And make sure to read these and .

1. “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.” – Paul Varjak

2. “You can love somebody without it being like that. You keep them a stranger—a stranger who’s a friend.” – Joe Bell

3. “I loved her enough to forget myself, my self-pitying despair, and be content that something she thought happy was going to happen.” – Truman Capote, Author

4. “It’s better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes.” – Holly Golightly

5. “The answer is good things only happen to you if you’re good. Good? Honest is more what I mean. Be anything but a coward, a pretender, an emotional crook, a whore—I’d rather have than a dishonest heart.” – Holly Golightly

6. “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.” – Holly Golightly

7. “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.” – Holly Golightly

8. “Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot.” – Holly Golightly

9. “If you let yourself love a wild thing, you’ll end up looking at the sky.” – Holly Golightly

10. “It is a natural thing that we should change.” – Holly Golightly

11. “We don’t belong to each other—he’s an independent, and so am I.” – Holly Golightly

12. “My yardstick is how somebody treats me.” – Holly Golightly

13. “Everybody has to feel superior to somebody.” – Holly Golightly

14. “If I do feel guilty, I guess it’s because I let him go on dreaming when I wasn’t dreaming a bit.” – Holly Golightly

15. “I’ll tell you one thing, Fred, darling—I’d marry you for your money in a minute. Would you marry me for my money?” – Holly Golightly

16. “You’re wrong. She is a phony. But on the other hand, you’re right. She isn’t a phony because she’s a real phony. She believes all this crap she believes. You can’t talk her out of it.” – Truman Capote, Author

17. “Reading dreams—that’s what started her walking down the road. Every day she’d walk a little further—a mile, and come home. Two miles, and come home. One day she just kept on.” – Truman Capote, Author

18. “It may be normal, darling; but I’d rather be natural.” – Holly Golightly

19. “I’ll never get used to anything. Anybody that does, they might as well be dead.” – Holly Golightly

20. “Don’t wanna sleep, don’t wanna die, just wanna go a-travellin’ through the pastures of the sky.” – Holly Golightly

21. “So take it. You should be used to taking money from ladies by now.” – Holly Golightly

22. “No matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.” – Paul Varjak

23. “You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you. I must say, the mind reels.” – Holly Golightly

24. “Well, when I get it, the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany’s.” – Holly Golightly

25. “I’m like a cat here—a no-name slob. We belong to nobody, and nobody belongs to us.” – Holly Golightly

26. “Very good. I must say, I’m amazed.” – Paul Varjak

27. “I’ve got to do something about the way I look. I mean a girl just can’t go to Sing Sing with a green face.” – Holly Golightly

28. “No, no, you disapprove of me. And I will not accept drinks from gentlemen who disapprove of me. I’ll pay for my own whiskey and don’t you forget it!” – Holly Golightly

29. “But I am mad about Jose. I honestly think I’d give up smoking if he asked me.” – Holly Golightly

30. “You know what’s wrong with you, miss whoever-you-are? You’re , you’ve got no guts. You’re afraid to stick out your chin and say, ‘Okay, life’s a fact. People do , people do belong to each other because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness.’” – Paul Varjak

31. “I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.” – Holly Golightly

32. “And I always heard people in New York never get to know their neighbors.” – Paul Varjak

33. “Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning—spring.” – Holly Golightly

34. Holly Golightly: “You know the days when you get the mean reds?”

Paul Varjak: “The mean reds. You mean like the blues?”

Holly Golightly: “No. The blues are because you’re getting fat, and maybe it’s been raining too long. You’re just sad, that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid, and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?”

35. “No. Amusingly and superficially talented, yes. But deeply and importantly, no.” – Paul Varjak

36. “It should take you exactly four seconds to cross from here to that door. I’ll give you two.” – Holly Golightly

37. Paul Varjak : “I love you.”

Holly Golightly : “So what.”

Paul Varjak : “So what? So plenty! I love you, you belong to me!”

Holly Golightly : “No. People don’t belong to people.”

38. “You know what’s gonna happen to you? I am gonna march you over to the zoo and feed you to the yak.” – Mag Wildwood

39. “All right—so he’s not a regular rat or even a super rat. He’s just a scared little mouse. But—oh, golly, gee, damn!” – Holly Golightly

40. “Do you think she’s talented, deeply and importantly talented?” – Holly Golightly

41. “Would you reach in the drawer there and give me my purse? A girl doesn’t read this sort of thing without her lipstick.” – Holly Golightly

42. “Let me make one thing clear. I am not now—nor have I ever been—named ‘Fred.’” – Holly Golightly

43. “I mean, I owe her something—not that I owe her anything if you really want to get right down to it, but—she’s crazy.” – Paul Varjak

44. “I’m not Holly. I’m not Lula Mae, either. I don’t know who I am!” – Holly Golightly

45. “Simply do not ask me what this is all about. ‘Parce que je ne sais pas, mes chers.’” – Holly Golightly

46. “Here. I’ve been carrying this thing around for months. I don’t want it anymore.” – Paul Varjak

47. “I don’t want to own anything until I find a place where me and things go together.” – Holly Golightly

48. “Home is where you feel at home. I’m still looking.” – Holly Golightly

49. “Promise me one thing—don’t take me home until I’m drunk—very drunk indeed.” – Holly Golightly

50. “If we’re going to be friends, let’s get one thing straight right now. I hate snoops!” – Holly Golightly

51. “He’s all right—I suppose. If you like dark, handsome, rich-looking men with passionate natures and too many teeth.” – Paul Varjak 

52. “Love should be allowed. I’m all for it. Now that I’ve got a pretty good idea what it is.” – Holly Golightly

53. “I told you—you can make yourself love anybody.” – Truman Capote, Author

54. “You’re wonderful. Unique. I love you.” – Truman Capote, Author

55. Paul Varjak: “So you’re getting married, then?”

Holly Golightly: “Well, he hasn’t really asked me, not in so many words.”

Paul Varjak: “Four you mean?”

Holly Golightly: “Huh?”

Paul Varjak: “Well that’s how many it takes—will you marry me?”

56. “Did I tell you how divinely and utterly happy I am?” – Holly Golightly

57. “I certainly had him pegged wrong, didn’t I? I thought he was just a rat, but he was a super rat all along—a super rat in rat’s clothing.” – Holly Golightly

58. O.J. Berman: “Hey, Fred-baby!”

Paul Varjak: “No, no. It’s Paul-baby.”

59. Paul Varjak: “Tiffany’s? You mean the jewelry store.”

Holly Golightly: “That’s right. I’m just crazy about Tiffany’s!”

60. “No. I’m the sensitive, bookish type.” – Paul Varjak

61. “Papa, I got twom wild younguns locked in the kitchen.” – Truman Capote, Author

62. “Happy girls are the prettiest girls.” – Holly Golightly

63. “Didn’t I tell you that this was a wonderful place?” – Truman Capote, Author

64. “I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Holly Golightly

65. “Yeah—I know what you mean.” – Holly Golightly

66. “I am a very stylish girl.” – Holly Golightly

67. “Quel night.” – Holly Golightly

68. “I don’t think you’re any fou-er than anyone else.” – Paul Varjak

69. “But just look at the goodies she brought with her.” – Holly Golightly

70. “Never love a wild thing, Mr. Bell.” – Holly Golightly

71. “Miss Gorightry!” – Mr. Yunioshi

72. “There are certain shades of limelight that can wreck a girl’s complexion.” – Holly Golightly

73. Holly Golightly: “I’ll never let anybody put me in a cage.”

Paul Varjak: “I don’t want to put you in a cage, I want to love you!”

74. “Of course, personally, I think it’d be tacky to wear diamonds before I’m 40.” – Holly Golightly

75. “Thursday? Oh no, it can’t be! It’s too gruesome.” – Holly Golightly

76. “I’m a writer, I guess.” – Paul Varjak

77. Tiffany’s salesman: “Do they still really have prizes in Cracker Jack boxes?”

Paul: “Oh, yes.”

Tiffany’s salesman: “That’s nice to know. It gives one a feeling of solidarity, almost of continuity with the past. That sort of thing.”

78. “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.” – Holly Golightly

79. “I am always drawn back to places where I have lived—the houses and their neighborhoods.” – Truman Capote, Author

80. “I don’t think I’ve ever drunk champagne before breakfast before. With breakfast on several occasions, but never before.” – Paul Varjak

81. “But it’s Sunday, Mr. Bell. Clocks are slow on Sundays.” – Holly Golightly

82. “Years from now, years and years, I’ll be back—me and my nine Brazilian brats. They’ll be dark like Jose, of course, but they’ll have bright green, beautiful eyes. I’ll bring them back, all right, because they must see this. Oh, I love New York.” – Holly Golightly

83. “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.” – Holly Golightly

84. “You stay right where you are. You must be absolutely exhausted. I mean, it’s very late, and you were sound asleep and everything. I suppose you think I’m very brazen or tres fou or something.” – Holly Golightly

85. “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.” – Truman Capote, Author

86. “After all, how do I know where I’ll be living tomorrow? So I told them to put ‘traveling.’” – Holly Golightly

87. “Portuguese—a very complicated language, darling. Four thousand irregular verbs.” – Holly Golightly

88. “I don’t mean I’d mind being rich and famous. That’s very much on my schedule, and someday I’ll try to 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.” – Holly Golightly

89. “I’m still stealing turkey eggs and running through a brier patch. Only now, I call it having the mean reds.” – Holly Golightly

90. “There are so few things men can talk about. If a man doesn’t like , then he must like horses, and if he doesn’t like either of them, well, I’m in trouble anyway—he doesn’t like girls.” – Truman Capote, Author


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