quote by Thornton Wilder

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

— Thornton Wilder

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Listeners ne'er hear good of themselves.

Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.

Everyone in the world is impacted by the United States' Big Brother attitude toward the world. We need countries to say no to the United States. The United States is the dominant power in the universe, with its eavesdropping abilities, cyber abilities. And the world is in danger with our tyranny.

It's difficult to talk to people who whisper even at home, afraid of Americans eavesdropping on them. It's not a figure of speech, not a joke, I'm serious.


We're no longer in the Cold War. Eavesdropping on friends is unacceptable.

A writer's occupational hazard: I think of eavesdropping as minding my business.

I grew up in a society where everything you did was eavesdropped on, recorded, snitched on. I had friends when we were kids getting into trouble for telling anecdotes about Communist leaders.

The key to good eavesdropping is not getting caught.

I spend my time sitting in train stations, parks, parking lots, cafes, just looking at people - eavesdropping, basically. I'm vulnerable to all of it.


Whenever I read the psalms, I feel like I am eavesdropping on a saint having a personal conversation with God.

Radio listeners are voyeurs: lurking, invisible, eavesdropping.

There is no point in trying to remember your dreams .

.. There is only the unspeakable joy of eavesdropping on your spirit, catching tiny glimpses of its independent life, resting for a moment in its wisdom, puzzling, laughing sometimes, over what it's up to, what it makes of you.

It's lonely to listen to the pleasure of others, not that I've made a habit of that kind of eavesdropping. There's joy and passion in the next room, in the next bed, but it's not yours.

Nothing good was ever learned from eavesdropping, so mind your business and let others mind theirs.


Technology is not a panacea. I refuse to work on technology to track users, analyze usage patterns, watermark information, censor, detect drug use, or eavesdrop. I am not naive enough to think any of those technologies could enable a 'compromise'.

Eavesdropping is such a regular-person activity.

A journalist is basically a chronicler, not an interpreter of events.

Where else in society do you have the license to eavesdrop on so many different conversations as you have in journalism? Where else can you delve into the life of our times?

Spying on people by magic is the same as spying on them in any other way.

Every cell in your body is eavesdropping on your thoughts.


Any conversation including the mention of Roald Dahl, Ray Bradbury, or Emily Dickinson is one worth getting into or at least eavesdropping.

My wife thinks a B&B is a romantic getaway.

I think it's creepy, sharing coffee with strangers who were eavesdropping on you the night before.

Sounds like you kids have some talking to do. I'll be eavesdropping from the kitchen.

I shouldn't have eavesdropped, but sometimes, that's the only way to find out the truth.

Any place is good for eavesdropping, if you know how to eavesdrop.


Why did we not know that heads of state were being eavesdropped on, spied on? We are the intelligence committee and we didn't know that.

From a pure heart anything can be accomplished.

If you ask what the universe is doing, it is eavesdropping on your every desire.

Tigerkit! Have you been eavesdropping again?" Tawnypelt glared at her dark tabby kit, but it was easy to see the fondness in her eyes.

If you could eavesdrop on everything said about you, you'd spend most of your time waiting for the subject to come up.

You saved Dad's life. If anyone's got the right to eavesdrop on him, it's you.


I go to bars and restaurants, and I sit and I eavesdrop on people and I watch people in shopping centers and, you know, I read the newspapers and I talk to the Trenton cops, and I just get a lot of information that comes in that somehow turns into a book.

It's the way to educate your eyes. Stare. Pry, listen eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.

If we had known that one of those terrorist attacks was coming, could our government have electronically eavesdropped on the attackers without a warrant?

On his own okay, Bush has authorized eavesdropping on as many as a thousand people over the past three years, with some of those intercepts being purely domestic, the New York Times reported.

The English press, are so nosy, and the English seem to love that eavesdropping.

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