Quotes by Truman Capote

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
Adorned with cape, with tricorn, saintly soul singing in librarian tones an enameled song that coolly celebrates her chewing-gum enthusiasms.
– Truman Capote
All literature is gossip.
– Truman Capote
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.
– Truman Capote
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
– Truman Capote
Fame is only good for one thing-they will cash your check in a small town.
– Truman Capote
Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.
– Truman Capote
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
Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call out there.
– Truman Capote
I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.
– Truman Capote
I can see every monster as they come in.
– Truman Capote
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.
– Truman Capote
I was eleven, then I was sixteen. Though no honors came my way, those were the lovely years.
– Truman Capote
Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.
– Truman Capote
Love is a chain of love as nature is a chain of life.
– Truman Capote
Mick Jagger moves like a parody between a majorette girl and Fred Astaire.
– Truman Capote
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.
– Truman Capote
She is pure Alice in Wonderland, and her appearance and demeanor are a nicely judged mix of the Red Queen and a flamingo.
– Truman Capote
That's not writing, that's typing.
– Truman Capote
The quietness of his tone italicized the malice of his reply.
– Truman Capote