Snatching the eternal out of the desperately fleeting is the great magic trick of human existence.

The Timeless World of Play, an introductory essay to The Rose Tattoo (1951)

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Tom: In memory everything seems to happen to music.

The Glass Menagerie (1944)

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

"I am widely regarded as the ghost of a writer," 1977 essay,

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.

A Streetcar Named Desire (1949)