32 Remarkable Truman Capote Quotes

32 Remarkable Truman Capote Quotes

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Truman Capote was an author, actor, and playwright from New Orleans, Louisiana. He wrote many short stories and novels that are considered classics in literature. Some of his most famous publications include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Other Voices, Other Rooms, and Miriam. He died on August 25, 1984 at the age of 59.

“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.”

“Adorned with cape, with tricorn, saintly soul singing in librarian tones an enameled song that coolly celebrates her chewing-gum enthusiasms.”

“Disco is the best floor show in town. It’s very democratic, boys with boys, girls with girls, girls with boys, blacks and whites, capitalists and Marxists, Chinese and everything else, all
in one big mix.”

“Even an attorney of moderate talent can postpone doomsday year after year, for the system of appeals that pervades American jurisprudence amounts to a legalistic wheel of fortune, a game of
chance, somewhat fixed in the favor of the criminal, that the participants play interminably.”

“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.”

“I can see every monster as they come in.”

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

“It isn’t writing at all – it’s typing.”

“It seemed odd to Joel that nature did not reflect so solemn an event: flowers of cotton-boll clouds within a sky as scandalously blue as kitten-eyes were offensive to their sweet

“It’s a scientific fact that if you stay in California you lose one point of your IQ every year.”

“Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.”

“Love is a chain of love as nature is a chain of life.”

“Mick Jagger is about as sexy as a pissing toad.”

“Most contemporary novelists, especially the American and the French, are too subjective, mesmerized by private demons; they’re enraptured by their navels and confined by a view that ends
with their own toes.”

“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.”

Other voices, other rooms.”

“Past certain ages or certain wisdoms it is very difficult to look with wonder; it is best done when one is a child; after that, and if you are lucky, you will find a bridge of childhood and
walk across it.”

“People who are having a love-sex relationship are continuously lying to each other because the very nature of the relationship demands that they do, because you have to make a love object
of this person, which means that you editorialize about them. You know? You cut out what you don’t want to see, you add this if it isn’t there. And so therefore you’re building a lie. But in
a friendship you don’t do that. You do exactly the reverse. You try more and more to be as completely pure and straight as you can be.”

“She beckoned to him, shining and silver, and he knew he must go: unafraid, not hesitating, he paused only at the garden’s edge, as though he’d forgotten something, he stopped and looked
back at the bloomless, descending blue, at the boy he had left behind.”

“She is pure Alice in Wonderland, and her appearance and demeanor are a nicely judged mix of the Red Queen and a flamingo.”

“Sometimes when I think how good my book can be, I can hardly breathe.”

“The better the actor the more stupid he is.”

“The good thing about masturbation is that you don’t have to dress up for it.”

“The quietness of his tone italicized the malice of his reply.”

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make.”

“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.”

“Well, I’m about as tall as a shotgun, and just as noisy.”

“Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade, just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.”