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle, you are equipped with the basic means of salvation.


The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.


Life is an unanswered question, but let's still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.


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


Some mystery should be left in the revelation of character in a play, just as a great deal of mystery is always left in the revelation of character in life, even in one's own character to himself.


We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal.


Death is one moment, and life is so many of them.

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