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Truman Capote Quotes


An American author, many of whose short stories, novels, plays and nonfiction are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and In Cold Blood (1965).
(1924 - 1984)

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A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That's why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet.
 

All literature is gossip.
 

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
 

Fame is only good for one thing - they will cash your check in a small town.
 

Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.
 

Friendship is a pretty full-time occupation if you really are friendly with somebody. You can't have too many friends because then you're just not really friends.
 

I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.
 

I can see every monster as they come in.
 

I don't care what anybody says about me as long as it isn't true.
 

I got this idea of doing a really serious big work-it would be precisely like a novel, with a single difference: Every word of it would be true from beginning to end.
 

I like to talk on TV about those things that aren't worth writing about.
 

I was eleven, then I was sixteen. Though no honors came my way, those were the lovely years.
 

I've always seen myself as a winner, even as a kid. If I hadn't, I just might have gone down the drain a couple of times. I've got something inside of me, peasantlike and stubborn, and I'm in it 'til the end of the race.
[Self Confidence]
 

In California everyone goes to a therapist, is a therapist, or is a therapist going to a therapist.
 

It is the want to know the end that makes us believe in God, or witchcraft, believe, at least, in something.
 

Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.
[Life]
 

Love is a chain of love as nature is a chain of life.
[Love]
 

Mick Jagger is about as sexy as a pissing toad.
 

My major regret in life is that my childhood was unnecessarily lonely.
 

No one will ever know what 'In Cold Blood' took out of me. It scraped me right down to the marrow of my bones. It nearly killed me. I think, in a way, it did kill me.
 


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