Cat on a Hot Tin Roof


Margaret Pollitt:

"I'll tell you what they're up to, boy of mine!- They're up to cutting you out of your father's estate"

"I think it's might fine that that olefellow, on the doorstep of death, still takes in my shape with what I think is deserved appreciation."

"I've caught you lookin' at me like that so often lately. What are you thinkin' of when you look at me like that?"

"That I've gone through this- hideous!- transofmration, ibecome- hard! Frantic!"

"Living with someone you love can be lonelier than living entirely alone! if the one that y'love doesn't love you"

"I could never keeep my fingers off a sore- I wish you would lose your looks"

"What is the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof? . . . Just staying on it, I guess, as long as she can."

"Oh, excuse me, forgive me, but laws of silence don't work."

"WHY!- Am I so catty?- Cause I'm consumed with envy an' eaten up with longing?"

"Because human beings dream of life everlasting, that's teh reason! But most of them want it on earth"

"Always had to suck up to people I couldn't stand because they had money and I was poor as Job's turkey."

"You can be young without money but you can't be old without it."

"It was one of those beautiful, ideal things they tell about in the Greek legends, it couldn't be anything else, you being you, and that's what made it so sad, that's what made it so awful, because it was love that never could be carried through to anything satisfying or even talked about plainly."

"You two had something that had to be kept on ice, yes, incorruptible, yes!"

"The rich or the well-to-do can afford to respect moral patterns, conventional moral patterns, but I could never afford to, yeah, but I'm honest."

"Your talents are wasted as a housewife and mother, you really ought to be with the FBI"

"Understanding is needed on this place."

"This is a deliberate campaign of vilification for the most disgusting and sordid reason on earth, and I know what it is! It's avarice, avarice, greed, greed!"

"Brick, I used to think that you were stronger than me and I didn't want to be overpowere by you."

Brick Pollitt:

"The click I get in my head when I've had enough of this stuff to make me peaceful . . . "

"You keep forgetting the conditions on which I agreed to stay on living with you."

"I had friendship with Skipper - You are naming it dirty!"

"But how in hell on earth do you image that you're going to have a child by a man that can't stand you?"

"The human animal is a beast that dies and if he's got money he buys and buys and buys and I think th reason he buys everything is that in the back of his mind he has the crazy hope that one of his purchases will be life everlasting."

"A drinking man's someone who wants to forget he isn't still young an' believing."

"Don't you know how people feel about things like that? How disgusted they are by things like that?"

"Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out and death's the other."

Big Daddy Pollitt:

"Hey Preach! What's all this talk about memorials, Preach! Y; think somebody's about t' kick off around here?"

"Was it jumping or humping you were doing out there?"

"made spastic, I guess, by disgust! By all the goddam lies and liars that I have had to put up with, and all the goddam hypocrsiy that I lived with all these forty years that we've been livin' together!"

"Wouldn't it be funny if that was true."

"Sometimes I think that a vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with."

"A man that drniks is throwing his life away."

"She had a naked child with her, a little naked girl with her, barely able to toddle, and after a while she set this child on the ground and give her a pushand whispered something to her."

"Ignorance of mortality is a comfort. A man don't have that comfort, he's the only living thing that conceives of death, that knows what it is."

"All I ask of that woman is that she leave me alone."

"We talk, you talk, in circles! We get nowhere, nowhere!"

"Mendacity is one of them five dollar words that cheap politicians throw back and forth at each other."

"The one thing you can grow on a big place more important than cotton is tolerance."

"You dug the grave of your friend and kicked him in it! before you'd face truth with him."

Big Mama Pollitt:

"God Almighty, a piece of news like that should make him shout. It made me shout, I can tell you."

"Some single men stop drinkin' when they git married and others start! Brick never touched liquor before he-!"

"-When a marriage goes to the rocks, the rocks are there, right there"

Ever seen a preacher in a fat lady's lap? Hey, hey, folks!! Ever seen a preacher in a fat lady's lap?"

"Why're you all surrounding me like this? Why're you all starin' at me like this an' making signs at each other."

"Time goes by so fast. Nothin' can outrun it. Death commences too early."

Gooper Pollitt:

Mae Flynn Pollitt:

"It's a mighty dangerous thing to leave exposed round a house full of nawmal rid-blooded children attracted t'weapons"

"He never carried a thing in his life but a football or a highball."

"She's childness because that big beautiful athlete husband of hers won't go to bed with her!"

Reverend Tooker:

"The stork and the reaper ar running neck and neck."

"I think he's remarkable."