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Thornton Wilder
April 17, 1897 - December 7, 1975
Nationality: American
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: American Novelist

An incinerator is a writer's best friend.


When you're safe at home you wish you were having an adventure; when you're having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.


It is very necessary to have markers of beauty left in a world seemingly bent on making the most evil ugliness.


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


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


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.


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


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.


The best thing about animals is that they don't talk much.

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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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


Those who are silent, self-effacing and attentive become the recipients of confidences.


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