The Glass Menagerie

Important Quotes

Amanda Wingfield

"I understood the art of conversation."

"Deception, deception."

"I've told you never, never to use that word." (crippled)

"Come in stumbling. Muttering to yourself like a maniac! Oh, I can picture the way you're doing down there."

"If anyone breaks a leg on those fire-escape steps, the landlord ought to be sued for every cent he possesses."

"I've had to put up a solitary battle all these years. But you're my right hand bower." (to Tom)

"We have to do all that we can to build ourselves up. In these trying times we live in, all that we have to cling to is -each other."

"Man is by instinct! Don't quote instincts to me!"

"Happiness! Good fortune!"

"All pretty girls are a trap, a pretty trap, and men expect them to be."

Tom Wingfield

"It seems unimportant for you, what I'm doing, what I want to do - having a little difference between them!"

"I'm going to opium dens! Yes, opium dens, dens of vice and criminals' hang-outs, Mother"

"There is a trick that would come in handy for me - get me out of this 2 by 4 situation."

"This was the compensation for lives that passed like mine, without any change or adventure."

"Not quite all - in the eyes of others - strangers - she's terribly shy and lives in a world of her own."

Laura Wingfield

"Isn't it funny what tricks your memory plays!"

"To me it sounded like - thunder!"

"Little articles of it, they're ornaments mostly!"

"I shouldn't be partial, but he is my favorite one."

"Oh, oh, yes - it stretches across the ceiling!"

Jim O'Connor

"Primarily it amounts to social poise! Being able to square up to people and hold your own on any social level."

"Well, you are! In a very different way from anyone else."

"I wish you would - say something."