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14 Tennessee Williams Quotes on Love

Happy Valentine’s Day!



 In lieu of this holiday of love, here are some quotes on love and life from one of America’s most beloved  and poetic playwrights, Tennessee Williams.

 Feel free to share with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day!


  1. “Physical Beauty is passing – a transitory possession – but beauty of the mind, richness of the spirit, tenderness of the heart – I have all these things – aren’t taken away but grow! Increase with the years!” (From Streetcar Named Desire)

  2. “Everybody is nothing until you love them.” (From The Rose Tattoo)

  3. “The name of a person you love is more than language.” 

  4.  “Oh, You can’t describe someone you’re in love with!” (From Streetcar Named Desire)

  5. “I try to work every day because you have no refuge but writing. When you’re going through a period of unhappiness, a broken love affair, the death of someone you love, or some other disorder in your life, then you have no refuge but writing.” 

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

  7. “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.” (From Streetcar Named Desire)

  8. “Nobody sees anybody truly but all through the flaws of their own egos. That is the way we all see …each other in life. Vanity, fear, desire, competition– all such distortions within our own egos- condition our vision of those in relation to us.”

  9. “The future is called ‘perhaps’, which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the only important thing is not to allow that to scare you.” (From Orpheus Descending)

  10. “Make voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else.” (From Camino Real)

  11. “I don’t want realism. I want magic!” (From Streetcar Named Desire)

  12. “Being disappointed is one thing and being discouraged is something else. I am disappointed but I am not discouraged.” (From The Glass Menagerie)

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

  14. “Has it ever struck you that life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quick you hardly catch it going?” (From The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore)



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