home > authors > Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder

Thornton Niven Wilder (1897-04-17 1975-12-07) was an American author and playwright.
Found 41 thoughts of Thornton Wilder

Life is an unbroken succession of false situations.

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.

Thornton Wilder

Wherever you come near the human race there's layers and layers of nonsense.

Thornton Wilder

Hope, like faith, is nothing if it is not courageous; it is nothing if it is not ridiculous.

Thornton Wilder

Every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment to moment on the razor edge of danger and must be fought for.

Thornton Wilder

For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation?

Thornton Wilder

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.

Thornton Wilder

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

Thornton Wilder

Wherever you get near the human race, there's just layers and layers of nonsense.

Thornton Wilder

Love is an energy which exists of itself. It is its own value.

Thornton Wilder

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.

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.

Thornton Wilder

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

Thornton Wilder

Nature reserves the right to inflict upon her children the most terrifying jests.

Thornton Wilder

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

Thornton Wilder

I would love to be the poet laureate of Coney Island.

Thornton Wilder

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

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.

Thornton Wilder

Pride, avarice, and envy are in every home.

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.

Thornton Wilder

It is only in appearance that time is a river. It is rather a vast landscape and it is the eye of the beholder that moves.

Thornton Wilder

The more decisions that you are forced to make alone, the more you are aware of your freedom to choose.

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.

Thornton Wilder

An incinerator is a writer's best friend.

Thornton Wilder

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

Thornton Wilder
1 2   Next