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Thornton Wilder
By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

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

By Anonym 16 Sep

Thornton Wilder

It is difficult, my dear Lucius, to escape becoming the person others believe one to be. A slave is twice enslaved, once by his chains and once again by the glances that fall upon him and say "thou slave.

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 20 Sep

Thornton Wilder

You're pretty enough for all normal purposes.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Now he discovered that secret from which one never quite recovers, that even in the most perfect love one person loves less profoundly than the other. There may be two equally good, equally gifted, equally beautiful, but theremay never be two that love one another equally well.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

All excellence is equally difficult.

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 20 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Y'know Babylon once had two million people in it, and all we know about 'em is the names of the kings and some copies of wheat contracts . . . and contracts for the sale of slaves. Yet every night all those families sat down to supper, and the father came home from his work, and the smoke went up the chimney, same as here. And even in Greece and Rome, all we know about the real life of the people is what we can piece together out of the joking poems and the comedies they wrote for the theatre back then. So I'm going to have a copy of this play put in the cornerstone and the people a thousand years from now'll know a few simple facts about us more than the Treaty of Versailles and the Lind-bergh flight. See what I mean? So people a thousand years from now this is the way we were in the provinces north of New York at the beginning of the twentieth century. This is the way we were: in our growing up and in our marrying and in our living and in our dying.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thornton Wilder

I was an old man when I was 12; and now I am an old man, AND IT'S SPLENDID!

By Anonym 18 Sep

Thornton Wilder

She resembled the swallow in the fable who once every thousand years transferred a grain of wheat, in the hope of rearing a mountain to reach the moon. Such persons are raised up in every age; they obstinately insist on transporting their grains of wheat and they derive a certain exhilaration from the sneers of the bystanders. “How queerly they dress!” we cry. “How queerly they dress!

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

People were always asking for good sound proofs; doubt springs eternal in the human breast, even in countries where the Inquisition can read your very thoughts in your eyes.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Thornton Wilder

The marriage is a bribe to make a housekeeper think she is a householder.

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 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Good-by, Good-by, world. Good-by, Grover's Corners... Mama and Papa. Good-by 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're too wonderful for anybody to realize you.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Thornton Wilder

It is in this sense that responsibility is liberty; the more decisions that you are forced to make alone, the more you are aware of your freedom to choose.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

In advertising, not to be different is virtual suicide.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

How terrifying and glorious the role of man if, indeed, without guidance and without consolation he must create from his own vitals the meaning for his existence and write the rules whereby he lives.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thornton Wilder

We do not choose the day of our birth nor may we choose the day of our death, yet choice is the sovereign faculty of the mind.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Thornton Wilder

The mind of Caesar. It is the reverse of most men's. It rejoices in committing itself. To us arrive each day a score of challenges; we must say yes or no to decisions that will set off chains of consequences. Some of us deliberate; some of us refuse the decision, which is itself a decision; some of us leap giddily into the decision, setting our jaws and closing our eyes, which is the sort of decision of despair. Caesar embraces decision. It is as though he felt his mind to be operating only when it is interlocking itself with significant consequences. Caesar shrinks from no responsibility. He heaps more and more upon his shoulders.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Thornton Wilder

You've got to love life to have life, and you've got to have life to love life.

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

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

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 14 Sep

Thornton Wilder

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thornton Wilder

The best part of married life is the fights. The rest is merely so-so.

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 15 Sep

Thornton Wilder

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thornton Wilder

There is no creation without faith and hope. There is no faith and hope that does not express itself in creation.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thornton Wilder

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.'

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

For what human ill does dawn not seem to be alternative?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Many who have spent a lifetime in it can tell us less of love than the child that lost a dog yesterday.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thornton Wilder

The condition of leadership adds new degrees of solitariness to the basic solitude of mankind. Every order that we issue increases the extent to which we are alone, and every show of deference which is extended to us separates us from our fellows.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Literature is the notation of the heart.

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 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

[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 14 Sep

Thornton Wilder

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

If I wasn't an actor, I'd be a secret agent.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Many who have dedicated their life to love, can tell us less about this subject than a child who lost his dog yesterday.

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

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 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 15 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Cesar is not a philosophical man. His life has been one long flight from reflection. At least he is clever enough not to expose the poverty of his general ideas; he never permits the conversation to move toward philosophical principles. Men of his type so dread all deliberation that they glory in the practice of the instantaneous decision. They think they are saving themselves from irresolution; in reality they are sparing themselves the contemplation of all the consequences of their acts. Moreover, in this way they can rejoice in the illusion of never having made a mistake; for act follows so swiftly on act that it is impossible to reconstruct the past and say that an alternative decision would have been better. They can pretend that every act was forced on them under emergency and that every decision was mothered by necessity

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

A good writer preserves an air of freedom in his prose, so that the reader won't know how a story will end - even if he's reading a history book.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thornton Wilder

Marriage is a bribe to make a housekeeper think she's a householder.

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 15 Sep

Thornton Wilder

All of us have failed. One wishes to be punished. One is willing to assume all kinds of penance, but do you know, my daughter, that in love -- I scarcely dare say it -- but in love our very mistakes don't seem to be able to last long?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thornton Wilder

But such occasions of excellence became less and less frequent. As her technique became sounder, [her] sincerity became less necessary.

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.