Thornton Wilder Quotes

49 Thornton Wilder quotes:

"My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate."
"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."
"There's nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head."
"The more decisions that you are forced to make alone, the more you are aware of your freedom to choose."
"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.'"
"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."
"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."
"I would love to be the poet laureate of Coney Island."
"Many plays - certainly mine - are like blank checks. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them."
"Marriage is a bribe to make a housekeeper think she's a householder."
"Nature reserves the right to inflict upon her children the most terrifying jests."
"Pride, avarice, and envy are in every home."
"Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day."
"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."
"Every writer is necessarily a critic -- that is, each sentence is a skeleton accompanied by enormous activity of rejection; and each selection is governed by general principles concerning truth, force, beauty, and so on. The critic that is in every fabulist is like the iceberg -- nine-tenths of him is under water."
"The comic spirit is given to us in order that we may analyze, weigh, and clarify things in us which nettle us, or which we are outgrowing, or trying to reshape."
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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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"If I wasn't an actor, I'd be a secret agent."
"It is very necessary to have markers of beauty left in a world seemingly bent on making the most evil ugliness."
"Ninety-nine per cent of the people in the world are fools and the rest of us are in great danger of contagion."

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