Quotes by Truman Capote

"Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor."

"Never love a wild thing, Mr. Bell,' Holly advised him. 'That was Doc's mistake. 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, Mr. Bell. If you let yourself love a wild thing. You'll end up looking at the sky."
"She's drunk," Joe Bell informed me.
"Moderately," Holly confessed....Holly lifted her martini. "Let's wish the Doc luck, too," she said, touching her glass against mine. "Good luck: and believe me, dearest Doc -- it'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."

"You call yourself a free spirit, a "wild thing," and you're terrified somebody's gonna 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 Somali-land. It's wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself."

"It may be normal, darling; but I'd rather be natural."

"Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot."


Books by Truman Capote

  • In Cold Blood
  • 568,827 ratings
  • 1994 by Vintage

    (first published 1965)

  • A Christmas Memory
  • 12,804 ratings
  • October 10th 2006 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

    (first published 1956)

  • Summer Crossing
  • 7,689 ratings
  • June 27th 2006 by Modern Library

    (first published October 25th 2005)

  • The Grass Harp
  • 2,575 ratings
  • August 13th 1996 by Vintage

    (first published 1951)

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