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Thornton Wilder Quotes

(1897-1975), American Novelist, Playwright

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.

Category: Acting And Actors

The test of an adventure is that when you're in the middle of it, you say to yourself, ''Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home.'' And the sign that something's wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wish

Category: Adventure

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

Category: Animals

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.

Category: Childhood

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

Category: Children

Winning children (who appear so guileless) are children who have discovered how effective charm and modesty and a delicately calculated spontaneity are in winning what they want.

Category: Children

For what human ill does dawn not seem to be alternative?

Category: Choice

The comic spirit is given to us in order that we may analyze, weigh, and clarify things in us which nettle us, or which we are outgrowing, or trying to reshape.

Category: Comedy And Comedians

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.

Category: Conflict

Every writer is necessarily a critic -- that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on. The critic that is in every fabulist is like the iceberg -- nine-tenths of him is under water.

Category: Critics And Criticism

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.

Category: Enjoyment

Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.

Category: Literature

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

Category: Marriage

The best part of married life is the fights. The rests is merely so.

Category: Marriage

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

Category: Meaning Of Life