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Tennessee Williams
American dramatist
(1911-83)



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I didn't go to the moon, I went much further -- for time is the longest distance between two places.
-- The Glass Menagerie (1945), act 1

Turn that off! I won't be looked at in this merciless glare!
-- A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), sc. 1

I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can stand a rude remark or a vulgar action.
-- A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), sc. 3

BLANCHE: I don't want realism.
MITCH: Naw, I guess not.
BLANCHE: I'll tell you what I want. Magic!
-- A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), sc. 9

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
-- A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), sc. 11

The only thing worse than a liar is a liar who is also a hypocrite!
-- The Rose Tattoo (1951), act 3

It's a terrible thing for an old woman to outlive her dogs.
-- Camino Real (1953), prologue

Bohemia has no banner. It survives by discretion.
-- Camino Real (1953), block 7

We have to distrust each other. It's our only defence against betrayal.
-- Camino Real (1953), block 10

We're all of us guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.
-- Camino Real (1953), block 12

You can be young without money but you can't be old without it.
-- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), act 1

What is the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof? -- I wish I knew. .. Just staying on it, I guess, as long as she can.
-- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), act 1

BRICK: Well, they say nature hates a vacuum, Big Daddy.
BIG DADDY: That's what they say, but sometimes I think that a vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.
-- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), act 2

We're all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life!
-- Orpheus Descending (1958), act 2, sc. 1


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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