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59 Truman Capote Quotes About Life (PHILOSOPHY)

Top 13 Most Famous Truman Capote Quotes (BEST)

“All human life has its seasons and cycles, and no one’s personal chaos can be permanent. Winter, after all, gives way to spring and summer, though sometimes when branches stay dark and the earth cracks with ice, one thinks they will never come, that spring, and that summer, but they do, and always.”

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Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.Pin
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
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.Pin
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.
Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot.Pin
Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot.
A man who doesn't dream is like a man who doesn't sweat. He stores up a lot of poison. Pin
A man who doesn’t dream is like a man who doesn’t sweat. He stores up a lot of poison.
The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.Pin
The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.

“The brain may take advice, but not the heart, and love having no geography, knows no boundaries: weight and sink it deep, no matter, it will rise and find the surface: and why not? Any love is natural and beautiful that lies within a person’s nature; only hypocrites would hold a man responsible for what he loves, emotional illiterates and those of righteous envy, who, in their agitated concern, mistake so frequently the arrow pointing to heaven for the one that leads to hell.”

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Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.Pin
Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.
The good thing about writing books is that you can dream while you are awake.Pin
The good thing about writing books is that you can dream while you are awake.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly writtenPin
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written
I don't care what anybody says about me as long as it isn't true.Pin
I don’t care what anybody says about me as long as it isn’t true.
If you weren't here, if you could be anywhere you wanted to be, doing anything you wanted to do, where would you be and what would you be doing?Pin
If you weren’t here, if you could be anywhere you wanted to be, doing anything you wanted to do, where would you be and what would you be doing?
Have you never heard what the wise men say: all of the future exists in the past.Pin
Have you never heard what the wise men say: all of the future exists in the past.

5 Inspirational Truman Capote Quotes About Life

“You call yourself a free spirit, a “wild thing,” and you’re terrified somebody’s gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it’s not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.”

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There is only one unpardonable sin-deliberate cruelty. All else can be forgiven.Pin
There is only one unpardonable sin-deliberate cruelty. All else can be forgiven.
Imagination, of course, can open any door - turn the key and let terror walk right in.Pin
Imagination, of course, can open any door – turn the key and let terror walk right in.

“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.”

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There is nobody in the world that you can't get if you really concentrate on it, if you really want them. You've got to want it to the exclusion of everything else.Pin
There is nobody in the world that you can’t get if you really concentrate on it, if you really want them. You’ve got to want it to the exclusion of everything else.

2 Truman Capote Quotes on Creativity

Most people don't find their creativity. There are more unsung geniuses that don't even know they have great talent.Pin
Most people don’t find their creativity. There are more unsung geniuses that don’t even know they have great talent.
Personally, I rather think that if you're not creative you've got a problem on your hands. If you are creative you've got a double problem.Pin
Personally, I rather think that if you’re not creative you’ve got a problem on your hands. If you are creative you’ve got a double problem.

3 Truman Capote Quotes on Places

I don't want to own anything until I find a place where me and things go together.Pin
I don’t want to own anything until I find a place where me and things go together.
I love New York, even though it isn't mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because I belong to it.Pin
I love New York, even though it isn’t mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because I belong to it.
Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.Pin
Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.

8 Truman Capote Quotes on Love and Friendship

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.Pin
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.
Love, having no geography, knows no boundaries.Pin
Love, having no geography, knows no boundaries.
Love is a chain of love as nature is a chain of life.Pin
Love is a chain of love as nature is a chain of life.
Really being friends is the most important part, I think, of any relationship.Pin
Really being friends is the most important part, I think, of any relationship.
He loved her, he loved her, and until he'd loved her she had never minded being alone.Pin
He loved her, he loved her, and until he’d loved her she had never minded being alone.
Never love a wild thing. If you let yourself love a wild thing. You'll end up looking at the sky.Pin
Never love a wild thing. If you let yourself love a wild thing. You’ll end up looking at the sky.
You can love somebody without it being like that. You keep them a stranger, a stranger who's a friend.Pin
You can love somebody without it being like that. You keep them a stranger, a stranger who’s a friend.
I told you: you can make yourself love anybody.Pin
I told you: you can make yourself love anybody.

10 Truman Capote Quotes on Literature and Writing

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.”

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To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make.Pin
To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make.
All literature is gossip.Pin
All literature is gossip.
That isn't writing at all, it's typing.Pin
That isn’t writing at all, it’s typing.
Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.Pin
Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.

“Writing stopped being fun when I discovered the difference between good writing and bad and, even more terrifying, the difference between it and true art. And after that, the whip came down.”

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I like to talk on TV about those things that aren't worth writing about.Pin
I like to talk on TV about those things that aren’t worth writing about.
You can't blame a writer for what the characters say.Pin
You can’t blame a writer for what the characters say.
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.Pin
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.
It's a very excruciating life facing that blank piece of paper every day and having to reach up somewhere into the clouds and bring something down out of them.Pin
It’s a very excruciating life facing that blank piece of paper every day and having to reach up somewhere into the clouds and bring something down out of them.

14 Truman Capote Quotes that Will Make You Think

“The answer is good things only happen to you if you’re good. Good? Honest is more what I mean. Be anything but a coward, a pretender, an emotional crook, a w***e: I’d rather have cancer than a dishonest heart.”

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There were hints of sunrise on the rim of the sky, yet it was still dark, and the traces of morning color were like goldfish swimming in ink.Pin
There were hints of sunrise on the rim of the sky, yet it was still dark, and the traces of morning color were like goldfish swimming in ink.
Are the dead as lonesome as the living?Pin
Are the dead as lonesome as the living?
My major regret in life is that my childhood was unnecessarily lonely.Pin
My major regret in life is that my childhood was unnecessarily lonely.
Fame is only good for one thing - they will cash your check in a small town.Pin
Fame is only good for one thing – they will cash your check in a small town.
'Everybody has to feel superior to somebody,' she said. 'But it's customary to present a little proof before you take the privilege.'Pin
‘Everybody has to feel superior to somebody,’ she said. ‘But it’s customary to present a little proof before you take the privilege.’
When God hands you a gift, he also hands you a whip; and the whip is intended for self-flagellation solely.Pin
When God hands you a gift, he also hands you a whip; and the whip is intended for self-flagellation solely.
Well, I'm about as tall as a shotgun, and just as noisy.Pin
Well, I’m about as tall as a shotgun, and just as noisy.
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.Pin
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.
I was eleven, then I was sixteen. Though no honors came my way, those were the lovely years.Pin
I was eleven, then I was sixteen. Though no honors came my way, those were the lovely years.
The quietness of his tone italicized the malice of his reply.Pin
The quietness of his tone italicized the malice of his reply.
I can see every monster as they come in.Pin
I can see every monster as they come in.
It may be normal, darling; but I'd rather be natural.Pin
It may be normal, darling; but I’d rather be natural.
Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.Pin
Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.

4 Funny Truman Capote Quotes to Ponder

Life is difficult enough without Meryl Streep movies.Pin
Life is difficult enough without Meryl Streep movies.
It's a scientific fact that if you stay in California you lose one point of your IQ every year.Pin
It’s a scientific fact that if you stay in California you lose one point of your IQ every year.
Sometimes when I think how good my book can be, I can hardly breathe.Pin
Sometimes when I think how good my book can be, I can hardly breathe.
The good thing about masturbation is that you don't have to get dressed up for it.Pin
The good thing about masturbation is that you don’t have to get dressed up for it.
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