40 Truman Capote Quotes And Saying For Inspiration

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Truman Garcia Capote (September 30, 1924 – August 25, 1984) was an American novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and actor. Hope, our collection of Truman Capote Quotes will inspire you to live truthfully and fearlessly.

Love, having no geography, knows no boundaries.

– Truman Capote

Truman Capote Quotes

1. “You don’t run out on people; you run out on yourself.” – Truman Capote

2.Imagination, of course, can open any door – turn the key and let terror walk right in.” – Truman Capote

3. “It is no shame to have a dirty face- the shame comes when you keep it dirty.” – Truman Capote

4. “I don’t care what anybody says about me as long as it isn’t true.” – Truman Capote

5. “Never love a wild thing…If you let yourself love a wild thing. You’ll end up looking at the sky.” – Truman Capote

6. “To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the music the words make.” – Truman Capote

7. “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.” – Truman Capote

8.Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote

9. “You can’t blame a writer for what the characters say.” – Truman Capote

10. “Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.” – Truman Capote

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11. “The brain may take advice, but not the heart.” – Truman Capote

12. “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.” – Truman Capote

13. “Most people don’t find their creativity. There are more unsung geniuses that don’t even know they have great talent.” – Truman Capote

14. “There is only one unpardonable sin -deliberate cruelty. All else can be forgiven.” – Truman Capote

15.Love is a chain of love as nature is a chain of life.” – Truman Capote

16. “When God hands you a gift, he also hands you a whip; and the whip is intended for self-flagellation solely.” – Truman Capote

17. “Fame is only good for one thing – they will cash your check in a small town.” – Truman Capote

18. “Our real fears are the sounds of footsteps walking in the corridors of our minds, and the anxieties, the phantom floatings, they create.” – Truman Capote

19. “A man who doesn’t dream is like a man who doesn’t sweat. He stores up a lot of poison.” – Truman Capote

20. “Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot.” – Truman Capote

21. “Never demean yourself by talking back to a critic, never. Write those letters to the editor in your head, but don’t put them on paper.” – Truman Capote

22. “More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.” – Truman Capote

23. “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.” – Truman Capote

24. “Good writing is rewriting.” – Truman Capote

25. “Great fury, like great whisky, requires long fermentation.” – Truman Capote

26. “A work of art is one of mystery, the one extreme magic; everything else is either arithmetic or biology.” – Truman Capote

27. “The better the actor, the more stupid he is.” – Truman Capote

28. “New York is a diamond iceberg floating in river water.” – Truman Capote

29. “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.” – Truman Capote

30. “It takes a lot of bad writing to get to a little good writing.” – Truman Capote

31. “Most secrets should never be told, but especially those that are more menacing to the listener than to the teller.” – Truman Capote

32. “All artists are two-headed calves.” – Truman Capote

33. “It’s the hardest when someone has a notion about you and it’s impossible to convince them otherwise.” – Truman Capote

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

35. “I thought of the future, and spoke of the past.” – Truman Capote

36. “I like to talk on TV about those things that aren’t worth writing about.” – Truman Capote

37. “Work is the only device I know” – Truman Capote

38. “It is the want to know the end that makes us believe in God, or witchcraft, believe, at least, in something.” – Truman Capote

39. “The serious artist…is like an object caught by a wave and swept to shore. He’s obsessed by his material; it’s like a venom working in his blood and the art is the antidote.” – Truman Capote

40. “It takes a lot of bad writing to get to a little good writing.” – Truman Capote

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