"Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself."
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."Truman Capote on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."Truman Capote on William Shakespeare
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."Truman Capote on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."Truman Capote on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water."Truman Capote on Ray Charles
"Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor."
"Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go."
"Friendship is a pretty full-time occupation if you really are friendly with somebody. You can't have too many friends because then you're just not really friends."
"A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That's why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet."
"Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act."