Thornton Wilder

1897 - 1975

A Quote by Thornton Niven Wilder

true influence over another comes not from a moments eloquence nor from any happily chosen word, but from the accumulation of a lifetime's thoughts stored up in the eyes...the secret smile in the eyes of a friend

Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)

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A Quote by Thornton Niven Wilder on humans, realize, life, every, and minute

"Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?--every, every minute?"

Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)

Source: Our Town

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A Quote by Thornton Niven Wilder on life

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Does anyone ever realize life while they live it?  Every, every minute?

Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)

Source: Our Town

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A Quote by Thornton Niven Wilder on thornton wilder, love, and service

In love's service only wounded soldiers can serve.

Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)

Source: Thornton Wilder's play The Angel that Troubled the Waters

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A Quote by Thornton Niven Wilder on day, reading, work, and uplifting

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

Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)

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A Quote by Thornton Niven Wilder on children and faith

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 (1897 - 1975)

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A Quote by Thornton Niven Wilder on death, life, and love

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

Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)

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A Quote by Thornton Niven Wilder on promises

Where there is an unknowable there is a promise.

Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)

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A Quote by Thornton Niven Wilder on death, earth, life, love, people, and suffering

The dead don't stay interested in us living people for very long. Gradually, gradually, they let go hold of the earth . . . and the ambitions they had . . . and the things they suffered . . . and the people they loved. They get weaned away from the earth - that's the way I put it - weaned away.

Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)

Source: Our Town, 1938, act III

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A Quote by Thornton Niven Wilder on awareness and responsibility

I hold we cannot be said to be aware of our minds save under responsibility.

Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)

Source: The Ides of March, 1948

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