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You can be young without money but you can't be old without it.
A drinking man's someone who wants to forget he isn't still young and believing
People go to the movies instead of moving.
All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
Man is by instinct a lover, a hunter, a fighter.
The theatre is a place where one has time for the problems of people to whom one would show the door if they came to one's office for a job.
A prayer for the wild at heart kept in cages.
Ignorance of mortality is a comfort.
A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.
Mendacity is a system that we live in, " declares Brick. "Liquor is one way out an'death's the other.
...the human animal is a selfish beast...
In memory everything seems to happen to music.
All good art is an indiscretion.
He was always running or bounding, never just walking. He seemed always at the point of defeating the law of gravity.
To you, whoever you are, when I am gone — remember to be kind tonight to some lonely person. For me.
-The little comfort of love?-Is that comfort so little?-Caged birds accept each other but flight is what they long for.
Revolution begins in putting on bright colors.
If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.
Of course, you were crowned with laurel in the beginning, your gold hair was wreathed with laurel, but the gold is thinning and the laurel has withered. Face it – pitiful monster.
I go to the movies because – I like adventure. Adventure is something I don’t have much of at work, so I go to the movies.
Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out an death's the other.
When things don't change, their sameness becomes an accretion. That is why all society puts on flesh. Succumbs to the cubicles and begins to fill them.
I know! WHY! – Am I so catty? – Cause I’m consumed with envy an’ eaten up with longing? –
Nobody sees anybody truly but all through the flaws of their own egos. That is the way we all see each other in
Security is a kind of death.
Life is all memory except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.
When I stop [working] the rest of the day is posthumous. I'm only really alive when I'm working.
It's interesting, isn't it? . . . the chandelier . . . it reminds me of mushroom soup.
Success and failure are equally disastrous.
Make voyages. Attempt them. There's nothing else.
We're all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins for life.
I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.
You'll be surprised how infinitely merciful they [these tablets] are. The prescription number is 96814. I think of it as the telephone number of God!
What's talent but the ability to get away with something?
When I stop working the rest of the day is posthumous. I'm only really alive when I'm writing.
Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.
All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent
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.
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.
...love, all at once and much, much too completely. It's like you suddenly turn a blinding light on something that had always been half a shadow...
When you look at a piece of delicately spun glass you think of two things: how beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken.
We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.
Some things are not forgiveable. Deliberate cruelty is not forgiveable. It is the most unforgiveable thing in my opinion, and the one thing in which I have never, ever been guilty.
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...
Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable.--Blanche Dubois
You can be young without money, but you can't be old without it.
For time is the longest distance between two places.
Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.
In human character, simplicity doesn't exist except among simpletons.
I think that hate is a feeling that can only exist where there is no understanding.