Thornton Wilder

1897 - 1975

A Quote by Thornton Niven Wilder on danger, people, rest, and world

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

Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)

Source: The Matchmaker, 1954,act I

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A Quote by Thornton Niven Wilder on nonsense

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

Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)

Source: Our Town

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A Quote by Thornton Niven Wilder on blindness, existence, feeling, happiness, ignorance, mercy, passion, and time

That's what it was to be alive. To move about in a cloud of ignorance; to go up and down trampling on the feelings of those about you. To spend and waste time as though you had a million years. To be always at the mercy of one self-centered passion, or another. Now you know - that's the happy existence you wanted to go back to. Ignorance and blindness.

Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)

Source: Our Town, 1938, act III

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

Even memory is not necesary 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 (1897 - 1975)

Source: The Bridge of San Luis Rey, 1927, last lines

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A Quote by Thornton Niven Wilder on children, dogs, losing, and love

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

Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)

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A Quote by Thornton Niven Wilder on good, wedding, and women

A man looks pretty small at a wedding, George. All those good women standing shoulder to shoulder, making sure that the knot's tied in a mighty public way.

Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)

Source: Our Town, 1938, act II

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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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A Quote by Thornton Niven Wilder on courage, faith, and hope

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

Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)

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A Quote by Thornton Niven Wilder on advice, justice, and philosophy

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

Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)

Source: The Skin of Our Teeth, 1942, act I

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A Quote by Thornton Niven Wilder on fighting, life, and rest

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

Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)

Source: The Matchmaker, 1954,act II

Contributed by: Zaady

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