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Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle,
by Tennessee Williams

Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle,
you are equipped with the basic means of salvation.
- Tennessee Williams

Oh, you weak, beautiful people
who give up with such grace.
What you need is someone to take hold of you -
gently, with love, and hand your life back to you.
- Tennessee Williams

Time rushes towards us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics,
even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.
- Tennessee Williams

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

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The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.
- Tennessee Williams

When I stop working the rest of the day is posthumous.
I'm only really alive when I'm writing.
- Tennessee Williams

If I am no longer disturbed myself, I will deal less with disturbed people,
but I don't regret having concerned myself with them
because I think most of us are disturbed.
- Tennessee Williams

 

To be free is to have achieved your life.
- Tennessee Williams

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

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

All good art is an indiscretion.
- Tennessee Williams

Mendacity is a system that we live in.
Liquor is one way out an death's the other.
- Tennessee Williams

When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely,
it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.
- Tennessee Williams

You can be young without money but you can't be old without it.
- Tennessee Williams

All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
- Tennessee Williams

If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.
- Tennessee Williams

Luck is believing you're lucky.
- Tennessee Williams

In memory everything seems to happen to music.
- Tennessee Williams

All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them,
are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.
- Tennessee Williams

Death is one moment, and life is so many of them.
- Tennessee Williams

There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.
- Tennessee Williams

All of us are guinea pigs in the laboratory of God.
Humanity is just a work in progress.
- Tennessee Williams

The most dangerous word in any human tongue is the word for brother.
It's inflammatory.
- Tennessee Williams

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

The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that's also a hypocrite!
- Tennessee Williams

A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with
which appalling experiences are survived with grace.
- Tennessee Williams

We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins,
for life.
- Tennessee Williams

Luxury is the wolf at the door and its fangs are the
vanities and conceits germinated by success.
When an artist learns this, he knows where the danger is.
- Tennessee Williams

Life is an unanswered question, but let's still believe
in the dignity and importance of the question.
- Tennessee Williams

Success and failure are equally disastrous.
- Tennessee Williams

For time is the longest distance between two places.
- Tennessee Williams

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
- Tennessee Williams

Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a
person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person.
- Tennessee Williams

Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.
- Tennessee Williams

Life is all memory, except for the one present moment
that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.
- Tennessee Williams

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,
locked in it.
- Tennessee Williams

Don't look forward to the day you stop suffering,
because when it comes you'll know you're dead.
- Tennessee Williams

Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.
- Tennessee Williams

We have to distrust each other.
It is our only defense against betrayal.
- Tennessee Williams

Most of the confidence which I appear to feel,
especially when influenced by noon wine,
is only a pretense.
- Tennessee Williams

I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can
a rude remark or a vulgar action.
- Tennessee Williams

I have always been pushed by the negative.
The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my
typewriter that very night,
before the reviews are out.
I am more compelled to get back to work than if I had a success.
- Tennessee Williams

Some mystery should be left in the revelation of character in a play,
just as a great deal of mystery is always left in the
revelation of character in life,
even in one's own character to himself.
- Tennessee Williams

The strongest influences in my life and my work are always whomever I love.
Whomever I love and am with most of the time,
or whomever I remember most vividly.
I think that's true of everyone, don't you?
- Tennessee Williams

I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria,
who were frightened of life, who were desperate to
reach out to another person.
But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really.
- Tennessee Williams

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

You only live once, and once is enough
if you play your cards right.
- the movie Interiors (1978)

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Once you know yourself as a genuine seeker,
and when your own inner chamber is quite enlightened,
then comes the natural unfoldment of pure love and compassion
and a genuine desire to serve others.
- Rod Stryker

Once we accept our limits, we can go beyond them.
- Albert Einstein

You only live once -
but if you work it right, once is enough.
- Joe E. Lewis

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

Shake structures.
School yourself.
Look twice at a thing,
once upside down.
Answer yourself clearly.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
- William Shakespeare

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.
- John Burroughs

Once you say you're going to settle for second,
that's what happens to you in life.
- John F. Kennedy

We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe,
nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws,
but the smallest insect, we wish
to be created at once by special act.
- Charles Darwin

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make the better.
What if they are a little coarse,
and you may get your coat soiled or torn?
What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled
in the dirt once or twice.
Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Once you label me, you negate me.
- Soren Kierkegaard

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

What is once well done is done forever.
- Henry David Thoreau

I would rather try to persuade a man to go along,
because once I have persuaded him, he will stick.
If I scare him, he will stay just as long
as he is scared, and then he is gone.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.
All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
- Helen Keller

The journey between what you once were
and who you are now becoming
is where the dance of Life really takes place.
- Barbara De Angelis

You only meet your once in a lifetime friend ...
once in a lifetime.
- Little Rascals

If we want to direct our lives,
we must take control of our consistent actions.
It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives,
but what we do consistently.
- Anthony Robbins

How could youths better learn to live
than by at once trying the experiment of living?
- Henry David Thoreau

We come this way but once.
We can either tiptoe through life
and hope we get to death without being badly bruised
or we can live a full, complete life achieving
our goals and realizing our wildest dreams.
- Bob Proctor

It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person,
"Always do what you are afraid to do."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Count your blessings. Once you realize
how valuable you are and how much you have going for you,
the smiles will return, the sun will break out,
the music will play, and you will finally
be able to move forward the life that God intended
for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.
- Og Mandino

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
- Socrates


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