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

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

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We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

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There is nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head.

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It seems to me that once if your life before you die you ought to see a country where they don't talk in English and don't even want to.

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All that we know about those we have loved and lost is that they would wish us to remember them with a more intensified realization of their reality. What is essential does not die but clarifies. The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.

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The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.

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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.

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Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you.

Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it -- every, every minute?

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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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Every good thing in the world stands on the razor-edge of danger.

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The stuff of which masterpieces are made drifts about the world waiting to be clothed in words.

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Enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.

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Some say that we shall never know, and that to the gods we are like the flies that the boys kill on a summer's day, and some say, to the contrary, that the very sparrows do not lose a feather that has not been brushed away by the finger of God.

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About Thornton Wilder

Quotes 146 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

EMILY: "Does anyone ever realize life while they live it.

..every, every minute?" STAGE MANAGER: "No. Saints and poets maybe...they do some.

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

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Life is a fatal adventure. It can only have one end. So why not make it as far-ranging and free as possible.

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The more decisions that you are forced to make alone, the more you are aware of your freedom to choose.

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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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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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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 want you to try and remember what it was like to have been very young.

And particularly the days when you were first in love; when you were like a person sleepwalking, and you didn’t quite see the street you were in, and didn’t quite hear everything that was said to you. You’re just a little bit crazy. Will you remember that, please?

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A sense of humor judges one's actions and the actions of others from a wider reference. It pardons shortcomings, it consoles failure.

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Money is like manure; it's not worth a thing unless it's spread around encouraging young things to grow.

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

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Good-by, Good-by, world. Good-by, Grover's Corners... Mama and Papa. Good-by to clocks ticking... and Mama's sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new-ironed dresses and hot baths...and sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you.

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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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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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There is no need for me to curse you -the murderer survives the victim only to learn that it was himself that he longed to be rid of. Hatred is self-hatred.

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Where there is an unknowable, there is a promise.

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Ninety-nine percent of the people in the world are fools and the rest of us are in great danger of contagion.

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Choose the least important day in your life. It will be important enough.

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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.

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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.

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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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I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms.

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People are meant to go through life two by two. ’Tain’t natural to be lonesome.

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Every person who has ever lived has lived an unbroken succession of unique occasions.

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Now he discovered that secret from which one never quite recovers, that even in the most perfect love one person loves less profoundly than the other. There may be two equally good, equally gifted, equally beautiful, but theremay never be two that love one another equally well.

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Throughout the hours of the night, though there had been few to hear it, the whole sky had been loud with the singing of these constellations.

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Being employed is like being loved: you know that somebody's thinking about you the whole time.

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true influence over another comes not from a moments eloquence nor from any happily chosen word, but from the accumulation of a lifetime's thoughts stored up in the eyes...the secret smile in the eyes of a friend

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Characterization in a play is like a blank check which the dramatist accords to the actor for him to fill in.

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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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Pride, avarice, and envy are in every home.

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Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.

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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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I rose by sheer military ability to the rank of corporal.

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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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the whole purport of literature...is the notation of the heart. Style is but the faintly contemptible vessel in which the bitter liquid is recommended to the world.

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