Quotes by Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder

American writer and playwright

Alive from: 1897-1975

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    It is only in appearance that time is a river. It is a vast landscape and it is the eye of the beholder that moves.
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    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.
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    A play visibly represents pure existing.
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    For what human ill does dawn not seem to be alternative?
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    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.
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    I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
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    I rose by sheer military ability to the rank of corporal.
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    I've never forgotten for long at a time that living is struggle. 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 - whether it's a field, or a home, or a country.
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    It's when you're safe at home that you wish you were having an adventure. When you're having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.
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    Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.
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    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.
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    Many plays, are like blank checks. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.
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    Marriage is a bribe to make a housekeeper think she's a householder.
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    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.
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    Never support two weaknesses at the same time. It's your combination sinners - your lecherous liars and your miserly drunkards - who dishonor the vices and bring them into bad repute.
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