Thornton Wilder Quotes

Found 67 quotes by Thornton Wilder .
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"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." Thornton Wilder
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American Novelist    Exploration   

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"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." Thornton Wilder
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Goals   

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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." Thornton Wilder
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Support    Vice   

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

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"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
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"Yes. Now you know. Now you know. That's what it was to be alive, to move about in a cloud of ignorance, to go up and down trampling on the feelings of those-- of those about you, to spend and waste time as if you had a million years, to be always at the mercy of one self-centered passion or another. Now you know, that's the 'happy' existence you wanted to go back to. Ignorance and blindness." Thornton Wilder
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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." Thornton Wilder
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"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." Thornton Wilder
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Charm    Children   

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"There's nothing like mixing with a woman to bring out all the foolishness in a man of sense" Thornton Wilder
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"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." Thornton Wilder
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Children   

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"The best part of married life is the fights. The rests is merely so." Thornton Wilder
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Marriage   

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

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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" Thornton Wilder
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Advice   

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"The more decisions that you are forced to make alone, the more you are aware of your freedom to choose" Thornton Wilder
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Choice   

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"When you're safe at home you wish you were having an adventure; when you're having an adventure you wish you were safe at home" Thornton Wilder
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Adventure   

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"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
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American Novelist    God   

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"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
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American Novelist    Bridge   

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"Wherever you come near the human race there's layers and layers of nonsense." Thornton Wilder
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"The best thing about animals is that they don't talk much." Thornton Wilder
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American Novelist    Animals   

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"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." Thornton Wilder
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American Novelist   

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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." Thornton Wilder
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