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Thornton Wilder

American Novelist
Thornton Niven Wilder was an American playwright and novelist. He received three Pulitzer Prizes, one for his novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and two for his plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, and a National Book Award for his novel The Eighth Day.For more see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thornton...
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Quotes by Thornton Wilder

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

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An incinerator is a writer's best friend.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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The theatre is supremely fitted to say: 'Behold! These things are.' Yet most dramatists employ it to say: 'This moral truth can be learned from beholding this action.'

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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.

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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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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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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.

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The theatre is supremely fitted to say: Behold! These things are. Yet most dramatists employ it to say: This moral truth can be learned from beholding this action.

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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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We live in what is, but we find 1,000 ways not to face it. Great theatre strengthens our faculty to face it.

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Many plays, certainly mine, are like blank cheques. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.

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The unencumbered stage encourages the truth operative in everyone. The less seen, the more heard. The eye is the enemy of the ear in real drama.

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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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