Tennessee Williams

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Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983) was an American playwright and author of many stage classics. Along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller he is considered among the three foremost playwrights in 20th-century American drama. After years of obscurity, he became suddenly famous with The Glass Menagerie (1944), closely reflecting his own unhappy family background. This heralded a string of successes, including A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), and Sweet Bird of Youth (1959). His later work attempted a new style that did not appeal to audiences, and alcohol and drug dependence further inhibited his creative output. His drama A Streetcar Named Desire is often numbered on the short list of the finest American plays of the 20th century alongside Long Day's Journey into Night and Death of a Salesman. Much of Williams' mos... More

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Tennessee Williams #Alone

Photo of Tennessee Williams When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.
Tennessee Williams #Art

Photo of Tennessee Williams All good art is an indiscretion.
Tennessee Williams #Death

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

Photo of Tennessee Williams Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out an death's the other.
Tennessee Williams #Death

Photo of Tennessee Williams Death is one moment, and life is so many of them.
Tennessee Williams #Failure #Success

Photo of Tennessee Williams Success and failure are equally disastrous.
Tennessee Williams #Future

Photo of 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 #Life

Photo of Tennessee Williams To be free is to have achieved your life.
Tennessee Williams #Life

Photo of Tennessee Williams I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person. But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really.
Tennessee Williams #Alone

Photo of Tennessee Williams We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.
Tennessee Williams #Money

Photo of Tennessee Williams You can be young without money but you can't be old without it.
Tennessee Williams #Music

Photo of Tennessee Williams In memory everything seems to happen to music.
Tennessee Williams #Nature

Photo of Tennessee Williams The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.
Tennessee Williams #Nature

Photo of Tennessee Williams A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.
Tennessee Williams #Success

Photo of 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 #Time

Photo of Tennessee Williams Time is the longest distance between two places.
Tennessee Williams #Time

Photo of Tennessee Williams For time is the longest distance between two places.
Tennessee Williams #Work

Photo of Tennessee Williams We're all of us guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.
Tennessee Williams #God #Work

Photo of Tennessee Williams All of us are guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.
Tennessee Williams #Failure #Success #Work

Photo of 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 #Success

Photo of 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 #Life

Photo of Tennessee Williams Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.
Tennessee Williams #Work

Photo of Tennessee Williams The strongest influences in my life and my work are always whomever I love. Whomever I love and am with most of the time, or whomever I remember most vividly. I think that's true of everyone, don't you?