Tennessee Williams Top 10 Quotes


I don't want realism. I want magic!

Tennessee Williams


A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.

Tennessee Williams (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1955)


Security is a kind of death.

Tennessee Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire, 1947)


I think that hate is a thing, a feeling, that can only exist where there is no understanding.

Tennessee Williams (Sweed Bird of Youth, 1959)


Caged birds accept each other but flight is what they long for.

Tennessee Williams (Camino Real, 1953)


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.

Tennessee Williams (The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, 1963)


There is a time for departure, even when there is no certain place to go.

Tennessee Williams (Camino Real, 1953)


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

Tennessee Williams (The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, 1963)


Make voyages! - Attempt them! - there's nothing else...

Tennessee Williams (Camino Real, 1953)


To be free is to have achieved your life.

Tennessee Williams (Memoirs)

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Tennessee Williams Biography

Born: March 26, 1911
Died: February 25, 1983

Tennessee Williams was an American writer and playwright. He has been and was during his time very influenetial on various works including those works that were for the cinema.

Notable Works

Spring Storm (1937)
Fugitive Kind (1937)
Not About Nightingales (1938)
The Glass Menagerie (1944)
Orpheus Descending (1945)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1947)
The Rose Tattoo (1951)
Camino Real (1953)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955)

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