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Quotations from the Book and Movie
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote


Maybe the older you grow and the less easy it is to put thought into action, maybe that's why it gets all locked up in your head and becomes a burden.  ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958


I'll never get used to anything.  Anybody that does, they might as well be dead.  ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958, spoken by the character Holly Golightly


Of course people couldn't help but think I must be a bit of a dyke myself.  And of course I am.  Everyone is: a bit.  So what?  That never discouraged a man yet, in fact it seems to goad them on.  ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958, spoken by the character Holly Golightly


A disquieting loneliness came into my life, but it induced no hunger for friends of longer acquaintance:  they seemed now like a salt-free, sugarless diet.  ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958


I don't want to own anything until I know I've found the place where me and things belong together.  I'm not quite sure where that is just yet.  But I know what it's like.... It's like Tiffany's.... Not that I give a hoot about jewelry.  Diamonds, yes.  But it's tacky to wear diamonds before you're forty...  ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958, spoken by the character Holly Golightly


You know those days when you've got the mean reds.... the blues are because you're getting fat or maybe it's been raining too long.  You're sad, that's all.  But the mean reds are horrible.  You're afraid and you sweat like hell, but you don't know what you're afraid of.  Except something bad is going to happen, only you don't know what it is.  ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958, spoken by the character Holly Golightly


What I've found does the most good is just to get into a taxi and go to Tiffany's.  It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there, not with those kind men in their nice suits...  ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958, spoken by the character Holly Golightly


If I could find a real-life place that made me feel like Tiffany's, then I'd buy some furniture and give the cat a name.  ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958, spoken by the character Holly Golightly


She was a triumph over ugliness, so often more beguiling than real beauty, if only because it contains paradox.  In this case, as opposed to the scrupulous method of plain good taste and scientific grooming, the trick had been worked by exaggerating defects; she'd made them ornamental by admitting them boldly.  ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958, about the character Mag Wildwood


I'm always top banana in the shock department.  ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958, spoken by the character Holly Golightly


Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot.  ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958, spoken by the character Holly Golightly


Never love a wild thing.... He was always lugging home wild things.  A hawk with a hurt wing.  One time it was a full-grown bobcat with a broken leg.  But you can't give your heart to a wild thing:  the more you do, the stronger they get.  Until they're strong enough to run into the woods.  Or fly into a tree.  Then a taller tree.  Then the sky.  That's how you'll end up.... If you let yourself love a wild thing.  You'll end up looking at the sky.  ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958, spoken by the character Holly Golightly


[I]t's better to look at the sky than live there.  Such an empty place; so vague.  Just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear.  ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958, spoken by the character Holly Golightly


[T]he army of wrongness rampant in the world might as well march over me.  ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958


Certain shades of limelight wreck a girl's complexion.  ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958, spoken by the character Holly Golightly


I always thought it was a ridiculous name for a prison.  Sing Sing, I mean.  Sounds more like an opera house.  ~From the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961, screenplay by George Axelrod, based on the novella by Truman Capote, spoken by the character Holly Golightly


I don't think I've ever drunk champagne before breakfast before.  With breakfast on several occasions, but never before before.  ~From the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961, screenplay by George Axelrod, based on the novella by Truman Capote, spoken by the character Paul Varjak


Promise me one thing:  don't take me home until I'm drunk - very drunk indeed.  ~From the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961, screenplay by George Axelrod, based on the novella by Truman Capote, spoken by the character Holly Golightly


Holly:  "Do you think she's talented, deeply and importantly talented?"
Paul:  "No.  Amusingly and superficially talented, yes.  But deeply and importantly, no."
~From the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961, screenplay by George Axelrod, based on the novella by Truman Capote


If I had her money, I'd be richer than she is.  ~From the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961, screenplay by George Axelrod, based on the novella by Truman Capote, spoken by the character Holly Golightly


No longer will I play the field.  The field stinks, both economically and socially, and I'm giving it up.  ~From the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961, screenplay by George Axelrod, based on the novella by Truman Capote, spoken by the character Holly Golightly


Oh golly gee, damn!  ~From the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961, screenplay by George Axelrod, based on the novella by Truman Capote, spoken by the character Holly Golightly


So what?  So plenty!  ~From the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961, screenplay by George Axelrod, based on the novella by Truman Capote, spoken by the character Paul Varjak


You know what's wrong with you, Miss Whoever-You-Are?  You're chicken, you've got no guts.  You're afraid to stick out your chin and say, "Okay, life's a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that's the only chance anybody's got for real happiness."  You call yourself a free spirit, a wild thing, and you're terrified somebody's going to 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 Somaliland.  It's wherever you go.  Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.  ~From the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961, screenplay by George Axelrod, based on the novella by Truman Capote, spoken by the character Paul Varjak



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