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By Anonym 14 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Life is a fatal adventure. It can only have one end. So why not make it as far-ranging and free as possible.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

[Dona Maria] saw that the people of this world moved about in an armor of egotism, drunk with self-gazing, athirst for compliments, hearing little of what was said to them, unmoved by the accidents that befell their closest friends, in dread of all appeals that might interrupt their long communion with their own desires.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Choose the least important day in your life. It will be important enough.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thornton Wilder

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thornton Wilder

I want you to try and remember what it was like to have been very young. And particularly the days when you were first in love; when you were like a person sleepwalking, and you didn’t quite see the street you were in, and didn’t quite hear everything that was said to you. You’re just a little bit crazy. Will you remember that, please?

By Anonym 18 Sep

Thornton Wilder

So - people a thousand years from now...This is the way we were: in our growing up and in our marrying and in our living and in our dying.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Imprisonment of the body is bitter; imprisonment of the mind is worse

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thornton Wilder

The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

A sense of humor judges one's actions and the actions of others from a wider reference. It pardons shortcomings, it consoles failure.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Thornton Wilder

They had been brought up to think that the domestic virtues were self-evident and universal; they had been starved of the knowledge that most attracts the young mind: that the crown of life is the exercise of choice

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thornton Wilder

There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

A play visibly represents pure existing.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thornton Wilder

When God loves a creature he wants the creature to know the highest happiness and the deepest misery ... He wants him to know all that being alive can bring. That is his best gift.... There is no happiness save in understanding the whole.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Money is like manure; it's not worth a thing unless it's spread around encouraging young things to grow.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Perhaps she would learn in time to permit both her daughter and her gods to govern their own affairs.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

If you write to impress it will always be bad, but if you write to express it will be good

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thornton Wilder

On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travelers into the gulf below.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

I didn't marry you because you were perfect. I didn't even marry you because I loved you. I married you because you gave me a promise. That promise made up for your faults. And the promise I gave you made up for mine. Two imperfect people got married and it was the promise that made the marriage. And when our children were growing up, it wasn't a house that protected them; and it wasn't our love that protected them--it was that promise.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thornton Wilder

The difference between a little money and no money at all is enormous-and can shatter the world. And the difference between a little money and an enormous amount of money is very slight-and that, also, can shatter the world.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Whom were these two seeking to please? Not the audiences of Lima. They had long since been satisfied. We come from a world where we have known incredible standards of excellence, and we dimly remember beauties which we have not seized again; and we go back to that world. Uncle Pio and Camila Perichole were tormenting themselves in an effort to establish in Peru the standards of the theatres in some Heaven whither Calderon had preceded them. The public for which masterpieces are intended is not on this earth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Even in the most perfect love one person loves less profoundly than the other.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

But soon we shall die and all memory of those five will have left the earth, 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 and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

He regarded love as a sort of cruel malady through which the elect are required to pass in their late youth and from which they emerge, pale and wrung, but ready for the business of living.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Everybody has a right to their own troubles.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thornton Wilder

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

I have inherited this burden of superstition and nonsense. I govern innumerable men but must acknowledge that I am governed by birds and thunderclaps

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Comparisons of one's lot with others' teaches us nothing and enfeebles the will.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

If a man has no vices, he is in great danger of making vices about his virtues, and there's a spectacle.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Characterization in a play is like a blank check which the dramatist accords to the actor for him to fill in.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Faith is a never-ending pool of clarity, reaching far beyond the margins of consciousness. We all know more than we know we know.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Thornton Wilder

The art of biography is more difficult than is generally supposed.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thornton Wilder

The future is the most expensive luxury in the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Doctors are mostly impostors. The older a doctor is and the more venerated he is, the more he must pretend to know everything. Of course, they grow worse with time. Always look for a doctor who is hated by the best doctors. Always seek out a bright young doctor before he comes down with nonsense.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thornton Wilder

The planting of trees is the least self-centered of all that we can do. It is a purer act of faith than the procreation of children.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thornton Wilder

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

EMILY: "Does anyone ever realize life while they live it...every, every minute?" STAGE MANAGER: "No. Saints and poets maybe...they do some.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Thornton Wilder

I regard the theater 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. This supremacy of the theater derives from the fact that it is always "now" on the stage.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Man is not an end but a beginning. We are at the beginning of the second week. We are children of the eighth day

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

How do you know what the world is like? Do you know the world is a foul sty? Do you know if you rip the fronts off houses you'd find swine? The world's a hell. What does it matter what happens in it?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Heaven's my destination.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

In advertising, not to be different is virtual suicide.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thornton Wilder

She had never realized any love save love as passion. Such love, though it expends itself in generosity and thoughtfulness, though it give birth to visions and to great poetry, remains among the sharpest expressions of self-interest. Not until it has passed though a long servitude, though its own self-hatred, though mockery, though great doubts, can it take its place among the loyalties. Many who have spent a lifetime in it can tell us less of love than the child that lost a dog yesterday.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

I am my own judge of what truths I shall tell. The truth can do just as much harm as a lie.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thornton Wilder

There are the stars--doing their old, old crisscross journeys in the sky. Scholars haven't settled the matter yet, but they seem to think there are no living beings out there. Just chalk... or fire. Only this one is straining away, straining away all the time to make something of itself. Strain's so bad that every sixteen hours everybody lies down and gets a rest.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Ninety-nine percent of the people in the world are fools and the rest of us are in great danger of contagion.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thornton Wilder

There's nothing like mixing with women to bring out all the foolishness in a man of sense.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

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.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Emily: Oh, Mama, look at me one minute as though you really saw me. Mama, fourteen years have gone by. I'm dead. You're a grandmother, Mama! Wally's dead, too. His appendix burst on a camping trip to North Conway. We felt just terrible about it - don't you remember? But, just for a moment now we're all together. Mama, just for a moment we're happy. Let's really look at one another!...I can't. I can't go on.It goes so fast. We don't have time to look at one another. I didn't realize. So all that was going on and we never noticed. Take me back -- up the hill -- to my grave. But first: Wait! One more look. Good-bye , Good-bye world. Good-bye, Grover's Corners....Mama and Papa. Good-bye to clocks ticking....and Mama's sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new ironed dresses and hot baths....and sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth,you are too wonderful for anybody to realize you. Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it--every,every minute? Stage Manager: No. (pause) The saints and poets, maybe they do some. Emily: I'm ready to go back.