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Thornton Wilder Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Jun 2021
Thornton Wilder Topics
Actors And Acting
We do not choose the day of our birth nor may we choose the day of our death, yet choice is the sovereign faculty of the mind.
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
There's nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head.
The theatre is supremely fitted to say: 'Behold! These things are.' Yet most dramatists employ it to say: 'This moral truth can be learned from beholding this action.'
The future author is one who discovers that language, the exploration and manipulation of the resources of language, will serve him in winning through to his way.
The best thing about animals is that they don't talk much.
Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.
Providence has nothing good or high in store for one who does not resolutely aim at something high or good. A purpose is the eternal condition of success.
Pride, avarice, and envy are in every home.
Ninety-nine per cent of the people in the world are fools and the rest of us are in great danger of contagion.
Nature reserves the right to inflict upon her children the most terrifying jests.
Marriage is a bribe to make the housekeeper think she's a householder.
Many who have spent a lifetime in it can tell us less of love than the child that lost a dog yesterday.
Many plays - certainly mine - are like blank checks. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.
Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.
It is very necessary to have markers of beauty left in a world seemingly bent on making the most evil ugliness.
In advertising, not to be different is virtual suicide.
If I wasn't an actor, I'd be a secret agent.
I would love to be the poet laureate of Coney Island.
I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for.
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