The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
The Glass Menagerie was written in 1944, based on reworked material from one of Williams' short stories, "Portrait of a Girl in Glass," and his screenplay, The Gentleman Caller.
A movie based on the story was released in 1950. It was directed by Paul Newman and starred Joanne Woodward, John Malkovich and Karen Allen.
The final line was "And that is how I remember them, my mother and my sister. Good-bye."
The original book contained many memorable lines. Below is but a small selection.
In memory everything seems to happen to music.
Girls that aren't cut out for business careers usually wind up married to some nice man.
She lives in a world of her own — a world of — little glass ornaments.
Glass breaks so easily. No matter how careful you are.
Every time you come in yelling that goddamn "Rise and Shine! Rise and Shine!" I say to myself, "How lucky dead people are!”
You think of yourself as having the only problems, as being the only one who is disappointed. But just look around you and you will see lots of people as disappointed as you are.
I took that horrible novel back to the library — yes! That hideous book by that insane Mr. Lawrence.