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A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

by: Tennessee Williams


A woman's charm is fifty per cent illusion.

BLANCHE

I don't go in for that stuff ... compliments to women about their looks. I never met a woman that didn't know if she was good-looking or not without being told.

STANLEY

Sorrow makes for sincerity, I think.

BLANCHE

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

BLANCHE

In some kinds of people some tenderer feelings have had some little beginning! That we have to make grow! And cling to, and hold as our flag!

BLANCHE

Poker shouldn't be played in a house with women.

MITCH

He acts like an animal, has an animal's habits! Eats like one, moves like one, talks like one! There's even something -- sub-human -- something not quite to the stage of humanity yet! Yes, something -- ape-like about him, like one of those pictures I've seen in -- anthropological studies! Thousands and thousands of years have passed him right by, and there he is -- Stanley Kowalkski -- survivor of the stone age!

BLANCHE

Men don’t want anything they get too easy. But on the other hand, men lose interest quickly.

BLANCHE

I don’t want realism. I want magic!

BLANCHE

Whoever you are--I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.

BLANCHE

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