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Quotations by author » Thornton Wilder
American writer of innovative plays and novels, 1897-1975
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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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A living is made, Mr. Kemper, by selling something that everybody needs at least once a year. Yes, sir! And a million is made by producing something that everybody needs every day. You artists produce something that nobody needs at any time.
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A play visibly represents pure existing.
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A sense of humor judges one's actions and the actions of others from a wider reference . . . and finds them incongruous. It dampens enthusiasm; it mocks hope; it pardons shortcomings; it consoles failure. It recommends moderation.
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An incinerator is a writer's best friend.
Best friend
And the sign that something's wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home And the sign that something's wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure.
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And we ourselves shall be loved for a while and forgotten. But the love will have been enough; all those impulses of love return to the love that made them. Even memory is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead,
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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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Enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.
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Every good thing in the world stands on the razor-edge of danger.
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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.
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For what human ill does dawn not seem to be alternative?
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For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation?
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Hope, like faith, is nothing if it is not courageous; it is nothing if it is not ridiculous.
Hope
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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I am not interested in the ephemeral-such subjects as the adulteries of dentists. I am interested in those things that repeat and repeat and repeat in the lives of the millions.
Children
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...
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I rose by sheer military ability to the rank of corporal
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I was an old man when I was 12; and now I am an old man, AND IT'S SPLENDID!
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I would love to be the poet laureate of Coney Island.
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