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"It is a sweet and seemly thing to die for one's country."
Horace
Thornton Wilder Quotes
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.
Thornton Wilder

A sense of humor judges one's actions and the actions of others from a wider reference and a longer view and finds them incongruous. It dampens enthusiasm; it mocks hope; it pardons shortcomings; it consoles failure. It recommends moderation.
Thornton Wilder

An incinerator is a writer's best friend.
Thornton Wilder

For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation?
Thornton Wilder

Hope, like faith, is nothing if it is not courageous; it is nothing if it is not ridiculous.
Thornton Wilder

I am not interested in the ephemeral-such subjects as the adulteries of dentists. I am interested in those things that repeat and repeat and repeat in the lives of the millions.
Thornton Wilder

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...
Thornton Wilder

I would love to be the poet laureate of Coney Island.
Thornton Wilder

If I wasn't an actor, I'd be a secret agent.
Thornton Wilder

In advertising, not to be different is virtual suicide.
Thornton Wilder

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.
Thornton Wilder

It is very necessary to have markers of beauty left in a world seemingly bent on making the most evil ugliness.
Thornton Wilder

Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.
Thornton Wilder

Love is an energy which exists of itself. It is its own value.
Thornton Wilder

Man is not an end but a beginning. We are at the beginning of the second week. We are children of the eighth day.
Thornton Wilder

Many plays-certainly mine-are like blank checks. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.
Thornton Wilder

Many who have spent a lifetime in it can tell us less of love than the child that lost a dog yesterday.
Thornton Wilder

Marriage is a bribe to make the housekeeper think she's a householder.
Thornton Wilder

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.
Thornton Wilder

Nature reserves the right to inflict upon her children the most terrifying jests.
Thornton Wilder

On the stage it is always now; the personages are standing on that razor edge, between the past and the future, which is the essential character of conscious being; the words are rising to their lips in immediate spontaneity The theater is supremely fitted to say: "Behold! These things are."
Thornton Wilder

Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.
Thornton Wilder

The best thing about animals is that they don't talk much.
Thornton Wilder

The planting of trees is the least self-centered of all that we do. It is a purer act of faith than the procreation of children.
Thornton Wilder

There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.
Thornton Wilder

Those who are silent, self-effacing and attentive become the recipients of confidences.
Thornton Wilder

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.
Thornton Wilder

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.
Thornton Wilder

Type:
Novelist
Date of Birth:
1897-04-17
Year of Death:
1975
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