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date: 29 June 2022

Tennessee Williams 1911–83
American dramatist 

  1. We have to distrust each other. It's our only defence against betrayal.
    Camino Real (1953)
  2. We're all of us guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.
    Camino Real (1953)
  3. 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
  4. I'm not living with you. We occupy the same cage.
    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955) act 1
  5. You can be young without money but you can't be old without it.
    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955) act 1
  6. 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
  7. Time is the longest distance between two places.
    The Glass Menagerie (1945)
  8. All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
    The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (1963)
  9. We're all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life!
    Orpheus Descending (1958) act 2, sc. 1
  10. 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
  11. I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
    A Streetcar Named Desire (1947) sc. 11