Capote Quotes: In Cold Blood & Music For Chameleons

I’m on a Truman Capote binge lately. I’ve been re-reading a couple of his novels as well as discovering some of the ones new to me. The more of Capote’s work I read, the more I appreciate this man’s incredible writing. He truly was a literary genius but a tortured one in his private life, at least in the last few years of his life.

I’ve just finished re-reading In Cold Blood and am now working on Music For Chameleons. I’ve lifted a few notable Capote quotes from these two brilliant books:

But I’m not a saint yet. I’m an alcoholic. I’m a drug addict. I’m homosexual. I’m a genius.

Music for Chameleons


The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out there”.

In Cold Blood


Then starting home, he walked toward the trees, and under them, leaving behind him the big sky, the whisper of wind voices in the wind-bent wheat.

In Cold Blood


It is no shame to have a dirty face- the shame comes when you keep it dirty.

In Cold Blood


Strange where our passions carry us, floggingly pursue us, forcing upon us unwanted dreams, unwelcome destinies.

Music for Chameleons


Just remember: If one bird carried every grain of sand, grain by grain, across the ocean, by the time he got them all on the other side, that would only be the beginning of eternity.

In Cold Blood


Imagination, of course, can open any door – turn the key and let terror walk right in.

In Cold Blood


We all, sometimes, leave each other there under the skies, and we never understand why.

Music for Chameleons


Some cities, like wrapped boxes under Christmas trees, conceal unexpected gifts, secret delights. Some cities will always remain wrapped boxes, containers of riddles never to be solved, nor even to be seen by vacationing visitors, or, for that matter, the most inquisitive, persistent travelers.

Music for Chameleons


It is easy to ignore the rain if you have a raincoat.

In Cold Blood

My Favourite Quotes

These are quotes I enjoy. They originate from songs, movies, TV, and various other pop culture sources. Some quotes are profound, some silly, some hilarious, some fun, and some are near and dear to my heart. Several of these quotes have permanently worked their way into the daily lexicon at our house over the years.

This post is a work in progress and I’ll be adding more quotes here as time goes on.


Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight / Got to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight.

Bruce Cockburn
Lovers In A Dangerous Time


Do it now! Do it Edna, or forever wish you had!!

Wilbur Turnblad
Hairspray (1988)


Ain’t that a kick in the rubber parts?

Arnold Beckoff (Harvey Fierstein)
Torch Song Trilogy


They say travel broadens the mind / So I went over the falls in a barrel / I found the North Pole / In a field of ice / And in the land of dreams / I found you

Thomas Dolby
I Live In A Suitcase


Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy…

Obi-Wan Kenobi
Star Wars, Episode IV – A New Hope


Oh for goodness sake. Look at yourself Mitz.  How many times have I told you? Green is not your color!

Felicia Jollygoodfellow
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert


Every old sock meets an old shoe

Kate Bush
Moments Of Pleasure


I never dreamt that I would get to be / the creature that I always meant to be

Pet Shop Boys
Being Boring


I like that Wookiee

Maz Kanata
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens


I think my biggest problem is being young and beautiful. It’s my biggest problem because I’ve never been young and beautiful. Oh, I’ve been beautiful, and God knows I’ve been young, but never the twain have met.

Arnold Beckoff (Harvey Fierstein)
Torch Song Trilogy


I need that wedding. I need some beauty and some music and some placecards before I die. It’s like heroin.

Bernice Brackett (Debbie Reynolds)
In & Out


What we need is a few good taters.
What’s taters, precious?
PO-TAY-TOES! Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew…

Samwise Gamgee & Gollum
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers


Oh yes!! Yes Mr. Cobb!! Call me your cheap slut sex poodle!!!!

Terry Hoskins (Victoria Tennant) to Roger Cobb (Steve Martin)
All Of Me


Wait! Wait for Sugar!!

Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe)
Some Like It Hot


Well… La-di-da, la-di-da, la la

Annie Hall (Diane Keaton)
Annie Hall


…could we have everything louder than everything else?…

Ian Gillan of Deep Purple
Made In Japan


Don’t it always seem to go / That you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone

Joni Mitchell
Big Yellow Taxi


I’m Free!

Mr. Humphries (John Inman)
Are You Being Served?


The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize

– Clairee Belcher (Olympia Dukakis), Steel Magnolias


I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special

Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie (Julia Roberts)
Steel Magnolias


Her life has been an experiment in terror… I have to tell you, when it comes to suffering, she’s right up there with Elizabeth Taylor

Truvy Jones (Dolly Parton)
Steel Magnolias


Speaking for myself, and I am unanimous in this…

Mrs. Slocombe (Molly Sugden)
Are You Being Served?


There is freedom within, there is freedom without / Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup

Crowded House
Don’t Dream It’s Over


Oh, listen to yourselves. You sound like two fat slags at a pie bake-off

Bernadette Bassenger (Terence Stamp)
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert


…I want total sensory deprivation and backup drugs. All right?

Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders)
Absolutely Fabulous


Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

Oscar Wilde


Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow / Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead / Walk beside me… just be my friend.

Albert Camus


A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.

Elbert Hubbard