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 :: 1897-1975, American Novelist, Playwright

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I rose by sheer military ability to the rank of corporal.
~ Thornton Wilder - [Soldier]

 

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Many great writers have been extraordinarily awkward in daily exchange, but the greatest give the impression that their style was nursed by the closest attention to colloquial speech.
~ Thornton Wilder - [Speech]

 

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I've never forgotten for long at a time that living is struggle. 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 -- whether it's a field, or a home, or a country.
~ Thornton Wilder - [Struggle]

 

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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.
~ Thornton Wilder - [Theater]

 

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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.''
~ Thornton Wilder - [Theater]

 

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It is only in appearance that time is a river. It is a vast landscape and it is the eye of the beholder that moves.
~ Thornton Wilder - [Time and Time Management]

 

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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.
~ Thornton Wilder - [Vice]

 

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A play visibly represents pure existing.
~ Thornton Wilder - [Plays]

 

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Many plays, are like blank checks. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.
~ Thornton Wilder - [Plays]

 

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Where there is an unknowable, there is a promise.
~ Thornton Wilder - [Promises]

 

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Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.
~ Thornton Wilder - [Literature]

 

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Marriage is a bribe to make a housekeeper think she's a householder.
~ Thornton Wilder - [Marriage]

 

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The best part of married life is the fights. The rests is merely so.
~ Thornton Wilder - [Marriage]

 

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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.
~ Thornton Wilder - [Meaning of Life]

 

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It's when you're safe at home that you wish you were having an adventure. When you're having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.
~ Thornton Wilder - [Conflict]

 

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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.
~ Thornton Wilder - [Critics and Criticism]

 

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My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate -- that's my philosophy.
~ Thornton Wilder - [Enjoyment]

 

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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.
~ Thornton Wilder - [Acting and Actors]

 

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The test of an adventure is that when you're in the middle of it, you say to yourself, ''Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home.'' And the sign that something's wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wish
~ Thornton Wilder - [Adventure]

 

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The best thing about animals is they don't talk much.
~ Thornton Wilder - [Animals]

 

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