35 Inspirational Tennessee Williams Quotes On Success

Thomas Lanier Williams III,  known by his pen name Tennessee Williams, was an American playwright. Along with contemporaries Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller, he is considered among the three foremost playwrights of 20th-century American drama. At age 33, after years of obscurity, Williams suddenly became famous with the success of The Glass Menagerie (1944) in New York City. This play closely reflected his own unhappy family background. May these Tennessee Williams Quotes On Success inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

1. “Luck is believing you’re lucky.” Tennessee Williams

2. “Success and failure are equally disastrous.” Tennessee Williams

3. “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

4. “Talent? What is talent but the ability to get away with something?” Tennessee Williams

5. “Time doesn’t take away from true friendship, nor does separation.” Tennessee Williams

6. “Life is an unanswered question, but let’s still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.” Tennessee Williams

7. “Not facing a fire doesn’t put it out.” Tennessee Williams

8. “If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.” Tennessee Williams

9. “The scene is memory and is therefore nonrealistic. Memory takes a lot of poetic license. It omits some details, others are exaggerated, according to the emotional value of the articles it touches, for memory is seated predominantly in the heart.” Tennessee Williams

10. “Don’t you think there is always something unspoken between two people?” Tennessee Williams

11. “Vanity, fear, desire, competition – all such distortions within our own egos – condition our vision of those in relation to us. Add to those distortions to our own egos the corresponding distortions in the egos of others, and you see how cloudy the glass must become through which we look at each other.” Tennessee Williams

12. “The object of art is to make eternal the desperately fleeting moment.” Tennessee Williams

13. “You can be young without money but you can’t be old without it.” Tennessee Williams

14. “Everybody is nothing until you love them.” Tennessee Williams

15. “Revolution only needs good dreamers who remember their dreams.” Tennessee Williams

16. “Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.” Tennessee Williams

17. “Caged birds accept each other, but flight is what they long for.” Tennessee Williams

18. “There are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ people. Some are a little better or a little worse, but all are activated more by misunderstanding than malice. A blindness to what is going on in each other’s hearts.” Tennessee Williams

19. “I don’t believe in “original sin.” I don’t believe in “guilt.” I don’t believe in villains or heroes – only right or wrong ways that individuals have taken, not by choice but by necessity or by certain still-uncomprehended influences in themselves, their circumstances, and their antecedents. This is so simple I’m ashamed to say it, but I’m sure it’s true. In fact, I would bet my life on it! And that’s why I don’t understand why our propaganda machines are always trying to teach us, to persuade us, to hate and fear other people on the same little world that we live in.” Tennessee Williams

20. “Don’t look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you’ll know you’re dead.” Tennessee Williams

21. “To change is to live, to live is to change, and not to change is to die.” Tennessee Williams

22. “There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors.” Tennessee Williams

23. “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

24. “The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that’s also a hypocrite!” Tennessee Williams

25. “Nothing’s more determined than a cat on a hot tin roof.” Tennessee Williams

26. “All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.” Tennessee Williams

27. “At the age of fourteen I discovered writing as an escape from a world of reality in which I felt acutely uncomfortable.” Tennessee Williams

28. “The only unforgivable sin is deliberate cruelty.” Tennessee Williams

29. “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

30. “A prayer for the wild at heart kept in cages.” Tennessee Williams

31. “There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go.” Tennessee Williams

32. “Men don’t want anything they get too easy. But on the other hand, men lose interest quickly.” Tennessee Williams

33. “Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.” Tennessee Williams

34. “If you can’t be yourself, what’s the point of being anyone else?” Tennessee Williams

35. “We are all of us born, live and die in the shadow of a giant question mark that refers to three questions: Where do we come from? Why? And where, oh where, are we going!” Tennessee Williams

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