Thornton Wilder Quotes

49 Thornton Wilder quotes:

"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."
Author: Wilder Quotes Category: Charming Quotes
"Marriage is a bribe to make a housekeeper think she's a householder"
Author: Wilder Quotes Category: Marriage Quotes
"An incinerator is a writer's best friend."
"Every good thing in the world stands on the razor-edge of danger."
"My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate."
"There's nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head."
"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"
Author: Wilder Quotes Category: Adventure Quotes
"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."
Author: Wilder Quotes Category: Goals Quotes
"Pride, avarice, and envy are in every home"
Author: Wilder Quotes Category: Pride Quotes
"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."
Author: Wilder Quotes Category: Support Quotes Vice Quotes
"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."
Author: Wilder Quotes Category: American Novelist Quotes Exploration Quotes
"If I wasn't an actor, I'd be a secret agent."
"A play visibly represents pure existing."
"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."
"Nature reserves the right to inflict upon her children the most terrifying jests."
"Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day."
"The more decisions that you are forced to make alone, the more you are aware of your freedom to choose"
Author: Wilder Quotes Category: Choice Quotes
"The best part of married life is the fights. The rests is merely so."
Author: Wilder Quotes Category: Marriage Quotes
"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."
"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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