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

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


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.


A play visibly represents pure existing.


Pride, avarice, and envy are in every home.


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.'


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


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


Providence has nothing good or high in store for one who does not resolutely aim at something high or good. A purpose is the eternal condition of success.


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


Many plays - certainly mine - are like blank checks. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.


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


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


In advertising, not to be different is virtual suicide.


Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.


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.


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


Every good thing in the world stands on the razor-edge of danger.


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