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Authors: Breakfast at Tiffany's Quotes, Breakfast at Tiffany's Important Quotes, Quotations, Sayings from novella by Truman Capote
I am always drawn back to places where I have lived, the houses and their neighborhoods. For instance, there is a brownstone in the East Seventies where, during the early years of the war, I had my first New York apartment. It was one room crowded with attic furniture, a sofa and fat chairs upholstered in that itchy, particular red velvet that one associates with hot days on a tram. The walls were stucco, and a color rather like tobacco-spit. Everywhere, in the bathroom too, there were prints of Roman ruins freckled brown with age. The single window looked out on a fire escape. Even so, my spirits heightened whenever I felt in my pocket the key to this apartment; with all its gloom, it still was a place of my own, the first, and my books were there, and jars of pencils to sharpen, everything I needed, so I felt, to become the writer I wanted to be.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Opening lines from unnamed narrator, referred to as Buster by Holly Golightly.
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.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Joe Bell the bartender.
I'll never get used to anything. Anybody that does, they might as well be dead.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
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.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Holly.
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.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Narrator.
I knew damn well I would never be a movie star. It's too hard; and if you are intelligent, it's too embarrassing. My complexes aren't inferior enough: being a movie star and having a big fat ego are supposed to go hand-in-hand; actually, it's essential not to have any ego at all. I don't mean I'd mind being rich and famous. That's very much on my schedule, and someday I'll try and get around to it; but if it happens, I'd like to have my ego, tagging along. I want to still be me when I wake up one fine morning and have breakfast at Tiffany's.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Holly.
She was still hugging the cat. "Poor slob," she said, tickling his head, "poor slob without a name. It's a little inconvenient, his not having a name. But I haven't any right to give him one: he'll have to wait until he belongs to somebody. We just sort of took up by the river one day, we don't belong to each other: he's an independent, and so am I. 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." She smiled, and let the cat drop to the floor. "It's like Tiffany's," she said.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Holly.
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.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Holly.
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.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Holly.
What I 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, and that lovely smell of silver and alligator wallets. 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.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Holly.
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.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Of Mag Wildwood.
I'm always top banana in the shock department.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Holly.
Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Holly.
"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."
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Holly to Joe Bell.
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.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Holly.
The army of wrongness rampant in the world might as well march over me.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Narrator.
Love should be allowed. I’m all for it. Now that I’ve got a pretty good idea what it is.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Holly.
I love new york, even though it isn't mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because i belong to it.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Holly.
I loved her enough to forget myself, my self pitying despairs, and be content that something she thought happy was going to happen.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Holly.
Would you reach in the drawer there and give me my purse. A girl doesn't read this sort of thing without her lipstick.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Holly.
Certain shades of limelight wreck a girl's complexion.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Holly.
I'm very scared, Buster. Yes, at last. Because it could go on forever. Not knowing what's yours until you've thrown it away.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Holly.
Breakfast at Tiffany's is a novella by American writer Truman Capote published in 1958, which tells the story of a one-year friendship between the main character Holly Golightly and an unnamed narrator. Capote was born on September 30, 1924, and died August 25, 1984.


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