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Thornton Wilder Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Jun 2021
Thornton Wilder Topics
Actors And Acting
I am convinced that, except in a few extraordinary cases, one form or another of an unhappy childhood is essential to the formation of exceptional gifts.
Hope, like faith, is nothing if it is not courageous; it is nothing if it is not ridiculous.
For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation?
Every good thing in the world stands on the razor-edge of danger.
But there comes a moment in everybody's life when he must decide whether he'll live among the human beings or not - a fool among fools or a fool alone.
An incinerator is a writer's best friend.
A play visibly represents pure existing.
A dramatist is one who believes that the pure event, an action involving human beings, is more arresting than any comment that can be made upon it.
Marriage is a bribe to make a housekeeper think she's a householder
Man is not an end but a beginning. We are at the beginning of the second week. We are children of the eighth day.
Those who are silent, self-effacing and attentive become the recipients of confidences.
The more decisions that you are forced to make alone, the more you are aware of your freedom to choose.
It is only in appearance that time is a river. It is rather a vast landscape and it is the eye of the beholder that moves.
My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate - that's my philosophy.
My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy the ice cream while it's on your plate.
Love is an energy which exists of itself. It is its own value.
There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.
Many great writers have been extraordinarily awkward in daily exchange, but the greatest give the impression that their style was nursed by the closest attention to colloquial speech.
All good things must come to an end, but all bad things can continue forever.
When God loves a creature he wants the creature to know the highest happiness and the deepest misery He wants him to know all that being alive can bring. That is his best gift. There is no happiness save in understanding the whole.
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